The Task Force for the ELCA Studies on Sexuality distributed a new congregational study last month, allowing the church to talk about an issue that is “critical for people of all ages,” said Rebecca Larson, executive director, ELCA Church in Society.
“Free in Christ to Serve the Neighbor: Lutherans Talk about Human Sexuality” is the third study resource produced by the task force in a “Journey Together Faithfully” series. The study has eight sessions based on Galatians and Martin Luther’s essay, “Freedom of a Christian.”
“We are seeking to do this study within the context of an evangelical ethic,” said Peter Strommen, bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Minnesota Synod and task force chair. “We are seeking to step beyond our differences to focus on who we are in Christ and what the Scriptures are saying to us.”
Study topics include marriage, commercialization of sexuality, sexuality and power, widespread cohabitation and human trafficking. Many of these topics haven’t been covered by the ELCA and its predecessor church bodies, Larson said, but are “kitchen table issues that intersect with the lives of people in this church on a day-to-day basis.”
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