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justices were scheduled to review sev- eral petitions in early November, ask- ing them to overturn federal appeals court decisions that would force non- profits to opt out of the “contraceptive mandate” included in the Affordable Care Act, rather than receiving the blanket exclusion granted churches and other solely religious institu- tions. If the court decided to hear the cases, it would mark the fourth time in five years that President Barack Obama’s health care law has come before the high court.


Settlage, 73, dies


A. Craig Settlage, former director for ELCA mission support, died Oct. 21 at the age of 73. In 1988, Settlage became director for candidacy and later was associate executive direc- tor of the former ELCA Division for Ministry and director for rostered and authorized ministries. In 2007 he became mission support director and retired in 2012. “Craig traveled across this church encouraging synods and congregations to be generous. Not always an easy task,” said ELCA Pre- siding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton. “Craig did this in the conviction that all of life, including our financial resources, is a gift from God.” (See page 46.)


Call for boycott


Christians shouldn’t attend same-sex weddings, even of their own children, because it signals “moral approval” of the union, said Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., in his book We Cannot Be Silent, released this fall. Gay-rights activ- ists and some clergy have denounced the book, saying it will further divide people and their families. While many evangelical leaders have sided with Mohler, others have urged Christians to attend the weddings.


Reader call


The magazine’s March issue will focus on welcoming. We say “all are welcome,” but what does that really mean? How does your church wel- come visitors and members? Do you have any events or traditions that focus on welcoming people? Do you have a story of how you felt welcome, or unwelcome, at a congregation, and


why? Send your name, email, phone number, home congregation and up to 300 words describing your practices or experience to megan.brandsrud@ elca.org by Dec. 15.


Correction


Lutheran Church of Hope, Des Moines, is in central/east central Iowa (November, page 8). 


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