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The Christian Church in Formative Times – Women’s Ordination.

Graeme Lienert has just returned from his most recent tour to Israel, following in the Footsteps of Jesus and the pathways of Paul to Areopagus Athens and the Appian Way Rome. He also added a visit to Spain where he was privileged to visit the Monasteries of the early church at Montserrat.

Whilst one sees the Bible come to Life in these ancient lands, and the spread of the Christian Church, one was also able to celebrate Holy Communion at Redeemer Lutheran Church with fellow Christians from throughout the World. Officiating Pastors, in the absence of Bishop Younan, were Pastors Carrie Ballenger Smith from Illinois USA and her Associate Pastor Rev Mari Parkkinen of Finland Lutheran Mission. A fellow traveler commented on the quality of the two women officiates, at a time when we in the LCA are discussing the theological and meritorious aspects of Women as Pastors. Given the role of women in early biblical times, and Lutheran Churches throughout the world ordaining women as Pastors, it seems the debate on Women’s Ordination is timely and fortuitous.

The next pilgrimage to the Holy Land is during Easter 2015 where participants will attend the Good Friday Service in Jerusalem’s Redeemer Lutheran Church and visit the Augusta Victoria Hospital, which is supported by the LCA Lutheran World Service.

Israel, with all its reported conflict between Palestinians and Israeli’s, despite recent events, is still as safe as ever for Australian travelers. Should you wish to join the Easter Pilgrimage please contact Graeme on or 08 9276 7686 for a tour itinerary.

Pastor Carrie Smith - Jerusalem
Pastor Carrie Smith – Jerusalem
Graeme Lienert - Bethlehem - Jesus’ Birthplace
Graeme Lienert – Bethlehem –
Jesus’ Birthplace