The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bishops issue letter to gays

Three unrelated items highlighted last month's meeting of the ELCA Conference of Bishops:

• In response to the request of last year's Churchwide Assembly for "words of prayer, pastoral concern and encouragement" for gay and lesbian people in the ELCA, the bishops issued a letter, recognizing that "as we speak specifically to gay and lesbian persons and their families, we are also addressing the whole church" (see related story for the full text of the bishops' letter).

• Bishops rejoiced over the news that ELCA income during 1995 exceeded expenses by $6.3 million.

• An entire afternoon was devoted to questions and answers about the proposal for full communion between the ELCA and three Reformed churches. Responding to the bishops' concerns were Eugene Turner, associate stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Paul Fries, professor of the Reformed Church in America seminary in New Brunswick, N.J.; and Gail Reynolds of the United Church of Christ.

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