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Teaching theologians support sexuality recommendations

More than 100 ELCA teaching theologians signed an April 6 statement in favor of implementing the three recommendations on homosexuality that the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality developed for the August Churchwide Assembly.

The four-paragraph statement was co-authored by two theologians at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago: Ralph W. Klein, professor of Old Testament and acting dean, and Barbara R. Rossing, associate professor of New Testament.

Signers include professors at ELCA seminaries and Lutheran colleges and Lutherans who teach at non-Lutheran colleges and seminaries, said Klein, adding, — "I expect the list to grow."

Seventeen other theologians issued a statement March 1 urging the ELCA to reject the task force recommendations, one of which would allow bishops to refrain from disciplining gay and lesbian pastors in committed relationships and from disciplining those who call or approve partnered gay or lesbian people for ministry.


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