Nearly a year ago, on August 19, 2009, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly recognized and affirmed the centrality of family in the lives of its LGBT members. Two days later, the assembly made provision for the service in ministry of LGBT ministers in committed, lifelong, same-gender relationship.
As we approach the one-year anniversary marking these momentous decisions, Lutherans Concerned/North America (LC/NA) calls for a renewed commitment to the values and principles of the first and most important of the four "resolveds" of the policy recommendations adopted by the assembly: to love the neighbor, to bear one another's burdens. Overwhelmingly, the assembly agreed to stay in relationship, to live together faithfully amidst our disagreements, and to work for reconciliation; LC/NA calls everyone to do the same.
In the spirit of that commitment, LC/NA initiated a program called “First Resolved,” calling upon all members of the ELCA to reach out to at least two people regarding the decisions made at the 2009 assembly, including someone whom you know has felt confused or hurt and someone who has been made to feel alienated by the church's previous exclusionary policies and teachings.
During the month of August 2010, LC/NA asks again for all to love the neighbor by holding the ELCA in prayer, asking God to grant us the grace to live in unity, mutual understanding, and joy.
We invite you to share your prayers in the comment section below.
(Go here for more details about how you can participate further in the “First Resolved” campaign.)