ELCA grants full inclusion for gays and lesbians
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America just passed three of four policy changes that allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships the opportunity to become official rostered leaders of the church. It finished a week of tense voting and exchange between Lutherans arguing with one another to "think as Lutherans" and appeal to their "bound conscience."
Those against the policy changes saw the passage as an acceptance of sin. Those for them saw it as the culmination of a decades long fight for inclusion. But in good Lutheran tradition, the discourse remained civil. Every 20 minutes they stopped to pray, side by side, all with God.
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