One Church’s Response
The council of a congregation in the Lower Susquehanna Synod has made these resolutions pending approval at the annual congregational meeting...
The council of a congregation in the Lower Susquehanna Synod has made these resolutions pending approval at the annual congregational meeting.
Mission Support Redirection
For the balance of this year, $0.00 will be remitted to the Lower Susquehanna Synod on the line "Mission Support."
The amount previously remitted on that line shall be divided equally between:
"Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central Pennsylvania" (an item within the Lower Susquehanna Synod)
"Resource Center" (an item within the Lower Susquehanna Synod)
"Lutheran World Relief" (a Churchwide item), and
"Lutheran Disaster Response (a Churchwide item)
Most of the members of the Finance Committee were present at this meeting and they understand that a similar designation should be made in their pending the 2010 budget proposal.
Two New By-laws
C09.01.01 - Pastoral Chastity and Teaching on Marriage
Only a pastor who subscribes to and lives according to the November 23, 1990 document, Vision and Expectations: Ordained Ministers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America shall be eligible to be called as a pastor of this congregation:
“The expectations of this church regarding the sexual conduct of its ordained ministers are grounded in the understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God and that ordained ministers are to live in such a way as to honor this gift. Ordained ministers are expected to reject sexual promiscuity, the manipulation of others for purposes of sexual gratification, and all attempts of sexual seduction and sexual harassment, including taking physical or emotional advantage of others. Single ordained ministers are expected to live a chaste life. Married ordained ministers are expected to live in fidelity to their spouses, giving expression to sexual intimacy within a marriage relationship that is mutual, chaste, and faithful.”
The Christian tradition defines marriage as a covenant of faithfulness between one man and one woman and chastity in singleness as abstinence from sexual activity, heterosexual or homosexual. Only a pastor who preaches, teaches, and lives according to these understandings shall be eligible to be called as a pastor of this congregation.
C09.01.02 - The Rite of Marriage
This congregation adheres to and follows Resolution CB93.10.25 of the ELCA Conference of Bishops (October 1993): “We… recognize that there is basis neither in Scripture nor tradition for the establishment of an official ceremony by this church for the blessing of a homosexual relationship. We, therefore, do not approve such a ceremony as an official action of this church’s ministry.”
The congregation will be informed that the Council is unanimous in recommending their passage at the annual Congregation Meeting which will take place in October.