As I mentioned in the last post, I sent an e-mail to [email protected] to ask why Harrison was not at these meetings and if he had an opinion on these matters and copied the office of Human Care. Here is the response I got from the office of Human Care.
Dear Pastor Rossow:
Thank you for writing to LCMS World Relief and Human Care regarding the important matter of inter-Lutheran cooperation. We just received the ELCA press release and the statements of President Kieschnick and other LCMS officials within the past twenty-four hours ourselves.
According to the Synod Bylaws (188.8.131.52 f & g) the Board for Human Care Ministries is tasked with sponsoring and participating ³in world relief activities for the alleviation of human suffering, furthered through cooperation with Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Lutheran Services of America ² and maintaining ³liaison with the appropriate units of other church bodies, with approved inter-Lutheran agencies. ²
While the Board for Human Care Ministries is tasked with participating with these organizations and with maintaining liaison with them, we do not have the authority to unilaterally make such a decision for the LCMS.
Neither Rev. Matthew Harrison nor the Board for Human Care Ministries was consulted on this matter or asked to attend the Committee on Lutheran Cooperation (CLC) held on September 28 – 29. We do not believe the status quo can be maintained in light of the ELCA’s anti-scriptural and ungodly acceptance of practicing homosexual clergy. Please direct further questions regarding the LCMS’ continued participation and cooperation with the ELCA on matters of Human Care Efforts to President Kieschnick’s office.
Thank you and the Lord ¹s Blessings upon you,
Rev. Albert B. Collver, Ph.D.
Executive Pastoral Assistant
LCMS World Relief and Human Care
1333 S. Kirkwood Rd