- Click here for Lutheran statement on sexuality which has passed their churchwide assembly yesterday.
- Click here about full communion with United Methodists entered into by Lutherans (ELCA)
- As well, it appears that the ELCA have also approved same sex blessings in a vote today.
- Also, persons in same sex unions have been approved by the assembly to be eligible to serve as clergy.
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:
Pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America can bless same-sex unions after a vote Friday by delegates at the Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis.
“I’ve been a life-long member at Redeemer Lutheran Church [in Atlanta], and I was never comfortable asking my church to bless my relationship,” said Bob Gibeling, who is at the assembly.
“This offers great hope to me that when I find a future life-long partner, my own beloved congregation will want to bless that union.”
The change in the Evangelical Lutheran Church does not require pastors or congregations to bless same-sex unions, but allows those comfortable with it to do so.