79°

Topics

Alexander Hamilton
Paul Egertson dies at 75; Lutheran bishop resigned after participating in ordination of lesbian minister
Paul Egertson dies at 75; Lutheran bishop resigned after participating in ordination of lesbian minister

The Rev. Paul Egertson, who was asked to resign as a Lutheran bishop in 2001 after violating church policy by participating in the ordination of a non-celibate lesbian minister, has died. He was 75. Egertson, a senior lecturer at California Lutheran University and a longtime advocate for the inclusion of gays in the life of the church, died Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Thousand Oaks, the college announced. In 1994, Egertson was elected bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Southern California (West) Synod, which included Kern, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. He defied church policy in 2001 by joining three retired...

Loading