Started by Brad Everett, July 16, 2011, 07:19:13 PM
Quote from: Brad Everett on July 17, 2011, 09:12:16 AMMOVED that convention actions NC-1993-16 and NC-1989-96 be rescinded and that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in convention adopt the following policy:It is the policy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada that sexual orientation is not in itself a factor which disqualifies a candidate for rostered ministry or a rostered minister seeking a call. Candidates and rostered ministers are in all cases expected to adhere to the qualifications and standards as set out in the constitution and bylaws of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and of the synod within which they serve. Synods and congregations are expected to evaluate candidates for ordination or consecration and rostered ministers for call in accordance with a conscience informed by the Gospel, the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. Thus the matter devolves into a discussion of rights.
Quote from: Brad Everett on July 19, 2011, 12:19:36 AMMy apologies—the sentence in question is commentary not part of the motion (this is why it's easier writing for Forum Letter, you have an editor )
Quote from: Brad Everett on July 18, 2011, 01:17:31 AM His answer was that this had been discussed by the National Church Council and they estimated between 20-30% of congregations/members might leave, which he termed "acceptable losses". And frankly I have no idea what numbers would constitute "unacceptable losses"—I suspect it would have less to do with numbers than theological inclination.