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The One Where Monty Python Visits Minnesota Churches

Some divine comedy up in Minnesota, where at least one faction of Lutheran churches is breaking away from at least one other faction over at least one argument. A group known as the North American Lutheran Church, or NALC, is splitting—originally at the behest of Lutheran CORE, which used to stand for Coalition for Renewal before it went all HSBC and decided to just rock the acronym—from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or ELCA. But CORE will not fall under the jurisdiction of the NALC—even though CORE is what impelled the NALC to splinter off in the first place--in part because that would jeopardize CORE's relationship with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, or LCMC, and no one wants that. The catalyst for all the alphabet reorganizing was a spat over the ELCA's decision to permit gay pastors. Whether God was consulted during any of this is, appropriately, unclear.

The results of the shufflin' are twofold: Minnesota now has hordes of baffled church-going octogenarians, and we now have a scenario that would be tough to make up if it hadn't already been made up by Monty Python:



For the sake of the elderly, let's hope the groups quickly sort everything out and get back to doing whatever it is religious organizations do, which never really seems to be what they claim to be out to do, whatever that may be. Let's end with more Life of Brian:



—Neil Janowitz

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