LC-Missouri Synod adopts resolution calling for 'thorough, biblical and confessional analysis of and response to' ELCA human sexuality statement; also vote in favor of changes to altar, pulpit fellowship with some church bodies

The newspaper of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod reports that delegates at last week’s denominational assembly adopted a resolution "from the Floor Committee on Theology and Church Relations" to amend the church’s bylaws regarding recognition of altar and pulpit fellowship with "small, formative or emerging confessional Lutheran church bodies."

Delegates also adopted five other Floor Committee 3 resolutions including one requestion "that the CTCR, in consultation with the faculties of the seminaries, ‘develop a thorough, biblical and confessional analysis of and response to’ the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s social statement ‘Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust,’ adopted in 2009 at its Churchwide Assembly. The statement, with its concept of ‘bound conscience,’ is the basis of that church body’s action on the acceptability of same-gender relations and which authorizes the ordination of individuals living in such relationships into the pastoral ministry."