In yet another indication of American Christianity's increasing hospitality to LGBTs among the faithful, a southern California Lutheran synod has elected an openly gay pastor to serve as its bishop. The Reverend Dr. R. Guy Erwin's selection earlier this year is indeed historic for the four-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on three scores. He is openly gay, partnered, and Native American – a member of Osage Tribe. Erwin, 55, will be formally welcomed next week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when ELCA's Churchwide Assembly meets August 12-17.
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