Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Episcopalians, Lutherans Taking Action on Sexuality Topics

From World Wide Faith News-

The 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal
Church took a series of actions on the topic of human sexuality July 8-17 in Anaheim, Calif. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will also make decisions on matters concerning the topic at its 2009 Churchwide Assembly Aug. 17-23 in Minneapolis.

The ELCA and Episcopal Church have been "full communion" partners
since 2000. The relationship is based on a common confessing of the
Christian faith. The denominations collaborate on various ministry
initiatives, may provide for the interchangeability of ordained clergy
and engage in worship together.

On behalf of the ELCA, the Rev. Donald J. McCoid attended the
convention. He said the actions of the Episcopal Church "do not parallel
what will be before our churchwide assembly, although some of the
concerns are similar."

"The Episcopal Church has a different process for considering human
sexuality issues and policies," said McCoid, executive director, ELCA
Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations.

During their convention, Episcopalians passed a resolution designed
to open ordination to anyone in the denomination through a discernment
process outlined in the church's Constitution and Canons.

The resolution also reaffirmed the Episcopal Church's participation
in the worldwide Anglican Communion, noting that members of the communion
hold opposing views on matters related to human sexuality.

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