The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Full communion & ministry standards

Readers worried about Episcopal action confirming gay bishop's election

Now that the Episcopal Church has confirmed the election of a gay diocesan bishop, I'm curious what effect this will have on Called to Common Mission, our full-communion agreement with that church. Will the ELCA, which disallows a noncelibate homosexual serving as a parish pastor, allow a noncelibate Episcopal bishop to participate in the laying on of hands in the ordination ceremony? I think the time has arrived to reconsider CCM.

Robert Coffey
Hartford, Wis.

What does this do to our full-communion understanding with the Episcopalians? How does this affect our current sexuality study?

John Kulma
Mentor, Ohio

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