Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Lutheran group has conference in DC to deal with sexual orientation in the church

Reconciliation Works: Lutherans for Full Participation (formerly Lutherans Concerned of North America and Reconciling in Christ) will hold a conference in Washington DC July 6-10.  The conference will address sexual orientation in the clergy and recognizing same-sex relationships.

The link for the group is here

The group sent a press release by email.  The text reads that the group adopted its new name “to better reflect their ongoing ministry with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, their families and congregations throughout the denomination.

“The first-ever presentation by a presiding bishop of the 4.2 million member ELCA Lutheran denomination follows a 2009 ELCA assembly decision to drop the prohibition against partnered gay and lesbian ministers. The Evangelical Luther Church in Canada in 2011 also voted to permit marriage or blessing of same-gender couples.”

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