Pretty easy job in the moment; the NALC has but one congregation in the entire four-state region. There are others pending. The one NALC congregation. In my congregation, we are a mixed lot in the moment, as is the case with numerous ELCA parishes.
Homosexuality and Lutheranism
Homosexuality and Lutheranism - Wikipedia
In some ways, this is old news. Mainline decline has been a reality for over half a century, and the trends are well established. Yet consider how rapidly this future is arriving—well within most of our lifetimes. The ELCA had over five million members when it was launched in It has only declined since, and the decline has been accelerating.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
These Lutheran heretics reject standards of family formation within the natural institution of marriage and sexual propriety, once again irrespective of consequences. Our biological family is only the beginning of the journey. Along the way, we form deep friendships, fall in love, and perhaps have children and grandchildren.
In , the United Church of Christ became the first mainline Protestant denomination in the United States to ordain an openly gay clergy person. The Episcopal Church in the United States and the Christian Church Disciples of Christ have also allowed ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates for ministry for some years. The issue of ordination has caused particular controversy in the worldwide Anglican communion, following the election of the Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in the US Episcopal Church. In the Episcopal Church of the United States approved a change to their nondiscrimination canons to include gender identity and expression. In July the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada decided to accept gay, lesbian, and bisexual clergy in sexually active monogamous relationships.