Gay acceptance has advances and setbacks in three denominations

No consensus
“The Church’s Unfinished Sexual Revolution” was the title of an article in the spring 2006 issue of Yale Divinity School’s Reflections magazine. In it longtime Christian ethicist James B. Nelson described some progress in church thinking about sexual ethics, but contended that the church’s agenda on sexuality remains “confusing, unsettled, unfinished.”

When asked if he sees himself in a “sexual revolution,” Phil Soucy, publicist for the gay-friendly Lutherans Concerned/ North America, demurred: “It’s difficult after all these years to think of it as a revolution; it is more like an evolution.”

Indeed, three of the largest mainline Protestant denominations continue to move to and fro on issues of sexuality, with leaders often expressing concern about whether the churches will survive the turmoil.


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