Home > Homosexuality > Augustana College to Permit Same-Sex Weddings in Campus Chapel

Augustana College to Permit Same-Sex Weddings in Campus Chapel

November 29th, 2012
Marketing Advertising Blog — VuManhThang.Com

 

Signs of the times….

Augustana College to allow same-sex ceremonies

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:08 am

Augustana College in Rock Island will now allow same-sex ceremonies on campus.

President Steven Bahls has sent out an email announcing his decision to allow same-gender ceremonies after a recommendation from campus chaplain Richard Priggie.

Priggie tells WNIJ Radio ( http://bit.ly/TvIroB) that several gay couples expressed interest in having a ceremony. He says that led him to request the president’s approval.

The school is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. According to the email, the church left it up to Bahls to decide whether or not to open the campus to same-sex ceremonies.

Couples who wish to have a ceremony at the college’s Ascension Chapel must be affiliated with Augustana. Illinois allows civil unions, and couples also can hold “rites of marriage” or “blessings of unions” by a pastor.

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!
Categories: Homosexuality
  1. Jonathan Trost
    November 29th, 2012 at 17:58 | #1

    (An unhappy) “Thanks” for sharing that new clip, Pastor.

    As an ELCA layman, I winced at reading it, and at the linked statement of Augustana College’s president, Dr. Bahls.

    Where are, and what is the role of, the church’s theologians when it comes to addressing questions like this??? The answer in the ELCA today (and elsewhere?) seems to be that they are absent, i.e., go unheard, and their role is nil.

    The prime doctrines of American civic religion, i.e., “extravagent hospitality”, and “all-inclusiveness” now prevail in “my” church. The theology of the Church seems to have become irrelevant, whatever it may have become. None addresses these questions theologically. Rather, only considerations of political expediency and the social “winds” currently blowing helter-skelter outside the Church merit attention and deference.

    Fleetingly, I sometimes admire the Magisterium of the Roman Church. For, as a RC friend once told me: “Yes, unlike you Protestants, we Catholics do have a pope. But, you Protestants, unlike us Catholics, appear to have as many popes as you have congregations and synods” Might he now add college presidents, as well?

  2. Kim
    November 29th, 2012 at 21:28 | #2

    My alma mater. Sigh. They’ll get no money from this alumnus.

  3. November 30th, 2012 at 09:29 | #3

    There is a reason that Jesus said, “Give to God what is God’s and give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” Caesar’s side of the coin was facing one way and God’s side was facing the other way.
    There was a reason that both were not on the same side. God’s laws and Caesar’s laws (the government) are not always on the same side of an issue like homosexual marriage. Which side of the coin do you choose? As for me and my house, we will choose the Lord.

  4. CRB
    November 30th, 2012 at 22:25 | #4

    Jonathan,
    You wrote: “The prime doctrines of American civic religion, i.e., “extravagent hospitality”, and “all-inclusiveness” now prevail in “my” church. The theology of the Church seems to have become irrelevant, whatever it may have become. None addresses these questions theologically. Rather, only considerations of political expediency and the social “winds” currently blowing helter-skelter outside the Church merit attention and deference.”

    It would seem to me that this describes what is happening (and has been going on for many years!) in liberal Christianity; they are self-destructing, they are apostate.

  5. Jonathan Trost
    December 1st, 2012 at 16:42 | #5

    @CRB

    “Liberal Christianity”, with its prime emphasis on “doing good and avoiding evil”, once dominated on much of the American scene. But, many of the churches which subscribe(d) to it have gone from being referred to as “mainline churches” to “sidelined churches”. That is, they are pretty much ignored by those in government, the media, and the general public. The response to them is “Ho-hum”.

    But, when they allow themselves to become but an adjunct of the ADA (Americans for Democratic Action), what should they expect?

    When they ask in their preaching and elsewhere only “What would Jesus do?”, and virtually ignore what he has done in the Crucifixion and Resurrection; when they even ignore, minimize, or deny mankind’s need for God’s grace in those events, then they are Christian in name only.

  6. Marilyn
    December 2nd, 2012 at 07:15 | #6

    @Kim
    Sadly, I’m also an alum. I, too, will not be giving any more money.

Comments are closed.