This summer First United Lutheran in San Francisco took a historic vote to unanimously rejoin the ELCA. After calling openly gay pastor Jeff Johnson, First United was suspended in 1990, then expelled in 1995. Their actions, along with those of St. Francis Lutheran Church began the movement that became Lutheran Lesbian & Gay Ministries, then the Extraordinary Candidacy Project and eventually to the formation of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.
Rev. Susan M. Strouse is pastor of First United Lutheran Church. Susan was on the ELM Roster for a period of time when her call was in jeopardy because she was serving First United. Susan writes about planning for the Service of Reconciliation & Healing that will take place on October 14th. Read her blog here.