The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


An arguing church

Homosexuality discussion isn't 'just talk'

Homosexuality has come out of the closet. What is the church going to do about it? Other Christian traditions have taken stands ranging from complete rejection to complete acceptance. The ELCA has affirmed the civil rights of gay and lesbian people and has urged congregations to welcome them. But it has also said that people living in homosexual relationships may not be pastors, thus drawing a distinction between homosexual orientation and homosexual activity.  

This position leaves many people dissatisfied. Some think it's too liberal. Others call it benighted. I get mail daily from members who urge us to move in one direction or the other. They are uncomfortable with a church that hasn't "taken a definite stand" on the issue.

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