Extraordinary Ordination & Installation - July 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Shower of Stoles in support of extraordinary ordination
The service is called ?extraordinary? because it is performed outside the ordinary guidelines for Lutheran ordinations. All Lutheran church bodies currently discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) pastors. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) requires celibacy for GLBTQ pastors. Lura's ordination will be the first Extraordinary Ordination in Texas.
Lura Groen received an MDiv from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Prior to seminary, she was a two-year member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps, serving as a case manager to homeless people in Baltimore MD and Washington DC. The ELCA refused to accept Groen?s application for candidacy because of her sexual orientation. Groen was approved for call and admitted to the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries roster in 2007.
Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries is a national organization that credentials and rosters qualified candidates of all sexual orientations and gender identities for ministry; supports these pastors by connecting them with congregations who are committed to the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Lutheran life and ministry; provides mission grants to support the ministry of its roster members; and provides a network of support to congregations and pastors. Seventeen Lutheran congregations are served by Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries pastors.
Local press coverage
Channel 13 (ABC affiliate) website
Channel 39 Sunday, July 27
Channel 39 Saturday, July 26