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Minneapolis -- gay and lesbian pastors are real people waiting to see if the church will provide help and hope. Egertson, los angeles, bishop of the southern california (west) synod of the evangelical lutheran church in america (elca). The different types of rostered ministers in the elca include ministers of word and sacrament. Pastors, serve with active, courageous faith to offer the hope of the sacraments and to proclaim the good news of jesus christ in congregations and other ministry settings. in august 2009, the churchwide assembly of elca approved a resolution to open the ministry of the church to gay and lesbian pastors living in committed relationships. But the resolution did not automatically reinstate gay pastors who had been kicked out under the old rule. Schmeling was finally reinstated april 24 and easler on april 30. seven bay area gay and transgender pastors were reinstated into the national lutheran church on sunday after being barred for two decades from serving in. Elca to reinstate two gay pastors a gay lutheran in atlanta who was removed from the clergy roster for being in a relationship with a male pastor is in the process of being reinstated by the. pastors bradley schmeling and darin easler, a same-sex pastoral couple from atlanta, have been restored to the roster of ministers of the evangelical lutheran church of america. california lutheran univ cartoon church climate change decolonizelutheranism dig deeper eaton elca elca advocacy elca seminaries elca youth gathering gender neutral language george soros guns heresy heretics homosexual relations ice illegal immigration immigration israel jesus lcmc lcms lgbt luther college membership mother god nadia bloz. Sabin said, for two decades, many have been grieved and alienated by the elcas exclusion of gay and lesbian pastors blessed with loving spouses. I hope and pray that they can, like me, lay aside the hurts and take hope from the gracious power of god to renew and direct the church into evermore faithful and effective. another pastor who was expelled from the church, but was later reinstated, will participate in the service. The group is among the first gay, bisexual or transgender lutheran pastors to be reinstated or added to the rolls of the elca since the organization voted last year to lift the policy requiring celibacy.