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By William E. Lori | October 12, 2014
Last Monday, the extraordinary Synod of Bishops to discuss the "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization" began in Rome. The synod represents a key moment in the papacy of Pope Francis and in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, which is looking for more effective ways of communicating what it believes and teaches about marriage and family life and of supporting those who wish to live according to church teaching and are struggling to do so in the face of contemporary challenges.
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By William E. Lori | October 12, 2014
Last Monday, the extraordinary Synod of Bishops to discuss the "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization" began in Rome. The synod represents a key moment in the papacy of Pope Francis and in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, which is looking for more effective ways of communicating what it believes and teaches about marriage and family life and of supporting those who wish to live according to church teaching and are struggling to do so in the face of contemporary challenges.
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By Los Angeles Times | April 29, 1994
VATICAN CITY -- Summoned to Rome by Pope John Paul II for a special congress, Roman Catholic bishops from Africa are seeking to match the demands of their faith with the social, tTC political and economic needs of a hungry and often violent continent.For some 300 bishops from the 53 nations of Africa attending a month-long synod here, "inculturation" -- the melding of Roman Catholicism with African traditions -- emerged as an overriding concern. "It is the marriage of faith and life," said the group's interim document.
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By Manya A. Brachear and Manya A. Brachear,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 13, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. - More than 100 activists draped with rainbow-striped sashes streamed to the front of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Assembly yesterday and stood in silence as the denomination's chief legislative body denied ordination to gays and lesbians in committed relationships. The assembly also voted to encourage clergy and congregations to offer pastoral care for "all to whom they minister." An earlier proposal had specifically mentioned people in same-sex relationships, language that was interpreted as allowing pastors to conduct the informal blessing of gay unions without certain sanction.
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By New York Times News Service | November 29, 1991
ROME -- Roman Catholic bishops from both sides of the former Iron Curtain began a European synod yesterday with an unexpected acknowledgment of Judaism's contribution to the continent's development.The synod opened with a Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter at which Pope John Paul II urged the 136 bishops to find ways to restore what the church calls Europe's Christian roots after the fall of communism."May this synod gather all the needs to then give an answer that will move souls toward a new evangelization of Europe in this decisive historical moment," he said.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2000
The Rev. H. Gerard Knoche's mother would be proud. The Howard County minister has been elected bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one of the largest Protestant denominations in the country. "My mother was never happy that I went into the ministry, but she always said, `If you must do it, at least get to be a bishop,'" Knoche said. Knoche, pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, was elected on the fifth ballot by the Delaware-Maryland Synod Assembly at Western Maryland College in Westminster on Saturday.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2003
The Rev. Paul Michael Orso, who served as bishop of the Maryland Synod of the Lutheran Church of America during tumultuous times in the late 1960s and 1970s, died of Parkinson's disease Wednesday at Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village, a retirement community in Gwynn Oak. He was 84. Born and raised in Montoursville, Pa., he was ordained as a minister in 1944 at the Central Pennsylvania Synod of the United Lutheran Church. During the 1940s and 1950s, he held many roles, including chaplain at the former Marine Hospital in Baltimore; psychology professor at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., and at now-closed Upsala College in East Orange, N.J.; and also pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Boston, and at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Hartwick Seminary.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2000
In a ceremony filled with steadfast hymns and heartfelt prayer, the Rev. Henry Gerard Knoche was installed yesterday as the third bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination. Knoche, who had been pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia since 1991, was elected in June to succeed Bishop George Paul Mocko, who is retiring. The ritual, which opened with a procession of banners, candles and clerics robed in white and red, was held at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen because the building could accommodate all the invited guests.
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By Patrick Ercolano and Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff | June 20, 1991
When he looks at the research, Bishop Herbert Chilstro believes he sees a reason for the decline in the membership of mainstream Protestant churches in the United States."
