The following letter is from Bishop Brian Maas, the Bishop of the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA. His letter is an explanation of the vote by the Church-wide Assembly designating the ELCA as a Sanctuary denomination. Attached is the full statement of what a Sanctuary denomination means. I believe that the ELCA has acted in accordance with our Biblical and Theological heritage. I also believe that each congregation, St. Paul's included will work through what this means for us and our neighbors in our communities. This action of the church-wide assembly is the beginning, not the end, of the conversation we are called to be about with one another, both in and outside the walls of this church.
Follower of Christ and servant of God,
Pastor Paul Coen