Marie C. Jerge

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Rev. Marie C. Jerge (née Scharfe, born c. 1953) is a former bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Smith College[1] and a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.[2] She was ordained as a minister in 1978.[3]

She was elected in 2002 to a six-year term as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) Upstate New York Synod. She was the sixth woman to be elected as a synod bishop in the ELCA. Jerge (YER-gee),[4][5] succeeded the Rev. Lee M. Miller, who did not seek re-election after serving as bishop of the synod for 10 years. She was installed on September 21, 2002.[6][7]

In her time as bishop, she oversaw 198 churches with over 150,000 congregants.[8] She requested the resignation of a pastor who was accused of sexual activity with multiple minors in 2004.[9] In January 2009, during the Gaza War, she traveled with a delegation of American bishops to Israel and Palestine to meet with local officials.[10]

She led the final service at Christ Lutheran Church in Little Falls, New York.[11]

Jerge has written on the benefits of immigration reform.[12]

She received an honorary degree from Thiel College in 2006.[13]

After serving two terms, she was succeeded in 2014 by John S. Macholz.[14]

Personal life

Jerge was born Marie Charlotte Scharfe[15] in Mineola, New York.[2] Her father, Charles L. Scharfe Jr., was vice chairman and chief executive officer of L. K. Comstock & Company.[15]

Jerge married James N. Jerge in 1977;[15][1] he is also a minister in the ELCA.[16]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Marie Scharfe Sets Marriage to a Cleric". The New York TImes: p. 64. 1977-03-20. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wineinger, Amy; Luisi, Mary (2002-06-24). "Marie Jerge Elected Bishop of ELCA Upstate New York Synod" (in en). https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/4586. 
  3. "Rev. Jerge Speaker at AAUW Meeting". Dunkirk Evening Observer: p. 8. 1988-10-14. 
  4. Jacobs, Jennifer (2002-09-22). "New Lutheran Bishop Makes Local History: Faithful Cheer Marie C. Jerge as CNY Leader of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America". The Syracuse Post-Standard: p. B1, B5. 
  5. "Syracuse gets first female Evangelical Lutheran Bishop". Mount Carmel Daily Republican Register: p. 1B. 2002-09-27. 
  6. "Religion Briefs". Del Rio News-Herald: p. 5A. 2002-09-28. 
  7. "EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH TO INSTALL BISHOP TODAY" (in en-us). 2002-09-21. https://buffalonews.com/2002/09/21/evangelical-lutheran-church-to-install-bishop-today/. 
  8. Gadoua, Renee (2003-06-03). "Lutheran Bishop cites challenges". The Syracuse Post-Standard: p. B3. 
  9. Goller, Robert Lowell (2004-02-12). "MARILLA PASTOR QUITS AMID SEX ALLEGATIONS". https://www.arcadeherald.com/articles/marilla-pastor-quits-amid-sex-allegations-2/. 
  10. Tokaz, Jay (2009-01-05). "Lutheran bishop is visiting Israel and Palestinians" (in en-us). The Buffalo News. https://buffalonews.com/2009/01/05/lutheran-bishop-is-visiting-israel-and-palestinians/. 
  11. Chanatry, David (2014-02-13). "Church closures become a sign of changing times, demographics" (in en). https://www.wrvo.org/post/church-closures-become-sign-changing-times-demographics. 
  12. "Immigration reform will benefit Upstate New York: Commentary from Bishop Marie Jerge" (in en). 2013-10-03. https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2013/10/immigration_reform_will_benefit_upstate_new_york_commentary_from_bishop_marie_je.html. 
  13. "Honorary Degree Recipients | Thiel College". https://www.thiel.edu/about/honorary-degree-recipients. 
  14. Lensing, Jeremy (2014-06-03). "John Macholz elected bishop of the ELCA Upstate New York Synod" (in en). https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7673. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Rev. James N. Jerge Weds Marie Charlotte Scharfe". The New York Times. 28 August 1977. https://www.nytimes.com/1977/08/28/archives/rev-james-n-jerge-weds-marie-charlotte-scharfe.html. 
  16. Voell, Paula (21 November 2003). "Clergy couples: God calls some people to combine marriage with ministry, and it isn't always a heavenly union" (in en-us). The Buffalo News. https://buffalonews.com/2003/11/21/clergy-couples-god-calls-some-people-to-combine-marriage-with-ministry-and-it-isnt-always-a-heavenly-union/. 

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