The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


ELCA Sexuality Studies: Report draws mixed reviews

Many on both sides of the homosexuality issue looked forward to clear direction from the recommendations of the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality (February, page 48). But their release on Jan. 13 seems to have raised more questions and new concerns, according to responses The Lutheran received from several ELCA members whose perspectives we requested and some who responded to our online request. (See "More responses" for more comments.)

The 2001 Churchwide Asssembly called for a report and recommendations on the questions of blessing same-sex unions and including people in such unions on the ELCA ministry rosters. In August the 2005 Churchwide Assembly will receive these and act on ELCA Church Council resolutions concerning their content. The full report is at www.elca.org/faithfuljourney/tfreport. The three recommendations included in it are:

• Recommendation One

"Because the God-given mission and communion we share is at least as important as the issues about which faithful conscience-bound Lutherans find themselves so decisively at odds, the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality recommends that the [ELCA] concentrate on finding ways to live together faithfully in the midst of our disagreements."

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