Ah, don’t you love the intrigue!
The president’s newsletter just received advice that the GCC resolution on the ordination of women has been changed:
(from the President’s Page 10th April)
It has been noted that a draft proposal for Synod agenda item 2.4 Report from the Consensus on Women’s Ordination Dialogue Group was incorrectly printed on pg 28 of the Book of Reports. Please replace this with the correct proposal as follows:
2.4 BE IT RESOLVED that the Church:
- receive the progress report of the Ordination Dialogue Group;
- supports continued study of the matter of hermeneutics (the interpretation of scripture) arising from the October 2011 symposium on this topic;
- supports study of what consensus means, for the sake of unity in the LCA as a confessional church
- request GCC to ensure that a report with recommendations be presented to both GPC and the next Synod
Here is what the earlier version said:
2.4 BE IT RESOLVED that the church adopt the following approach to the question of the ordination of both genders:
- Receive the interim report of the Dialogue Group studying consensus on this issue
- Request the Dialogue Group continue their work
- Address the hermeneutic question arising from the a symposium convened by the Church in October 2011
- Study and present to the Church what ‘consensus’ means in our confessional church.
- On completion of the above, place the matter before either the Commission on Theology and Inter-church Relations, or another group of theologians of the Church as appointed by the College of Presidents in agreement with the General Church Council, for study by the pastorate and the laity of the church and as per the Syndocal process place it back on the agenda of synod if that is the wish of the Church.
The revised motion seems to indicate, amongst other things, that the Dialogue Group is to be terminated and that the side-stepping of CTICR is to end. Note how the reference to CTICR or another group of theologians has been deleted. Pr Mike Semmler for some years has side-lined CTICR when it does not bring down recommendations that he supports. He has therefore done his best to minimise their impact.
It seems to us that the President’s advisors have pulled him into line. Perhaps the time has come for them when enough is enough. Who knows?
- President distressed with ‘unauthorised communication’ (katieandmartin.wordpress.com)
- Senior Lutheran Pastors and Theologians Affirm Women’s Ordination (katieandmartin.wordpress.com)
- A letter to Pastors and Synod Delegates of the LCA (katieandmartin.wordpress.com)
- A layman’s view of women’s ordination in the LCA (katieandmartin.wordpress.com)