The ELCA Studies on Sexuality Task Force, meeting in Chicago, April 23-25, engaged three panels of experts in often challenging questioning. Two three-member panels focused on clinical and scientific perspectives on the often-contradictory data from studies of the origin and development of sexual orientation. The final panel of two biblical scholars and two ethicists from ELCA institutions revealed sharply different approaches to the biblical and Christian ethical traditions.
Created by the 2001 Churchwide Assembly, the task force is charged with making recommendations to the 2005 assembly on the question of blessing same-sex unions and on ELCA policies regarding the ordination and rostering of gay and lesbian people in such unions (www.elca.org/faithfuljourney).
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