LUTHERAN CHURCH-MISSOURI SYNOD
South Kirkwood Road
Louis, Missouri 63122
of the Fourth Vice President
Brothers in Christ:
few months ago the case brought by several complainants against
those who organized and authorized an interfaith prayer service in
the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University was
appealed to the Praesidium of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
After discussion with the District President of the Indiana
District, expressing the need for a clearer resolution to the
matter, President Sims provided the Praesidium with further
clarity concerning the response of the defendants (sic)
to his discussion with them and his findings in the case:
the basis of President Sims' most recent clarifications, the
Praesidium voices the following understanding concerning the case
brought against those who authorized, organized and conducted the
interfaith prayer service held on September 11, 2002.
service that took place was indeed worship of a unionistic and
syncretistic nature. Thus, the charges of the complainants were
upheld by President Sims who has stated, "I found in favor of
the complainants (there
worship and syncretism involved)."
defendants expressed sincere repentance for the wrong that they
did in. authorizing and conducting the service. President Sims has
reported, "I received that repentance verbally in the
presence of Reverend Dan May, and Reverend Mark Ptlughoeft (two of
my vice presidents) and I received it in writing."
Praesidium considers this matter to have been concluded and can
now report that those, who provided a setting within which
blasphemy was uttered and syncretistic worship occurred, have
repented of their wrong. It is a genuine blessing when Christian
admonition results in repentance and restoration.
Praesidium urges all within our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to
continue to honor our Scriptural doctrine and practice of
fellowship in our walk together in order that our Triune God may
be glorified and the Gospel of Jesus Christ be proclaimed clearly
throughout the world.
Paul L. Maier,
Jack A. Kozak, Hope Lutheran Church, Akron,OH
Paul A. Bartz, Trinity Lope Oak Lutheran Church, Eagan, MN
Ted L. Crandall, Parris Island, South Carolina
Jeffery W. Grams, St. John Lutheran Church, Scottsbluff, NE
Richard C. Kreitenstein, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Tupelo, MS
Timothy D. May, St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, WI
Peter Mills, Grace Lutheran Church, Akron, OH
Martin K. Moehring, St. Peter Lutheran Church,pecatur, IN
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kokomo, IN
Joseph Cunningham, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Don Williams, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, IN
Stephen Bongard, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, IN
James Wetzstein, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Gary, IN
Dr. Alan Harre, President, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Daniel May, President of the Indiana District"
of the Praesidium