Allowing local option would fracture ELCA, say Lutheran critics

Ordination of gay pastors
If this summer’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in America convention follows the advice of a sexuality task force to selectively permit ordination of homosexual pastors without fear of church discipline, the denomination will suffer “structural dissolution” and, at the local level, “intense division and disunity,” contends a group of influential Lutheran theologians and clergy.

The ELCA task force, saying it tried to “set a pastoral tone,” released its recommendations in January, and in them acknowledged that some regional church bodies “may choose to refrain from disciplining those who in good conscience, and for the sake of outreach, ministry and the commitment to further dialogue, call or approve partnered gay or lesbian candidates” to the ordained ministry.


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