The 182,000-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada will consider allowing congregations to decide whether or not they will bless same-sex unions. The ELCIC National Church Council is sending a three-part resolution on blessings to the church’s July 21-24 national convention. The move comes after courts in several Canadian provinces decided to allow same-sex marriages.
“The [council] has acknowledged the diversity of opinion within our church on this contentious issue,” said ELCIC National Bishop Raymond Schultz. “The range of responses ... within the ELCIC mirrors the Canadian public opinion. This resolution captures that spirit by providing a clear question for delegates that offers a process that will allow congregations to decide on their own whether or not to bless same-sex relationships.”
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