Monday, November 9, 2009

First Resolved: Loving the Neighbor, Bearing One Another's Burdens

LC/NA announces a new initiative called "First Resolved: Loving the Neighbor, Bearing One Another's Burdens."

The title "First Resolved" refers to the first of the four "resolveds" of the policy recommendations considered by the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly (CWA09). For many, the commitments made in the first resolved were the most important: to "love the neighbor" and "bear one another's burdens." The assembly voted overwhelmingly to adopt this resolved, agreeing to stay in relationship, to live together faithfully amidst our disagreements, and to work for reconciliation.

Something that you can do, where you are, that will help all of us and those near you: LC/NA calls on all members to commit to personally contacting at least two people with whom you have already some relationship.

The work of reconciliation is at the core of the mission of Lutherans Concerned/North America (LC/NA). In these months after the close of the assembly, there are some who are unsure about their involvement with the ELCA. In some cases, misunderstandings or hard feelings about the CWA09 decisions may be tempting some to disengage. In other cases, the CWA decisions present an "open door" for LGBT people and their families for the first time—even if it may seem like the door is still not open wide enough.

Making just two contacts is not difficult but will go far in reconciling. Please go here for a conversation guide and further helpful details on the "First Resolved" campaign.

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