The bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, meeting in early March, acknowledged that they were too divided to offer “a definitive word of advice” on a recommendation that regional synods restrain from disciplining churches that ordain gay clergy. The suggestion, made in January, has confused many church members, some of whom believe it lacks integrity given church policies that bar gay ministers, noted Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop. Hanson did suggest an alternative to one recommendation by the sexuality task force. He said it may be helpful to “test” some language that could provide for a special roster or ordination to a specific place or synodically authorized ministry in order allow people who are gay and lesbian and in committed relationships to serve as professional church leaders. Hanson suggested a six-year testing period, according to the ELCA News Service.