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Lutherans to allow gay and lesbian clergy if they are in a commited relationship

On Friday, August 21, 2009, leaders of the Lutheran church have voted to allow sexually active gays and lesbians who are in a committed relationship to serve as clergy.

The Lutheran church currently allows gays and lesbians to serve as ministers only if they remain celibate.

The proposal to change old rule passed with a 68% approval vote.

The Lutheran church in America has 4.7 million members and 10,000 congregations.

The individual congregations will hold the final decision to allow a gay or lesbian clergy to be hired at their own parish.

Covenant Life Worship Center in Michigan wins $70,000.00 lottery

Divine intervention? Or just plain luck? No matter what the circumstances, a Michigan church is $70,000 richer courtesy of the Michigan Lottery. The Covenant Life Worship Center and its 25 members in Haslett, Mich. had one of the second-prize tickets in the Lucky 7s raffle held May 4.

The $10 ticket was purchased at a convenience store in Haslett, five miles northeast of downtown Lansing. The lottery Web site says the odds of a single ticket winning $70,000 in Lucky 7s are one in 55,556. Michigan Lottery officials say the church will receive the full amount of the prize because it is a tax-exempt group.

Pastor Marilyn Parmelee tells the Lansing State Journal that the prize money will go toward the church building fund, setting up a missionary fund and supporting local community service projects.