Lutherans begin gay clergy discussion in Minn.
Leaders of the country’s largest Lutheran denomination began discussing Monday whether or not to allow people in same-sex relationships to serve as clergy.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is meeting this week in Minneapolis, plans to decide whether to approve a proposal that would allow individual congregations to let gay and lesbian people in committed relationships serve as clergy.
Delegates plan to take an early vote on the issue Monday, when they will decide whether to require a simple majority or a two-thirds supermajority to pass the proposal.
My fiancee and I were discussing an aspect of this issue last night though it was in regard to the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church. We were discussing the value of unity and whether we should split over issues like homosexuality. I fully acknowledge that there is an inherent value in unity, but I’d argue that there is also a value in separation, that clear lines of orthodoxy are as valuable as a unified denomination. The question for me is often whether something counts as sufficiently unorthodox enough to warrant such separation. What do you think?