An Open Letter to Bishop Timothy Smith,
NC Synod, ELCA
Fall Convocation, Lutheridge, October 10, 2018
Dear Bishop Smith,
Aware of some of the destructive, demeaning, and distasteful words and actions said and done to women, and in recognition of the call of God as mediated by the call of the ELCA to word and sacrament ministry or to word and service ministry, and in support of our colleagues—our sisters in Christ Jesus—we the undersigned rostered male leaders of the NC Synod ask you, as Bishop, to make known to congregations seeking leadership that if we are in the call process, we do not desire to interview for the position of pastor with any congregation who refuses to consider extending a call to a rostered leader who is female.
Note: Seminarians and retired pastors were invited to add their names in support of their female colleagues.
In the unity and hope of Christ Jesus our Lord,
The Rev. Russell Makant & The Rev. Jonathan Schnibben