The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bound in common faith

Christian tradition is not ours to do with as we please

What do we owe each other? What do Christians and church bodies, fellow heirs of the Western catholic tradition of the faith, owe each other when one chooses to depart from an understanding deeply rooted in that tradition?

Recent events prompt the question, most notably the Episcopal Church's August confirmation of V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire. Robinson is a gay man living in a long-term relationship with his partner.

The Christian church's understanding of sexuality belongs to the deposit of faith and teaching that Lutherans, Episcopalians and the entire Christian church inherits from Scripture and the tradition. It's part of our common heritage.

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