About one-third of mainline clergy support civil unions and one-third oppose any legal recognition for gay couples, found Public Religion Research, a Washington-based consulting firm, which released part two of its “Clergy Voices Survey” in May.
Seven denominations, including the ELCA, were surveyed. “Significant and sometimes stark differences” were found between denominations — with clergy in the United Church of Christ and Episcopal Church most supportive and those in the United Methodist Church and American Baptist Churches USA least supportive.
And 51 percent said disagreements in their church over homosexuality have become a crisis. Among that group, 40 percent say the crisis is about how the Bible should be read.
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