What about congregations, families and individuals that possess a bound conscience represented by the other three positions found in the ELCA social statement “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust”?
Being called to serve the orphan, widow, and stranger does not infer a rejection of people with parents, people who have not suffered the loss of their spouse, or familiar members of a specific community. Additionally, being intentionally inclusive of people of color does not infer a rejection of people who are white. While becoming a Reconciling in Christ organization creates intentional space and welcome for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, it is not an implicit rejection of people with other bound consciences represented in the ELCA’s social statement on human sexuality. Certainly, there is a wide array of bound conscience represented in the four positions found in “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust”, and these positions can be challenging to reconcile with one another. Becoming a Reconciling in Christ organization is intended to publicly open the arms of welcome for all of God’s children to experience the triune God in an environment that is safe and welcoming for all people as they are.
Feedback forms available on-line, and public forums on-line create space for the diversity of bound conscience to be represented, shared and received in the process of the LWM Board’s discernment. The journey of discernment and listening began in 2018 and will continue in the coming months.
In the meantime, current practices of full inclusion and welcome for members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the life of Living Water Ministries continues. If individuals or congregations with another bound conscience wish to discuss accommodations available to them please contact the Executive Director of Living Water Ministries via e-mail at email@example.com or phone at 231-670-6946.