Lutheran Church Objects to Multi-Faith Religious Service Commemorating 9/11 Hot

Lutheran Church Objects to Multi-Faith Religious Service Commemorating 9/11

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Alan Harre, president of Valparaiso University, and Joseph Cunningham, the school's pastor, "repent" to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

A Lutheran school in Indiana, Valparaiso hosted a religious service in 2002 to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and had included Jewish and Muslim clerics who led prayers.

This, according to Lutheran leaders, constituted a form of syncretism, and the two school officials have been forced to ask for forgiveness for their transgression.

The Praesidium, the presiding body of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, said that the chapel service "was indeed worship of a unionistic and syncretistic nature." A letter will be sent to the Lutheran pastors who brought charges against the school which says:

"The Praesidium considers this matter to be concluded and can now report that those, who provided a setting within which blasphemy was uttered and syncretistic worship occurred have repented of their wrong."
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