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July 9, 2002
A high-ranking Lutheran pastor in Brooklyn has been suspended from his duties and ordered to apologize to all Christians for participating with Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and Hindus in an interfaith service in Yankee Stadium after Sept. 11.


The ruling illustrates the tension between two religious trends: interfaith efforts, bolstered by President George W. Bush's calls for tolerance since the Sept. 11 attacks, and back-to-tradition "renewal" movements, which have taken hold among Presbyterians, Episcopalians and Methodists as well as Lutherans. While interfaith efforts emphasize common values, the renewal movements emphasize theological differences.

"To participate with pagans in an interfaith service and, additionally, to give the impression that there might be more than one God, is an extremely serious offense," the Rev. Wallace Schulz, the synod's national second vice president, wrote in the suspension letter.

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