Lutherans to allow sexually active gays as clergy

edited August 2009 in Religion & Philosophy
I hear Catholics are outraged. (runs and hides)

[quote="Detroit News":17lqeejr]MINNEAPOLIS – The nation's largest Lutheran denomination took openly gay clergy more fully into its fold Friday, as leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gays and lesbians from serving as ministers.

Under the new policy, individual ELCA congregations will be allowed to hire homosexuals in committed relationships as clergy. Until now, gays and lesbians had to remain celibate to serve as clergy.

The change passed with the support of 68 percent of about 1,000 delegates at the ELCA's national assembly. It makes the group, with about 4.7 million members in the U.S., one of the largest U.S. Christian denominations yet to take a more gay-friendly stance.

"I have seen these same-gender relationships function in the same way as heterosexual relationships — bringing joy and blessings as well as trials and hardships," the Rev. Leslie Williamson, associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Plaines, Ill., said during the hours of debate. "The same-gender couples I know live in love and faithfulness and are called to proclaim the word of God as are all of us."

Conservative congregations will not be forced to hire gay clergy. Nevertheless, opponents of the shift decried what they saw as straying from clear Scriptural direction, and warned it could lead some congregations and individual churchgoers to split off from the ELCA.

"This will cause an ever greater loss in members and finances. I can't believe the church I loved and served for 40 years can condone what God condemns," said the Rev. Richard Mahan, pastor at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Charleston, W.Va. "Nowhere in Scripture does it say homosexuality and same-sex marriage is acceptable to God. Instead, it says it is immoral and perverted."

David Keck, a delegate from the Southern Ohio Synod, said he feared that by embracing partnered gays as clergy that the ELCA was heading down a road that would ultimately lead to "the blessing of same-sex unions as the policy of this church," he said...[/quote:17lqeejr]

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Comments

  • I heard about this. The ELCA is known as one of the more liberal denominations so this doesn't really surprise me... in fact I already thought they were doing this. I think they already recognize some form of SSM.
  • said:

    I heard about this. The ELCA is known as one of the more liberal denominations so this doesn't really surprise me... in fact I already thought they were doing this. I think they already recognize some form of SSM.[/quote:2a4sb05h]

    Are they the same group who merged with american episcopalians?

    Sounds about right.

  • We have Lutherans at our church(one of them is the attorney, zuk) that left
    the denomination due to the growing rejection of biblical doctrine.


    [quote:1yxv0fng]Conservative congregations will not be forced to hire gay clergy. Nevertheless, opponents of the shift decried what they saw as straying from clear Scriptural direction, and warned it could lead some congregations and individual churchgoers to split off from the ELCA.[/quote:1yxv0fng]

    They [i:1yxv0fng]should[/i:1yxv0fng] split.
  • Weird thing is that they were struck by a random tornado during their meetings and still decided to push forward with this vote. REALLY weird thing is that the tornado hit MOSTYLY the ELCA meeting location... and that there were no weather warnings that day.

    http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news ... ug_19_2009

    One local pastor thinks it no coincidence (or is that co-incidence) that the tornado struck the ELCA meetings...

    http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1965_th ... sexuality/
  • REPENT HOMOS, LEST YE BE TORNADOED
  • Those funnel clouds in the distance look FABULOUUUUUSSSSSS!!!
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