Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ELCA statement passes by exactly 2/3

From ELCA News Service:
The 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust" Aug. 19 with a vote of 676 (66.67 percent) to 338 (33.33 percent). The passing of the social statement on human sexuality required a two-thirds vote.

AP reports:
The 34-page social statement actually touches on homosexuality only briefly, and is intended as a sweeping definition of the ELCA's approach to matters of human sexuality. It also sketches out the church's approach to gender, friendship, marriage and children, cohabitation outside marriage, the commercialization of sexuality, and the global sex trade.


IT said...

AP story also says:

But it [the statement] acknowledges what Larson described as an utter lack of consensus toward homosexuality and same-sex relationships across the ELCA's membership. She said the statement's drafters agreed that such differing views could be accomodated because the homosexuality issue is "not central to our faith," Larson said.

Ann said...

oh dear - "not central to the faith" - whatever is TEC breaking up over then- oh my.

Tom Sramek, Jr. said...

Ann: The ecclesiastical court in the Righter trial held that issues of homosexuality (specifically ordination) were not "core doctrine." In other words, not central to the faith. That hasn't stopped TEC from tearing itself apart about it.

Wormwood's Doxy said...

The Holy Spirit is on the move... :-)

Counterlight said...

Apparently, ACNA is making "no gays" a core doctrine of their belief. From what I've heard, their new catechism spends a lot of ink on it.