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Abstract: Synod council offers synodical call with strings attached.
At about the same time as the SF conference assembly, the Sierra Pacific Synod Council met, and one of it's actions was to offer a synodical call to Pr. Susan Strouse (pictured) if certain "conditions" could be met.
Pr. Strouse is an ELCA pastor who has been called by and serves First United (SF), an independent Lutheran church since being expelled from the ELCA in 1995 for its role in calling and ordaining Pr. Ruth Frost, Pr. Phyllis Zillhart and Pr. Jeff Johnson in 1990.
To date, the synod has not recognized Pr. Strouse's call to First United, and the ELCA lists Pr. Strouse as "on leave from call." She will eventually be dropped from the roster if that status continues.
The condition that the synod council placed on the offer of a synodical call to Pr. Strouse is that First United must re-apply for membership in the Synod. This, we understand, is extremely unlikely since the policy that caused First United to be expelled in 1995 is still in effect. And after all, if the congregation were to rejoin the synod, there would be no need for a synodical call, would there?