Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod President
Gerald B. Kieschnick brought greetings following nearly four hours of
assembly discussion and votes on the ELCA Studies on Sexuality.
Admitting that the LCMS “is no stranger to internal struggle,” he said,
“We in [the LCMS] are sensitive to the struggles experienced within the
ELCA, including the strongly held, opposing positions in your church on
issues acted upon by this assembly this very day.”
Noting the difference in decisions made by the LCMS and the ELCA, Kieschnick closed by praying “that we will be able to come to harmonious conclusions regarding the authority and interpretation of the word of God, so the distance between us will not be widened but will be bridged.”
• “I thank [Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson] for his suggestion of the possibility of a joint declaration on the eucharist to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,” Stephen Blaire said.
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