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Friday, August 12, 2005

Gays in the clergy?

There's a big internal battle going on in the Lutheran Church:


Delegates to a national meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted Friday to remain unified despite their differences over homosexuality, and prepared to take up contentious proposals on the role of partnered gays in their denomination.

The unity resolution was approved by an 851-127 vote following a short debate and was the first of three measures before the churchwide assembly Friday.

"Our job is not to judge one another, our job is to love one another," said Patrick Monroe of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod, speaking in favor of unity. "This motion allows us to move forward in that way, not just with sexual issues but with all issues."

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Several delegates opposed to the changes worried that ordaining gays would strain relations with other Christian denominations and with the many conservative Lutherans overseas. Many delegates said the truly Christian approach would be to convince homosexuals to change their sexual orientation.

"We would be granting exceptions to biblical, moral standards that have seen approval for 2000 years," said David Glesne of the Minneapolis Area Synod.


Lutherans in the audience -- what do you think the church should do?

UPDATE: The proposal was defeated, 503-490. That's not as close as it sounds; it would have needed a 2/3 majority to pass.

2 Comments:

  • All I can say is "read the Bible"!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/13/2005 11:30:00 AM  

  • What an unhelpful response.

    Of course any opinion you have on the subject is going to come from the Bible. The point is, what do you think the Bible says on it?

    By Blogger Scott, at 8/13/2005 12:23:00 PM  

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