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Metropolitan New York Synod urges restraint

At a special assembly Oct. 29, the Metropolitan New York Synod passed three resolutions to give leaders “guidance” as they navigate the candidacy process and the exercise of discipline after the 2005 Churchwide Assembly votes on sexuality.

In a report, Metropolitan New York Synod Bishop Stephen Bouman wrote: “This meeting was mandated by a resolution of the spring 2005 synod assembly, in the event that the three recommendations of the sexuality task force were not adopted by the ELCA in Orlando [Fla.]. For one hour we met as a committee of the whole and had a conversation best described as ‘speaking the truth in love.’ ...

“Undergirding the conversation around the resolutions was an oft-stated desire that the Metropolitan New York Synod not drift away from our national church nor be in conflict with its constitution. At the same time the assembly shared deep pastoral care and concern for all of its constituencies.”

The first resolution thanked synod leaders for “the care and support they continue to offer the gay and lesbian persons among us.”


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