The church must welcome gays and lesbians without reservation and make every effort to do so without causing division among its members, say Herbert Chilstrom, former ELCA presiding bishop, and Lowell Erdahl, former St. Paul Area Synod bishop. Their comments echoed the conversations during an April 4-6 conference, "Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Church," at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.
The conference was funded with a grant from the Philip N. Knutson Endowment. Knutson, a gay man, St. Olaf graduate and pastor who served in the ELCA Division for Higher Education and Schools, established the fund before his death in 1994.
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