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Minneapolis, Minn. It has denied a motion to require a higher proportion of votes for the proposal to pass. On Monday delegates gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center rejected a proposal to require approval from a two-thirds supermajority instead of a simple majority when the measure comes to a final vote, expected on Friday.
Formed in with the merger of three smaller Lutheran organizations, the ELCA is based in Chicago and encompasses nearly 10, congregations and more than 3. Churchwide Assemblies are held every three years, with elected representatives establishing policy and addressing the concerns of the larger church body. Inthe Churchwide Assembly passed a resolution stating that, "Gay and lesbian people, as individuals created by God, are welcome to participate fully in the life of the congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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When the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly convenes Monday in Minneapolis, the church will again find itself in a struggle to define where it stands on issues related to homosexuality. Historic changes could be afoot as the assembly, which meets through Aug. A proposed social statement on human sexuality, which addresses issues of same-gender relationships along with a range of other topics related to sexuality, is also a point of controversy.
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The ceremony at St. Jeff R. Johnson, one of the seven gay pastors participating in the ceremony, said at a news conference just before it began.
It convened in the city of MinneapolisMinnesotafrom August 17—23, Mark S. The Statement allowed for differing understandings of same-gender sexual relationships within the ELCA. The Recommendations proposed the development of a process in which congregations, synods, and churchwide units that chose to do so could call pastors and other officially recognized church leaders who were in publicly accountable same-gender lifelong monogamous relationships.
On a vote taken Friday in Minneapolis at their biennial conference, delegates repealed the ELCA ban on gay clergy unless they agree to remain celibate. It makes ELCA, with 4. Nor did it dampen his interest in running for vice president, the highest lay position within the ELCA.
Lutheran CORE has also been urging congregations to direct funding away from the national church. The Rev. His church has already cut most financial contributions to the ELCA. They are the ones that have moved here and so the real question that many of us are facing is have they now moved far enough that we can no longer faithfully remain in relationship with them.