Lutheran synod accepts same-sex ruling.
The issue of local option--allowing individual congregations to decide whether they will bliss same-gender couples--is, however, on the agenda of ELCIC's National Convention in June just as it will be at the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, with whom Lutherans are in Full Communion. Earlier, the Lutheran council had ratified a motion "to reconsider a local option for pastors and congregations to bless same-gender couples." Anglicans, on the other hand, are to address a similar motion, which had been tabled at the last General Synod in 2004. In a statement released shortly after its meeting in November, Eastern Synod bishop Michael Pryse said his synod's council "continues to believe that the congregational local option is an appropriate way to proceed given the wide polarity of opinions that are so evident within the life of our church vis-a-vis this question."
The local option "provides a reasonable accommodation that allows for a diversity of practice, without compromising the church's ability to faithfully address broader ethical and theological questions concerning human sexuality," added Bishop Pryse.
The resolution passed by the Eastern Synod would have allowed a pastor to bless the unions of same-sex couples but only after a two-thirds majority vote by his or her congregation and after consultation with the bishop.
MARITES N. SISON
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|Author:||Sison Marites N.|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2007|
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