ELCA Responses

A list of links to responses and reflections following the 2009 ELCA Assembly, specifically actions regarding human sexuality, ministry with gay and lesbian persons in publically accountable, faithful and monogamous relationships, and the rostered ministry of the ELCA. This list is intended to be a resource to the Seminary community, reflecting a wide variety of responses. These writings and responses do not reflect any official position taken by Gettysburg Seminary.



Gettysburg Seminary Statement  by President Cooper-White and Board Chair Glenn Ludwig

Wartburg Seminary Statement  by President Duane Larson

Statement posted by The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia 

Beliefnet blog news story about CORE decisions

How Could This Be? Thoughts on recent assembly action by the Rev. John Stendahl, a pastor in the New England Synod

In The Aftermath: Reflections Following the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly by Dr. David Yeago, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

On Heresy by Michael Root, from Lutherans Persisting blog

The Aroma of an Empty Bottle: a reflection by Carl Braaten

The 2009 ELCA Assembly: An historic gathering  From the Gettysburg PO, by Michael L. Cooper-White, president

Other Resources:

Response: Proposed Statement on Human Sexuality  by Kristin Johnston Largen (Gettysburg Seminary facultyA) Journal of Lutheran Ethics (online)

Film  "For the Bible Tells Me So"  99 minutes, 2007, documentary, directed by Daniel Karslake (PBS programming)

Does God really condemn loving homosexual relationships? Is the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians too wide to cross? These questions and more are answered in this award-winning documentary, which brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture – and reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible. Offering healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity, this landmark film “boldly takes on a loaded topic and examines it both intellectually and emotionally; the result may well leave you blinking away a few tears.” (Seattle Times)

Taking a Stand -- Taking a Walk by Bishop Kurt Kusserow, SW Penn Synod.

Blog entry by David Preus


The following index includes presentations made during Gettysburg Seminary sponsored events in 2002 and 2003 in anticipation of the ELCA's study of issues related to human sexuality.