Letters to the Editor
Increase organ donations
If more people were as generous as Corrine Stein ("Organ donors give gift of life," April 3 Sun Tribune), we wouldn't have over 50 percent of Americans waiting for organ transplants dying each year. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year. There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage: give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.
Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs. Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers.
LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling (888)-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 13,700 members, including 231 members in Minnesota.
David J. Undis
Amazing time in NYC
I just had the most amazing experience and wanted to share it!
I just got off a bus trip with 90 teenagers, 28 hours on the bus (28 both ways), five days of early mornings and late nights, nonstop activities and performances in New York City. All I can say was that it was great and I'd do it again.
Our Morris Area band and choir students showed so much respect, kindness and helpfulness to their other members and other people they met. Their performances were beautifully done, I don't know how many times during the trip I was asked by observers, "Is this a college group?" They never spoke disrespectfully, complained (too much) about the schedule or the early mornings and almost always had a smile for you. Moms and dads you can be very proud of your kids, they are a special group of young men and ladies!
Thank you to the teachers (Wanda Dagen and John Kleinwolterink) for planning such a wonderful experience for the students and for teaching them music that will be with them for the rest of their lives. Special thanks to Vicki (a.k.a., The White Umbrella Lady) for being a great tour guide and loving our kids (that wasn't hard to do). And especially, a big thank you, a warm hug, and a 'I am proud of you,' to every Morris Area band and choir student. It was a wonderful trip!
Getting it straight
Let me get this straight:
1.) First, the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) says it has "no consensus" on homosexuality and therefore will take no definite position. ("Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust").
2.) Next, the ELCA approves procedures for the ordination of practicing homosexuals.
3.) Next the ELCA finds homo-erotic behavior, (rejected in Romans 1:27 as "unnatural") to be acceptable. Thereby giving the ELCA the authority to trump Scripture, instead of Scripture having the authority to trump the ELCA.
4.) Next people, led by misguided bishops, pastors and teachers, believe that the issue tearing at the ELCA is about "homosexuality" and "homophobic" reaction, and not a matter of adhering to the inspired Word of God and our Confessions.
5.) Next, recognizing the real issue at stake (that it is not homosexuality) Christians respond in an exodus of members who leave or re-direct benevolences. LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) in only eight to nine years has already become the fourth largest Lutheran Church in America.
6.) Next, response is also forth-with from the International Lutheran Council (Sept. 31, 2009): Lutheran Church Missouri Synod: the Lutheran Churches of Africa, S.E. Asia, and many of the Lutheran World Federation Churches, as well as our ecumenical partners, who reject the ELCA's attack on Scripture.
7.) But wait. The ELCA did not authorize "rites" to "marry" two persons of the same gender, (congregations may write "their own"). So what has the ELCA really granted but permission for unmarried sex partners to serve as pastors? Where are they to marry? Most states do not allow it. The church has no "rite" for it? How then can they be called "publically accountable" and in a "lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationship"?
8.) Meanwhile many ELCA members don't seem to know, or don't care to know, what's happened.
There is plenty of accountability to share and bring us all to repentance. But I fear that time is past. What I see reminds me of the man with a high fever getting angry at his thermometer. So let me get this straight: All this trouble is the fault of WordAlone, LCMC, Lutheran-CORE, etc. Right? You see, it's the thermometer!
Rev. Norman P. Olsen, retired