Study of Human Sexuality
ELCA Churchwide Assembly Action CA95.07.73
Passed by the 1995 Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
RESOLVED, that the 1995 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America receive with thanks the report of the Church Council (1995 Pre-Assembly Report, Volume 2, "Study of Human Sexuality," pages 810 A-F) on the possible social statement on human sexuality and affirm the strong recommendation of the counseling panel (1995 Pre-Assembly Report, Volume 2, "Study of Human Sexuality," pages 810 F-G), especially recommendations three and four calling the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to "lift up those areas in which there is clarity and wide agreement within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to provide a public ethical witness" and to affirm that there is a "compelling need for this church to find ways to communicate its pastoral concerns to its gay and lesbian members and their families"; and be it further
RESOLVED, that words of prayer and pastoral concern and encouragement come quickly from the Conference of Bishops and the bishop of this church, so that this church can express a caring welcome for gay and lesbian persons and repudiate all words and acts of hatred towards such persons in our church and in our communities.