Conundrum Caption Contest: One viewer of The Clergy Conundrum in Issue 28 was reminded of this passage from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass:
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'
'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master - - that's all.' wonders what other captions our readers might attach to this video. Send your caption to

Tale of Two Cities: On June 16, Dawn Roginski will be ordained at St. Francis (SF) with a gala celebration honoring Pr. Roginski, Pr. Jeff Johnson, and Greg Egertson that evening at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco. Pr. Roginski will be installed as Pastor of Parish Programs at St. Francis on June 17.
Also on June 17, Dr. James Nestingen will be the featured speaker at the WordAlone Banquet and Theological Conference at Mount Carmel Ministries, in Alexandria, MN. The banquet is the kick-off for WordAlone's Institute for Renewing Lutheran Theology. On June 18-20 Dr. Steven Paulson will speak on Categorical Preaching and Pastor Dick Smith will be the preacher for the worship services.
Inquiring minds want to know:
And will Central Great Lakes Synod Bishop Thorvald "Wally" Noe-Effingway attend both events as he campaigns relentlessly to succeed Lowell Almen as Secretary of the ELCA?
Will Dr. Nestingen drop another F-Bomb in his remarks?

Bloopers and Bombshells: Our far-flung, ever-sensitive network of correspondents sends the following bloopers from Synod Assemblies:
In the Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly, during debate on the Sunshine Resolution a speaker rose to advise the voting members, "Pr. Jeff Johnson has a war chest of over one million dollars!

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    " Members of Pr. Johnson's congregation are looking into the matter.
    And at the Southwestern Texas Assembly a speaker rose to deliver the "bombshell" that Pr. Bradley Schmeling had "walked away from" a wife and daughter. Apart from being irrelevant to the resolution under consideration at the time, the allegation misrepresents the truth: Pr. Schmeling was indeed once married. Anyone who knows how to search the Internet for divorce records can confirm that the marriage ended amicably, that there were no children, and that the county records list Pr. Schmeling's middle initial incorrectly.

    Grace in Houston: On Sunday, May 20, after years(!) of discernment and conversation, Grace (Houston) voted to consider ECP candidates the congregation's search for a pastor. The resolution approved by the congregation reads in part:
    WHEREAS we do not desire to be at odds with our brothers and sisters within the wider church body, but in good conscience we must be true to our call to be inclusive - welcoming and affirming people for who God has created them to be.

    Competition is a Good Thing, Isn't It?: In the Southeast Iowa Synod, voting members may be presented with more than one "policy change" resolution. In addition to Memorial 1 from goodsoil, Pr. Peter Marty and Pr. Rev. Gerry Gjerde submitted a resolution calling for an update toVision and Expectations. Their resolution was received after the synod's deadline, so the assembly will have to vote on whether it should be considered. The measure reads in part:
    Resolved, that the Southeastern Iowa Synod request the Conference of Bishops and the Church Council of the ELCA to acknowledge that suitability for service to God through rostered ministry in the ELCA should not be defined by the language of sexuality but rather by the rich texture of everything that makes the many varieties of close human relationship spiritually and emotionally significant - understanding and underscoring that our theology and conscience as a church require that all relationships of intimacy be monogamous, faithful, loving, life-long in commitment, generous in character, and non-abusive and non-exploitative in nature...

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