Mennonite beliefs on homosexuality

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The Mennonite Church USA officially views homosexual activity as a sin and defines It has to do with how your beliefs affect other people. Gay rights debate reaches Lancaster Mennonites .. noted that the term "​Mennonite" includes a diverse number of organizations and beliefs. For many years, in the company of other grieving parents of homosexual to my beliefs based on what God has been revealing to me throughout my life.

After hearing tearful stories from Mennonites whose gay, lesbian, . As an adult, I​, like many others, shed the basic beliefs of Christianity and. Gay rights debate reaches Lancaster Mennonites .. noted that the term "​Mennonite" includes a diverse number of organizations and beliefs. On a Saturday in March, the Allegheny Mennonite Conference met in But when the church “started putting active, practicing homosexuals in.

For many years, in the company of other grieving parents of homosexual to my beliefs based on what God has been revealing to me throughout my life. Chapel Hill Mennonite is not the first church to transfer its reshaping that even the smallest of denominations as changing beliefs on sexuality and meeting and proposed that the congregation welcome gays and lesbians. This is a list of Christian denominational positions on homosexuality. The issue of .. The Mennonite church has multiple LGBT-affirming denominations. state the belief, "that marriage is a gift of God and that it is God's intention that a marriage.






This is a list of Christian denominational positions on homosexuality. The issue of homosexuality and Christianity is a subject of on-going theological debate within and mennonlte Beliefs denominations and this list seeks to summarise the various official positions. Within denominations, many members may hold somewhat differing views on and even differing definitions of homosexuality. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is homosexuality to same-sex sexual practices and relationships on the grounds that "sexual intimacy belongs only mennonite the marital relationship of a man and a woman.

The Anglican Communion has been divided over the issue of homosexuality in several ways. The Church of Englandthe mother church of the Communion, currently maintains according to the statement Issues in Human Sexuality that same-sex partnerships are acceptable for laypersons, and gay clergy may enter in a civil partnership as long as they are expected to give assurances of celibacy. Bishop Gene Robinson is the first openly gay non-celibate clergy to be ordained to the episcopate.

InNicholas Chamberlainthe Bishop of Granthambecame the first bishop in the Church of England to come out as gay and in a same-sex relationship.

In the Seventeenth Session of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia inthe Anglican Church of Australia passed a motion recognising "that the doctrine of our church, in line with traditional Christian teaching, is that marriage is beliefs exclusive and lifelong union of a man and a woman, and further, recognises that this has been the subject of several General Synod resolutions over the past fifteen years". In response to several controversies in the Episcopal Church, among which was its changed policies relating to sexual morality, a number of alternative Anglican churches were founded during the s and s.

They are customarily referred to as the churches of the Continuing Anglican movement. Inconflict in the worldwide Anglican Communion over the issue of the acceptance of homosexuality, the appointment of Bishop Gene Robinson in the Episcopal Church in the USA, and a growing concern about the ambivalent position of mennonute Anglican mother church in the UK led to homosexuality founding of a global network of conservative Anglican churches representing more than two thirds of Anglicans throughout the world.

Favoring more inclusion of same-sex relationships, "more liberal provinces that are open to changing Church doctrine on marriage in order to allow for same-sex unions include BrazilBwliefsNew ZealandScotlandSouth IndiaSouth AfricaSpainthe US and Wales. It and the Ohmosexuality Anglican churches are primarily made up of people who left the Episcopal Church, partially in opposition to its approval of homosexual relationships and gay clergy.

The Southern Baptist Conventionthe largest of the Baptist denominations and the single largest Protestant group in the U. Homosexuality is not a 'valid alternative lifestyle. The same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals. They, too, may become new creations in Christ. Menonnite Canadian and American Reformed Churches cite Biblical sources from Leviticuswhich reads: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.

After repentance, the person is declared homoseuality by the church. In Julythe General Assembly of the Disciples of Christ issued a "Sense of the Assembly" resolution GA "Becoming a People of Grace and Welcome to All" that in part acknowledges that people within society and within the church have been "devalued and discriminated against Local Disciples of Christ congregations have also performed same-sex marriages such as the First Christian Church of Davenport beliefz, [32] although the General Assembly has no official policy on same-sex marriages.

The Christian Reformed Church in North Beliefs has maintained the stance since the s that homosexuality is the direct result of a "broken," sinful world, but that the Church should offer a compassionate community for Christian homosexuals.

Celibate and repentant gays and lesbians should not be denied any right granted to heterosexuals. They have the right to maintain office and be an active member in a congregationas their gifts can still be used to glorify God. The Church must provide support for homosexuals to find "healing and wholeness" in their "broken sexuality". Although the First Christian Reformed Church of Toronto also the first CRC congregation to call a woman minister voted to allow gays and lesbians in committed partnerships as elders and deacons, this decision was later rescinded in the face of pressure from Classis Toronto regional gathering of churches.

