The Clergy Letter Project and the ELCA
I received the following October 7 from The Clergy Letter Project:
"Although the main focus of The Clergy Letter Project has been to promote the importance of evolution, that focus has led us to take a number of positions that are fully congruent with those so well-articulated in the Mission & Vision statement of the ELCA. That statement, in part, says, 'we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all people,' and 'As Christ's church, we value the richness of God's creation and offer a radical welcome to all people.' Additionally, that statement calls for 'Faithful stewardship of God's creation and gifts.' In keeping with these principles, The Clergy Letter Project has spoken out against homophobia and Islamophobia and in favor of social justice and The Clergy letter Project has signed on as a formal partner in the March of Science and the People's Climate March. Even more recently, The Clergy Letter Project has issues a forceful condemnation against white supremacy arguing that 'the vile rhetoric being spewed by white supremacists is religiously and biologically bankrupt.'"
The Clergy Letter Project is not of Lutheran origin. However, the group obviously sees the ELCA as a partner is a variety of progressive causes and is involved in these other causes as a way to attract more Lutherans to the concern about teaching evolution.
I recently read the ELCA is rated as one of the most liberal religious groups in the country, as I have noted elsewhere in this blog. i expect to see more groups reaching out to us as The Clergy Letter Project has.