January 7, 2010

Area church reactions vary to ELCA’s clergy sexuality

The decision has parted some parishes like Moses did the Red Sea.

At the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America held Aug. 17-23, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minn., 1,045 voting members decided by a vote of 559-451 to accept as clergy gay people in "publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous" relationships. Previously, the church allowed gay clergy to serve only if they were celibate, similar to single heterosexual clergy.

In Mercer County, Lutheran churches affiliated with the ELCA have had varying reactions to the decision. In Hazen, Peace Lutheran Church and English Lutheran Church are both members of the ELCA.

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