From our loyal reader:
Apparently the primary Lutheran group in the US had two landmark votes this week:
One was to accept Methodists into their communion:
Delegates of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted overwhelmingly this week to enter into a full-communion agreement with the United Methodist Church.
The other was to accept non-celibate gays as clergy:
Another major Christian denomination has taken a controversial step regarding gay clergy.
Meeting in Minneapolis, the 4.7-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States, voted Friday “to allow Lutherans in same-gender relationships to serve as pastors of congregations and serve in other professional leadership roles.”
Until now, only celibate gay men and lesbians could serve such church roles.
It will be interesting to see how the results of these two resolutions square with the results of the Methodists’ stand on this controversial issue, as noted in an Associated Press piece:
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 7.9 million U.S. members. The most conservative of the largest mainline denominations on gay clergy. An effort to repeal a ban on non-celibate gay clergy failed at the church’s last General Conference, in 2008.
I know that the French family attends the Presbyterian Church, so from that same article:
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA): 2.9 million U.S. members. Ministers must live in “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between and a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” The church’s General Assembly voted last year to drop that requirement, but the move did not receive required approval from presbyteries.
Thank goodness for your Church’s local congregations!