Seeking to avoid the perception of bias, the
ELCA Church Council adopted rules of organization and procedure for the
August 2005 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Fla. The council, meeting
Nov. 11-15 in Chicago, could have deferred action on the rules until
its April meeting. But several members said they wanted to act before
seeing the report of the ELCA Studies on Sexuality Task Force.
Task force recommendations, to be posted on the ELCA Web site at noon EST, Jan. 13, will address whether to authorize blessings of same-sex relationships and whether those in such unions can serve on ELCA ministry rosters. The council will consider these recommendations in April.
The council adopted rules that call for a "two-thirds majority vote of members of the Churchwide Assembly present and voting" to adopt recommendations of a task force that would:
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