This day, God willing, will change the face of our Lutheran Church. Our national convention votes on the ordination of women again. In previous votes it has been close but in the reign of President Semmler, convention delegates were harangued to be very careful with the threat of schism. This time around, under Bishop John Henderson, the conversation and Bible studies have been lengthy and open. The last two days have seen round tables discussion and the debate. The vote happens today.
We pray that women will be accepted as the pastoral leaders that they already are. We pray when women’s ordination is rolled out that very quickly they will be accepted by those who struggle with the idea of women as pastors. We do know that in other churches most of that resistance has faded away, especially in times of grief, when people have experienced the pastoral care that women provide.
The vote will happen any time in the next few hours. Pray for us.