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Rev. Rebecca M. Heber

Wrong Rev. Rebecca M. Heber?

Provisional Dean

Phone: (651) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Lake Mary, Florida, United States
North American Lutheran Church
2299 Palmer Drive Suite 220
New Brighton , Minnesota 55112
United States

Company Description: Official web site of The North American Lutheran Church. Christ Centered Lutheran Church, Mission Driven Lutheran Church, Traditionally Grounded Lutheran Church,...   more
Background

Employment History

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Education

  • Carthage College
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Rev. Rebecca M. M. Heber; Heathrow, ...
thenalc.org, 28 April 2014 [cached]
Rev. Rebecca M. M. Heber; Heathrow, FL
North American Lutheran Church
www.thenalc.org, 1 Mar 2011 [cached]
Ordained in October l987, Pastor Rebecca M.M. Heber, a former member of the Lutheran CORE Steering Committee and its Region 9 Coordinator, now serves in the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) as a Provisional Dean for Florida. She and her husband, Pastor Bill Heber, founded OASIS Church in Lake Mary, Florida, in September 2010. OASIS is the first NALC mission church in Florida.
Pastor Rebecca attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she graduated in l978 with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. She then moved to Washington D.C., where she worked in the Equal Rights Amendment Department of the National Office of the League of Women Voters and, later, as the Office Manager/Administrative Assistant in the State of Connecticut - Washington Office of the Governor.
In l981, she entered Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, where she met her husband.
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Words of Welcome and Introduction by Pastor Heber and Words of Greeting from Pastors Bradosky, Buba, and Perez
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11:00-11:45 am: Panel Discussion / Q & A (Pastors Bradosky, Buba, Perez, Yoder and Heber)
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Pastors Bradosky, Buba, Perez, Yoder and Heber will be available for personal and/or congregational conversation until mid-afternoon.
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Pastor Rebecca Heber 1572 Cherry Ridge Drive Lake Mary, Florida 32746
or EMAIL to w.c.heber@att.net (Subject line: NALC Conference)
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From Pastor Heber:
Lutheran CORE - Events and Meetings
www.lutherancore.org, 11 Nov 2009 [cached]
For more information download the information sheet or contact Pastor Eddy Perez (305-445-0626) representing the Hispanic Lutheran churches, Pastor Rebecca Heber (407-333-2087, ) representing the Florida NALC/L-CORE churches, or Pastor Chris Magnell, representing the LCMC churches.
Rev. Rebecca M. M. Heber, ...
www.holytrinity.net, 4 Sept 2009 [cached]
Rev. Rebecca M. M. Heber, Lake Mary, Fla. - w.c.heber@att.net
Rebecca Heber. Pr. Heber has ...
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Rebecca Heber. Pr. Heber has been an ordained pastor for 23 years, most recently in the Florida-Bahamas Synod, and she serves on the National Steering Committee for Lutheran CORE. On April 21st of this year, Pr. Heber was on her way to vacation when she received an email from the bishop's secretary of the Florida-Bahamas Synod informing her that she needed to submit her annual request to the Synod Council to extend her On Leave From Call status...
Consider the curious case of Pr. Rebecca Heber.
Pr. Heber has been an ordained pastor for 23 years, most recently in the Florida-Bahamas Synod, and she serves on the National Steering Committee for Lutheran CORE. On April 21st of this year, Pr. Heber was on her way to vacation when she received an email from the bishop's secretary of the Florida-Bahamas Synod informing her that she needed to submit her annual request to the Synod Council to extend her On Leave From Call status. This was the first time she'd been reminded of the need for a renewal. On her return a week later she submitted the following response (appropriate details omitted):
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Heber's husband] is concluding his call on May 16, due in part to pressure from the Bishop's office and in spite of an overwhelming vote of congregational support for Bill to remain as a Pastor of St. John.
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Heber received a certified letter dated May 7, bearing the signatures of the secretary of the Synod Council and Bishop Edward Benoway of the Florida-Bahamas Synod.
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Heber: The Synod Council of the Florida-Bahamas Synod has voted not to extend your On Leave From Call status. Accordingly your name will be removed from the roster of ordained ministers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America effective… April 29, 2010… [T]he Synod Council made its unanimous decision following prayerful consideration of how approval of an extension of Leave From Call would relate to the furtherance of the mission and ministry of this Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America… As someone who is not on the roster of ordained ministers of this church, you must no longer perform any duties or acts associated with ordained ministry. You are not to use the title 'Pastor' or 'the Rev.' Nor are you to baptize, preside for Holy Communion, perform marriages, or wear vestments normally associated with an ordained minister such as a stole or clerical collar… Thank you for your years of service as an ordained minister of this church. Our prayers are that God will lead you to new ventures and arenas of service."
