ELCA News Blog
February 12, 2007
Journal of Lutheran Ethics February 2007 issue focuses on human sexuality
by Melissa Ramirez Cooper, ELCA News Service
The Journal of Lutheran Ethics (JLE) February 2007 issue features four discussion papers on the topic of human sexuality. The papers were originally presented Jan. 3-5 at the 14th Annual Gathering of Lutheran Ethicists at the Catholic Conference Formation Center in Dallas. Forty-five ethicists, pastors, graduate students and others from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) gathered to address the topic.
Participants "gathered with a self-conscious eye to the ELCA's process to develop a social statement on human sexuality for possible adoption by the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly," said the Rev. Ronald W. Duty, assistant director for studies, ELCA Church in Society. "About a half-dozen invited members and advisory staff of the Task Force for the ELCA Studies on Sexuality were present (at the gathering) to take part in conversations, which were designed to help inform the task force as it does its work" in developing the social statement, he said.
Papers published in the February issue of JLE are "The Top Five Things I Miss When Lutherans Talk about Sex: Crafting a New Conversation" by Dr. Martha E. Stortz, Berkeley, Calif.; "For God is also the God of Bodies: Embodiment and Sexuality in Martin Luther's Theology" by Wanda Deifelt, Decorah, Iowa; "Re-Thinking Adolescent Sexual Ethic: A Social Justice Obligation to Adolescent Sexual Health" by Kate M. Ott, Guilford, Conn.; and "Called to Serve Life: A 'New' Vision of Marriage as Vocation for the Lutheran Tradition" by Laurie A. Jungling, Great Falls, Mont. Soon to be published on JLE is "Contemporary Family Law and Christian Ethics: A Critique of Critical Familism" by Don S. Browning, Chicago.
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