In August the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will hold its national assembly with a variety of workshops. The ELCA voted in 2009 to allow for the ordination of homosexually active pastors, but the ELCA also allows conservative congregations not to do so.
At the upcoming assembly there is no workshop representing the traditional, Biblical viewpoint on this issue. Instead the following will be offered at the ELCA's "Grace Gathering" held in partnership with the national assembly:
Introducing Queer Theology and Its Intersections with Lutheran Theology
...Queer theologians have developed transformative, challenging and more inclusive ways of understanding God, Jesus Christ and the human person and have helped redefine family and church. In this workshop we will explore what queer theologians are teaching and writing about these doctrines and how some key claims of queer theology surprisingly align with Lutheran teachings.
The presenter of the workshop is Mary Elise Lowe, associate professor of Religion at the ELCA's Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Her most recent publication is “Re-Embracing the Body of Jesus Christ: A Queer, Lutheran Theology of the Body of Christ”...
There is little doubt what Martin Luther, who said homosexuality "comes from the devil", would think of this workshop. A question that should be asked is: For the sake of balance and fairness (and truth!) why is there no workshop representing what Christians have believed on this issue for 2000 years? Why only one point of view?
This is another example of why it is time for Christians to leave the ELCA and take their time, talents, and treasures to a denomination which honors their Biblical beliefs.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
(you can find the link to this workshop here)