Technically speaking-there are going to be a lot of "technically speakings" in the days to come, I fear-all that happened was that Pr. Heber was not renewed in her rostered status. This is a bit odd, because there was no evident reason not to renew her status: she is not guilty of any misconduct, and her three automatic years of renewal are far from being up. Only the implication that renewing her would not contribute to the "furtherance of the mission and ministry of this Synod"-again, odd, since as Pr. Heber herself indicated there was apparently at least one congregation very much interested in mission under her leadership-or even of "the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America"-so apparently the Florida-Bahamas Synod council felt itself qualified to speak on behalf of the entire denomination. It all seems a bit shifty, and it's awfully hard to avoid the suspicion that it relates to her involvement in CORE. You might recall the that Florida-Bahamas Synod also refused to release a congregation that had voted to leave the ELCA on the grounds that it did not accord with the synod's mission.
However, all that pales in comparison to the orders the council's letter then issued to Pr. Heber. "You must no longer perform any duties or acts associated with ordained ministry. You are not to use the title 'Pastor' or 'the Rev.' Nor are you to baptize, preside for Holy Communion, perform marriages, or wear vestments normally associated with an ordained minister such as a stole or clerical collar."
Is it just me, or did Pr. Heber get defrocked at the same moment she got derostered?
I've spent some time trawling around the ELCA Constitution. I could find no evidence at all that leaving rostered status suddenly deprives a properly ordained pastor of all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of ordination. I could also find no evidence arguing the contrary. I did find it specified that disciplinary penalties for pastors who teach contrary to the faith of our Confessions or are guilty of misconduct include "suspension from the office and functions of the ordained ministry in this church for a designated period or until there is satisfactory evidence of repentance and amendment" or "removal from the ordained ministry of this church"… which, again sounds an awful lot like what happened to Pr. Heber, just without the cause.
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Heber, suggest very strongly that rostering has replaced ordination as the truly relevant and meaningful status in the ELCA.
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Heber because all it had to do was deroster her, and the deed was good as done.
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Re: Pastor Heber
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Heber and others have acted on an understandable need to serve as a voice of critique and concern in the denomination in order to best serve Lutheran Christians and congregations in Word and Sacrament.
Yes, yes, you see changes looming as CORE prepares for an August announcement about a new alternative Lutheran institution. But this is moot to Pastor Heber's struggles with the Florida-Bahamas Synod. Her availability for call preceded even the Minneapolis CWA.
Pastor Heber indeed speaks as a conscientious objector while also considering all available options given the actions of the denomination over the recent years. She and many others are acting as responsible leaders and stewards of the congregations and Christians they are called to serve.
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The denomination is indefensible on the curious case of Pastor Heber.
Pastor Rebecca Heber
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So Pastor Heber, rejoice!
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So, Pastor Heber, I know from talking with you and praying with you that your name is written down in the Lamb's Book of Life and I'm pretty sure that's the only "Roster" you need to be concerned about.
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Pastor Heber is to be commended for adhering to her ordination vows. When Jesus comes again to judge the living and the dead He will know the names of those who have been His true followers and he will know those who put their own agenda ahead of His.
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Heber
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Heber said, "But how can it be unloving to see someone on a track and know that staying on that track is going to kill them and not do something, even though they say they love that track?"
That is beyond homophobia --- that is total hatred.
The blood of every gay and lesbian teenager who commits suicide and every hate crime victim will be upon the hands of Rebecca Heber. The Christ I believe in will hold her to account for that one day.
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Heber is your neighbor
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What love do you sow by categorizing Heber as a hater and blasphemer? What love has been sown by the exclusion of the LGBT community?
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If the synod council thought Pastor Heber was acting in a schismatic way, they could have asked that charges be brought against her.
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Heber was 'on leave from call,' and for how long?
Why did she think it was necessary to send such a defensive letter to the Synod council? If she felt strongly that she was being overlooked, or her gifts were being ignored, perhaps a personal conversation with the bishop could have ironed out some misrepresentations. She drew a line in the sand, and the synod council seemingly had little choice.
It isn't an ordination that bestows the title and office of pastor; those come with the call to serve a congregation or an approved specialized ministry. Pr. Heber was not defrocked, but, as all synods do when someone is deleted from their official roster, she was reminded that she could not present herself as a called pastor (officiating at services, wearing clergy attire, etc) because she was not rostered. That's official business throughout the ELCA.
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Heber is confusing - partially because it all appears very reactive not knowing the whole story - if her three years were not up. However, the synod's request is directly related to the confessions and not just ELCA policy. In Article XIV of the Augsburg Confession, it is written that no one should publically teach or administer the sacraments without a regular call. This seems very straight forward. While Rebecca Heber has no regular call, she should not be performing or in the appearance of performing the office of ordained minister.
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