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2000
The Rev. H. Gerard Knoche's mother would be proud. The Howard County minister has been elected bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one of the largest Protestant denominations in the country. "My mother was never happy that I went into the ministry, but she always said, `If you must do it, at least get to be a bishop,'" Knoche said. Knoche, pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, was elected on the fifth ballot by the Delaware-Maryland Synod Assembly at Western Maryland College in Westminster on Saturday.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 9, 2005
Tackling an issue that threatens to splinter many mainline Protestant churches in America, the chief legislative body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will decide this week on whether to ordain homosexuals in committed relationships and to continue allowing clergy to bless same-sex unions. Although embracing diversity has been a priority in the church in recent years, leaders say they will be more focused on preserving unity as they answer the question of whether homosexuality is a sin according to Scripture or a natural condition.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 5, 2005
ATLANTA - The United Church of Christ became the first mainline Christian denomination to officially support same-sex marriages when its General Synod passed a resolution yesterday affirming "equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender." The resolution was adopted in the face of efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage. It was both a theological statement and a protest against discrimination, said the Rev. John H. Thomas, the president and general minister of the denomination, which has 6,000 congregations and 1.3 million members.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | January 27, 2005
Bishop Morris G. Zumbrun, a Lutheran minister who became the first bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, died of coronary artery disease Jan. 20 at the Copper Ridge assisted-living facility in Sykesville. He was 82. Bishop Zumbrun was born in Hampstead and raised on his parents' farm in Greenmount, Carroll County. After graduating from Hampstead High School in 1938, he entered Gettysburg College and earned his bachelor's degree in Greek in 1942.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2003
The Rev. Paul Michael Orso, who served as bishop of the Maryland Synod of the Lutheran Church of America during tumultuous times in the late 1960s and 1970s, died of Parkinson's disease Wednesday at Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village, a retirement community in Gwynn Oak. He was 84. Born and raised in Montoursville, Pa., he was ordained as a minister in 1944 at the Central Pennsylvania Synod of the United Lutheran Church. During the 1940s and 1950s, he held many roles, including chaplain at the former Marine Hospital in Baltimore; psychology professor at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., and at now-closed Upsala College in East Orange, N.J.; and also pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Boston, and at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Hartwick Seminary.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | January 18, 2003
Bishop Mark S. Hanson, who leads the nation's largest Lutheran denomination, stood yesterday before a gathering of pastors and lay leaders in a Parkville church and exhorted them to be more evangelical. "Now come on, be honest. If you were lying on a therapist's couch and had to free associate and she said, `What's the first word to come to mind when you hear `witnessing,' how many of you would say, `Oh, Luther- ans!'" Hanson said to peals of laughter. "I don't think so!" Hanson, 56, a native of Minneapolis, is in the second year of a six-year term as presiding bishop of the 5 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denomination formed 15 years ago with the merger of three smaller Lutheran groups.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 21, 2001
ROME - A monthlong bishops conference has exposed an unexpectedly clear gap between two distinct Catholic worlds, divided along geographical as well as ideological lines. A number of bishops from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe came to push for change, in the form of greater local control. They told Pope John Paul II that they wanted to make more decisions back home, rather than to wait for Rome. Most bishops from Latin America, on the other hand, routinely emphasized a more traditional discussion of holiness and the bishop's role as a teacher and model.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 5, 2005
ATLANTA - The United Church of Christ became the first mainline Christian denomination to officially support same-sex marriages when its General Synod passed a resolution yesterday affirming "equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender." The resolution was adopted in the face of efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage. It was both a theological statement and a protest against discrimination, said the Rev. John H. Thomas, the president and general minister of the denomination, which has 6,000 congregations and 1.3 million members.
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By Leena Krishnaswamy and Leena Krishnaswamy,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | August 20, 1998
The Rev. J. Leon Haines, a prominent figure in the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, died Saturday in an automobile accident in Reisterstown. The Lutherville resident was 80.Mr. Haines had devoted more than a half-century to the ministry, and been on the Maryland Synod staff since 1957. He retired in 1985 as assistant to the bishop, but remained a consultant on congregational constitutions to what became after a merger the Delaware-Maryland Synod."He was deeply loved by the people of the Maryland Synod," said the Rev. Andrea Hagen, who worked closely with Mr. Haines and is now an assistant to the bishop.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2001
The United Methodist Church is mounting a major advertising campaign to spread the word that it is a warm and welcoming place. And chances are you'll get the message. Locally, the Baltimore-Washington Methodist Conference has bought time for more than 500 TV commercials that will begin airing Tuesday in the Baltimore, Washington and Hagerstown markets during local newscasts. Conference officials estimate that 75 percent of their target audience - adults between the ages of 24 and 54 - will see the spots at least eight times.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2000
In a ceremony filled with steadfast hymns and heartfelt prayer, the Rev. Henry Gerard Knoche was installed yesterday as the third bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination. Knoche, who had been pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia since 1991, was elected in June to succeed Bishop George Paul Mocko, who is retiring. The ritual, which opened with a procession of banners, candles and clerics robed in white and red, was held at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen because the building could accommodate all the invited guests.
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