From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
This quote describes the event:
A responsive reading of a prayer for the Earth from Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment will highlight an interfaith gathering Aug. 30 in Fort Wayne.
Miami Indian sacred drumming, traditional Hindu dancing and prayers by local Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs and members of other religions also will be featured at the third annual Prayers for the City event.
Here is how the paper describes District President May’s response:
However, officials of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod again will not participate, said the Rev. Daniel May, president of the Indiana district of the LCMS based in Fort Wayne.
Missouri Synod Lutherans take Jesus seriously when he says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me,” May said. “The reason we are not comfortable with that kind of event is that … it gives the impression that there are lots of gods out there and Christianity is one of many ways (to God).”
About 40 congregations and 30,000 Missouri Synod Lutherans live in the greater Fort Wayne area, May said.
Thank you President May.