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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Sexuality Paper discussed with energy

A paper commissioned by the Board of Ordered Ministry ("BOOM") entitled "Human Sexuality & the Marriage Ethic" was presented today in the agenda of the meeting with the intention of moving into small group discussions. That idea was quickly vetoed by the larger body in favor of an open discussion about the goal and purpose of the discussion.
The annual meeting of the Covenant asked the "BOOM" to present a reflection and theology paper on the 1996 resolution on human sexuality. What delegates received was a 30 page paper and theological reflection on the meaning of sexuality from the biblical viewpoint of Covenanters. The dissenting voices were concerned that this paper would become less of a discussion paper and more of a binding resolution. The covenant has valued the voice of dissent and disagreement historically. Would the adoption of this paper silence disparate voices, especially in regards to sexual orientation? Are we not a community that values right life and care for each other over right belief and doctrinal purity?
The response from many others spoke to the fact that we do have biblically defined guidelines for sexual behavior and can still be in dialogue and community with those who disagree. But their disagreement cannot be the basis for not taking a stand on normative biblical sexuality being hetorosexual love between a man and a woman within the context of marital commitment. One young preson near me was deeply impressed with the depth of thinking and expression within the ministerium. So, at the end of the discussion we voted to receive the paper as it goes to the annual meeting.

3 Comments:

At 7:07 AM , Anonymous Matt K said...

Thanks for your reporting. I would have loved to be there.

 
At 9:35 AM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

It was a really good and spirited discussion. Next time.

 
At 7:46 PM , Blogger Kalon L said...

Seems like a conversation on this paper might be a good subject for one of our Sunday School classes.

 

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