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ACT 1 – A Curious Tornado

August 19, 2009


(the original writing)

On a day when no severe weather was predicted or expected, a day where the temperature was only 68 degrees and raining, a tornado forms, baffling the weather experts. It happens right in the city. The city: Minneapolis.

The tornado happens on a Wednesday, in the middle of the week, during the ELCA’s (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) national convention in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The convention is using Central Lutheran across the street as the convention’s church. The church has set up tents around its building for this purpose.

This curious tornado touches down just south of downtown and follows I35W straight towards the city center. It crosses I94. It is now downtown.

The time: 2 PM.

According to the ELCA’s printed convention schedule, at 2 PM the 5th session of the convention was to begin. The main item of the session: “Consideration: Proposed Social Statement on Human Sexuality”. The adoption of this statement is to pave the way for adoption of a policy for those in same-sex relationships to be church pastors.

The first buildings on the downtown side of I94 are the Minneapolis Convention Center and Central Lutheran. The tornado severely damages the convention center roof, shreds the tents, breaks off the steeple of Central Lutheran, splits what’s left of the steeple in two …and then lifts.













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