Forum roundtable brings various viewpoints together to discuss ELCA sexuality decision a year after the assembly

ELCA roundtable discussion

In August 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America changed its ministry policy to allow people in same-gender relationships to serve in the clergy and passed a controversial statement on sexuality. Those actions were met with joy by some but also sent shock waves through the ELCA, a denomination of more than 10,000 congregations. To date, about 200 congregations have voted to disaffiliate from the denomination.That recent history in the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination formed the backdrop of a discussion coordinated by The Forum as six individuals sat down together to talk about the assembly actions one year later. The civil-but-passionate group spoke of grief and joy, love and law, Scripture and practice, discussing one of the most contentious issues in ELCA history.

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