LCMS leadership says Valpo broke church law with "syncretistic" service
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod's internal conflict over interfaith prayer in the wake of 9/11 continued this week as its presiding body, the Praesidium, issued a report on a September 11, 2002 service at Valparaiso University.

The Praesidium, which includes LCMS President Gerald Kieschnick and five of the synod's vice presidents, said the chapel service, which included prayers from Jews and Muslims, "was indeed worship of a unionistic and syncretistic nature," and thus a violation of church law.

"The Praesidium considers this matter to be concluded and can now report that those, who provided a setting within which blasphemy was uttered and syncretistic worship occurred have repented of their wrong," said a letter to several LCMS pastors who brought charges against the school. The letter said university president Alan Harre and four LCMS pastors involved in the service had "expressed sincere repentance" verbally and in writing, according to The Times of northwest Indiana.

Harre and the pastors had been cleared by a church investigation earlier this year, but the Praesidium stepped in and ordered further inquiry.

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