empowers openly identified sexual minority people called to God's mission of ministry and witness.
Lutheran Lesbian & Gay Ministries
Soulforce Supports Lutheran Gay-Affirming Groups At ELCA Churchwide Annual Meeting
Vigils, Trainings, Celebrations, and Civil Disobedience Take Place in Indianapolis August 10-13, 2001
(Laguna Beach, CA) Hundreds of people from all over the United States came together in Indianapolis on August 10-13, 2001 at the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to urge the ELCA to remove unfair and discriminatory restrictions against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals called to ministry. Soulforce supporters and the Lutheran Alliance for Full Participation held a celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Lutheran heros/sheros, daylong vigils, trainings in non-violence, and civil disobedience.
Below are recent news articles, press releases and Soulforce statements:
A Brief Summary of Actions
Making Christ Known: Sharing Faith in a New Century was the theme of the 2001 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The 1,039 voting members met at the Indiana Convention Center to act on issues before this church. The Rev. H. George Anderson, ELCA presiding bishop, was chair.
Homosexuality Study Authorized, Final Report and Recommendations Due in 2005
Soulforce Direct Action
Protesters call church's study another delay in accepting gays
50 Soulforce Protesters Arrested At ELCA Churchwide Assembly In Indianapolis
ELCA Leaders Address Homosexuality Actions from Assembly
Soulforce Announces Direct Actions At ELCA Churchwide Assembly August 10-13
Soulforce To Support Lutheran Gay-Affirming Groups At ELCA Churchwide Annual Meeting
An Open Letter From The Lutheran Alliance for Full Participation
Letter to All Voting Members of the 2001 ELCA Churchwide Assembly