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Lutherans/Lutheran compared to Catholic


I am now a Catholic for 58 years. But I don't believe in many things my religion tells me to and I'm thinking of changing religions. I am not gay but believe in their right to marriage and children. I was told that I can't receive communion because of my support to gays. I married a man who was married twice before, in a Methodist church because he was not good enough for me to marry in the Catholic church. We will be married 30 years in August. I love children yet many priests have abused them and their higher ups have hidden and protected these priests instead of protecting the children. With my beliefs of gay marriages would I be able to receive communion in the Lutheran church.


Thank you for your email.

Yes, you would be welcome at the Table in any ELCA Lutheran church of which I am aware.  We tend not to have a "thought police" policy when it comes to the Eucharistic Table, and practice an open table where all are welcome.  

Now, full disclosure: there are different branches/denominations of Lutherans in the U.S. If you were to attend a LCMS (Missouri Synod) or WELS (Concision Synod)Lutheran congregation, they do have "closed tables" that are generally only open to members of those respective denominations.  Generally, you must check in with the pastor before-hand.

I hope that this is helpful.

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Martin W. Eldred


I have been a Lutheran Christian for 56 years and a Lutheran pastor for almost 28. I can answer most general questions about Luther, Lutheran History, Lutheran Theology, and a Lutheran approach to Biblical Interpretation. I am ELCA, for those who know what that means, and I tend to be moderate theologically. I hope that I can converse with those that are either more conservative or liberal than I, and especially with those who are really just seeking.


Pastors are "generalists" and generally have a working knowledge on many subjects. We are also used to working with a variety of answers from a variety of people. I teach a great deal, especially in the area of the New Testament. I particularly enjoy the Pauline literature. I have a PhD in New Testament and my dissertation was on II Corinthians.

I have been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, an international gathering of biblical scholars and teachers, since the late 1980s.

I have written a few book reviews for the journal, "Lutheran Quarterly."

I have a B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University in Religion (Biblical Studies)and a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary. I also have PhD in New Testament.

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