Then there was what I had learned in church: LCFS did not return Windy City Times' request for comment for this story as of press deadline; moreover, the agency's policy on same-sex adoptive and foster parents is no longer visible on its website. But the process was halted Sept. Churchwide Assemblies are held every three years, with elected representatives establishing policy and addressing the concerns of the larger church body. Now we choose to be supporters of the life God blessed us to bring into the world. Women have been ordained in the church since its founding inand were ordained in the Lutheran churches that formed the ELCA beginning in
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‘Mum, Dad, I’m gay’
As parents, we faced two choices at this point, both involving some form of loss — if not death. Donate today to help HRC achieve full equality — nothing less! This was not my son. He believed that God loves people unconditionally and offers change and renewal to those who come to him with humble and penitent hearts. When Lakeview couple Matt Nalett and Fred Steinhauer began the process to adopt a year-old boy earlier this year, they gained excitement with each step along the way, passing background checks, a home inspection and meeting with the boy's therapist, case worker and a welfare agent as part of the rigorous process all potential foster parents undergo. I remember that face marked by fear, those hurting eyes, and the fragile heart placed in my hands by someone I love. One choice was to reject and separate from our child:
Lost is a level of openness, support, and comfort within our church community. We learned that there is more than one theory about the causes of homosexuality: However, church policy, like that for same-sex marriage, gives individual congregations autonomy in calling ministers to serve. If he thought he was gay, there must be a reason for his confused state. We are not alone. Each of these factors may contribute in varying degrees to the sexual orientation of a particular individual. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Share this.