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Abstract: Pr. Robert Goldstein celebrates first anniversary at St. Francis Lutheran in San Francisco
March 26 was the one-year anniversary of Pr. Robert Goldstein's installation at St. Francis in San Francisco. Pr. Goldstein left the Metro Chicago Synod (where he enjoyed amicable relations with Bishop Paul Landahl) to accept the call to St. Francis (an independent Lutheran congregation since being expelled in 1995, along with First United, by the ELCA). Bishop Landahl preached at Pr. Goldstein's installation at St. Francis in 2006. We're not sure if Sierra-Pacific Synod Bishop David Mullen has visited St. Francis.Pr. Goldstein is on the ELCA roster, but he's listed as "On Leave". If he remains on leave for 3 years, he will be dropped from the roster.In the past, the Sierra Pacific Synod has adopted resolutions declaring its intention to be friendly to St. Francis and First United, and one way to be friendly to them might be to extend synodical calls to the ELCA-rostered pastors (Pr. Goldstein and Pr. Susan Strouse) who serve those congregations and whose service is not recognized by the ELCA.Of course, the visionary thing to do would be to extend synodical calls to the ECP pastors serving ELCA ministries in this synod as well as to the ELCA pastors serving ministries the ELCA has excluded.
Synod Assembly in the Sierra-Pacific Synod is April 19-21.