Trinity Lutheran Church

Same Sex Marriage Supper and Forum

Forums on “Same Sex Marriage and the Church” to be facilitated by Pastor Linstrom

Following up on the Adult Forum led by Pastor Linstrom in 2017 on “The Church and Homosexuality,” the Congregation Council is sponsoring a series of three Sunday afternoon study sessions in the fall of 2018 on “Same Sex Marriage and the Church.” 

Bringing summary teachings from the “Journey Together Faithfully” resources developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2003, which were studied in detail by Pastor Linstrom’s 2017 forum participants, along with study of the tradition of marriage and the social statements of the ELCA, this three-session series will include time for small group discussion and large group questions and answers.  Those who participate in the entire three-session series will be asked to complete a survey that the Council will receive in its ongoing discussion of Same Sex Marriage.

The topics and itinerary for our gatherings are as follows:

  • Sunday, November 11 – Biblical foundations for the study of homosexuality and the church, with “Journey Together Faithfully” Biblical foundations study guide available to participants to take home                                                                  
  • Sunday, December 9 – Q&A regarding Biblical foundations to open, and an introduction to marriage (civil, Biblical and in the tradition of the church)
  • Sunday, January 13 – Homosexuality and the Church, with the option in the ELCA for Same Sex Blessing since 2009, and the June 2015 implications of the Supreme Court decision legalizing Same Sex Marriage – where do we stand today and where do we go from here?

The format for each session will include:

     5 p.m.    supper
5:30 p.m.    opening prayer
5:35 p.m.    a reflection on ‘bound conscience’
5:40 p.m.    a brief teaching session from the “Journey Together Faithfully” resources and other materials – limited Q&A
6:05 p.m.   small group discussion
6:30 p.m.   a brief unifying Bible study/devotional time
6:40 p.m.   closing Q&A
6:45 p.m.   closing prayer 

Join us on Sunday evenings this fall for these important times of prayerful deliberation.

Date: 01/14/2019 (Mon.)

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST

Location: Courtyard Fellowship (Lower Level Downstairs)

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Same Sex Marriage Supper and Forum Attendee (All Three Sessions 11/11, 12/9 & 1/13)

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Brad & Sherry Blair (2)
John Johnson
Phil & Kelly Wittry (2)
Bruce and Joyce Schlanderer (2)
Linda & Bob Heine (2)
Pam Gotch
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Kristin Bradley
Bob & Barb Crossman (2)
Dave & Wendy Johnson (2)
Dave will attend 11/11 & 1/13, but will miss 12/9. Wendy will be present at all 3 forums.
Brenda Baker
Michelle Morin
I can attend 11/11 and 1/13
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Mike and Karen Unruh
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Joanna, Chris, Spencer and Richard Gehl
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Brittany and Jeff (Though Jeff will not be able to make 11/11).
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Cindy Zientarski
Can only attend 12/09 and 01/13
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We will not be able to attend the December session.
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We can attend 11/11 & 1/13
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Kate Bredwell (5)
Kate, Bryan, Leah, and Ali will participate. Zoe will also eat dinner.
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Pastor Karen
Kristine Fox (2)
Only attending 12/9 and 1/13
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Caroline Kuntzman
David Beckett
Cami Estep
Diane Field
Mark and Rebecca Mattison (2)
Chris Engle
Corina Dulecki (2)
Corina and Scott
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Donna Erikson
Pastor Bob Linstrom
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and Steve
Lara Freeburger
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We will be able to come to the first session only. Thanks.
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Rachele Battreall
beth hall
Melissa Haneline
Mike Mason (5)
5 for dinner, 2 for the forum
Sheryl Vander Baan
12/9 and 1/14
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Sarah and TJ Turnage (2)
Amy Fox
Kim Owens
Nancy Anderson
Karen Betz-Griewahn and Elwyn Griewahn (2)
John & Kelli Basher (2)
12/9 & 01/13
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Ian and I will attend 12/9 and 1/13 sessions
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Child Care Needed (All Three Sessions 11/11, 12/9 & 1/13) (Please list ages of children in comments)

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4 & 6
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Zoe - age 5
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