The formation of two theological commissions — the first one would
do studies and develop arguments “for” women’s ordination, and the
second one would do studies and develop arguments “against” women’s
ordination. Both commissions will prepare arguments according to a
unified plan, if that is possible, and will work with this issue for,
for example, two years.
The ALWTL is prepared to suggest candidates for the commission that
develops arguments “for”. We are servants called by God and so we are
ready to fulfill our duty, because this issue affects in the most direct
manner the calling and fate of women serving in the ELCL both in the
past and present, as well as the fate of those women, who were capable
of and will be capable of serving in the ELCL.
The ALWTL is resolved to open and maintain a Web page
that will be devoted solely to this issue and will include studies of
“for” and “against” arguments.
Only when both theological commissions have concluded their work and
the Web page includes available material in Latvian meant for a wide
audience in the ELCL congregations, then in our view the ELCL could
begin truthful and many-sided debates in other instances stipulated by
para. 76 of the Constitution — pastors’ conferences, meetings in the
deaneries, as well as voting in the Synod on the proposed changes in the
We are pleased that in the ECLC “Forum” discussions about the issue of
women’s ordination have been going on for the past three months. However, the
content of the discussions proves the lack of academically prepared studies and
their availability in the Latvian language.
We look forward to the ELCL’s positive reply to our proposal and to our
effective cooperation and hope to receive a reply in one month’s time .
May God help us all in our efforts!
On behalf of the ALWTL
Board President Rudīte Losāne
The ALWTL was founded in 1995. It currently joins together 40 members. 7 are
active ELCL evangelists and chaplains; 1 is an active pastor, 1 — assistant
pastor, 1 — pastor emeritus; 8 women who were once ELCL evangelists,
deaconesses, serving students but left active work due to the ELCL’s attitude
toward women’s ordination; 9 are women theologians from Latvia who have in the
past 14 years emigrated and become pastors in the Latvian Church Outside Latvia;
2 are women who were ordained in the Latvian Church Outside Latvia, but who have
returned to their homeland but have not been allowed to serve in the ELCL; 9 are
serving the Latvian Church Outside Latvia as pastors, deaconesses and deans.
Within our midst are 4 women with doctor of theology degrees. The number of
ALWTL members, since its founding, has not diminished, but grows and continues
© February 2010Journal of Lutheran Ethics (JLE)Volume 10, Issue 2