The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Sexuality: A question of unity

Two Lutheran ethicists critique recommendations on homosexuality

Church Council acts on sexuality recommendations

In August the ELCA Churchwide Assembly will consider three resolutions from the Church Council, resulting from the council’s consideration in April of the recommendations of the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality (see June, page 32). In summary, these call for the church to:

1. “Concentrate on finding ways to live together faithfully in the midst of disagreements, recognizing the God-given mission and communion that we share as members of the body of Christ.”

2. “Continue to respect” the ELCA Conference of Bishops’ 1993 statement, which opposes blessing same-sex unions but allows congregations to explore the best ways to provide pastoral care for gays and lesbians.

3. Create a process to permit exceptions to ELCA policy that would allow for gays and lesbians in “lifelong committed and faithful same-sex relationships” to serve as ELCA ministers.

For the full text, go to: www.elca.org/faithfuljourney/pdf/050411churchcouncil.pdf.

See also:

Can a house divided stand? by Robert Benne
Are we missing another chance to be Lutheran? by Larry Rasmussen


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