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Background:

There is a very active debate within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) concerning equality of treatment of its LGBT members (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and occasionally transgender individuals).

As with other mainline Christian faith groups, there exist two solitudes within the ELCA between traditionally minded and progressive members. The former solitude condemns all same-sex sexual behavior; the latter condemns discrimination against LGBT members.

Topics covered in this section:

bulletIntroduction to the ELCA
 
bulletOverview of the lesbian/gay/bisexual issue
 
bulletList of developments from mid-1977 to 2009:
bullet1974 to 1999
bullet2000 to 2002
bullet2003 & 2004
bullet2005 & 2006
bullet2007 & 2008
 
bulletThe 2009 Churchwide Assembly (CWA):
bulletOverview of CWA activities
 
bulletThe social statement on sexuality: 1
bulletEvents leading up to the 2009 CWA
bulletApproval of the social statement on sexuality
bulletReactions to the approval:
bulletBy various groups
bulletBy delegates and the media
bulletGod's responses as interpreted by observers
 

 
bulletIndividual cases of church discipline of gay and lesbian clergy:

Reference used:

  1. "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust, A social statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church," Pages 1 to 20," 2009-AUG-19, Final version, at: http://www.elca.org/ This is a PDF file.

 

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