ELCA distributes LGBTQIA+ handbook on ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity’ to churches

By The Christian Post

LGBT activists and their supporters rally in support of transgender people on the steps of New York City Hall, October 24, 2018 in New York City. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which was recently criticized for addressing God as “Mother” instead of Father, has now published a handbook on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to “deepen and expand” its welcome of LGBT members.

Titled “Lutheran Introduction To Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Gender Expression,” the handbook is aimed at “dismantling barriers between people,” says ReconcilingWorks, a Lutheran ministry “affirming God’s love for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities,” which has drafted it.

“The perception that LGBTQIA+ people are exotic oddities does not serve that goal,” adds the ministry, which advocates for “the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of” LGBTQIA+ Lutherans “in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.”

Source:The Christian Post