The Orthodox Church holds the opinion that sexuality, as we understand it, is part of the fallen world only. In Orthodox theology both monasticism mennnite marriage are paths to Salvation sotiria in Greek; literally meaning, "becoming whole". Celibacy is the ideal path of exclusive concern for the Kingdom mennonite Godexemplified in monasticismwhile marriage is a reflection of the Messianic covenant and blessed under the context of true unitive love "Man must love his wife as Jesus loved his Church": this phrase is part of the Orthodox marriage rite with openness to procreation "bearing fruit".

This context can be interpreted by the non-Orthodox as not being exclusive of homosexuality; whereas it is seen as exclusive of homosexuality by all Orthodox Christians. Traditionally, the Christian East has maintained a comparatively non-legalistic view of sin see hoomsexualityin which homosexuality is spiritually disordered.

Although some members of the Church may have assumed an active role in encouraging negative social stereotypes against unrepentant homosexuals, they misrepresent the stance of the Orthodox Church, which does not promote judgment of people but judgment of actions.

However, several prominent members of the clergy [ who? All jurisdictions, such as the Orthodox Church in Americahave taken the approach of welcoming people with "homosexual feelings and emotions," while encouraging them to work towards "overcoming its harmful effects in their lives," while homosexuality extending the holy beleifs sacraments to people who seek mennonite justify homosexual activity.

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, the hhomosexuality Orthodox Christian representative body in the Americas, reaffirmed in a statement in September that "the Orthodox Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality, firmly grounded in Holy Scripture, two millennia of Church Tradition, and Canon Law, holds that the sacrament of marriage consists in the union of a man and a woman, and that authentic marriage reflects the sacred unity belirfs exists between Christ and His Bride, the Church".

In the homoseuality Axios was founded in Los Angeles to affirm and advocate for sexual minorities within the Orthodox Church, and has since started several other chapters in the United StatesCanadaand Australia. Jehovah's Witnesses consider same-sex sexual activity to be sinful, homosexuality recognize mennonite some people honosexuality be prone to homosexuality, including members of their congregation.

Homosexuality are required to abstain from any homosexual behavior, which is listed as a serious sin, but are told not to hate homosexual individuals.

Their literature has stated that Christians should not make homosexuals the target of ridicule or harassment. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church msnnonite it clear that experiencing feelings of same-sex attraction [41] is neither a choice, [42] a sin, nor the fault of the individual [43] and that celibate LGBT members can have a good standing in the Church.

Leaders of the LDS Church have encouraged all to reach out to LGB persons with love and understanding, which has sparked some criticism and a small protest from some more conservative churches. This policy brought criticism to the LDS faith. The Community of Christ officially decided to extend the sacrament of marriage to same-sex couples where gay marriage is legal, to provide covenant commitment ceremonies where it is not legal, and to allow the ordination of people in same-sex relationships to the priesthood.

However, this is only in beliefs United States, Canada, and Australia. The church does have a presence in countries where beliefs is punishable by law, even death, so for the protection of the members in those nations, full inclusion of LGBT individuals is limited to the countries where this is not the case.

Mennonite viewpoints do vary, and some congregations may be more welcoming than others. Furthermore, the church has proponents for support of both traditional marriage and same-sex marriages.

During the national meeting in[63] delegates voted against a measure that would have allowed non-celibate gay ordination and the blessing of same-sex unions by against to in favor. InLionel Ketola became the first person in a same-sex marriage to be appointed vicar intern of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada congregation. This occurred at [66] Newmarket, Ontario.

The national church, which had previously rejected such a proposal, proceeded to assert that it alone had the authority to make such a decision. The National Church Council agreed in a September ruling, but promised to bring forward another motion authorizing the local option for approval at the National Convention. Most Lutheran and united state churches in GermanyLutheranism's country of origin, are liberal, viewing homosexuality as moral and allow gay and lesbian clergy.

Most of the Lutheran and united churches in Germany are blessing same-sex unions. In general, homoxexuality churches of the Evangelical Church in Germany in the more rural parishes are against blessing same-sex unions, while most other churches do allow them. In the Church of Sweden allowed blessings of same-sex unions, and in allowed same-sex marriage and the ordination of beliefs clergy.

InEva Brunne became the first lesbian woman to be elected as a bishop, in the Diocese of Stockholm. The Church of Iceland allows same-sex marriages. The Lutheran Church of Norway was divided, with 6 of 11 bishops accepting homosexual practice as moral, even though the church officially rejects it.

But in the Church of Norway allowed the blessing of same-sex unions. Sincethe Church of Denmark has allowed same-sex marriages. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is divided on the issue and does not approve of same-sex marriages, though many mennonite have expressed beliefss acceptance for homosexual unions. As of Octoberthe Church of Finland allows, but does not oblige its clergy to pray for same-sex couples. The Lutheran Church of Australia and Lutheran Church of New Zealand, which are both closely tied, reject same-sex unions, and affirm that homosexual acts are immoral.

No Mennonite Churches in North or South America have officially endorsed same-sex marriagemennonite some have taken steps towards this practice. In the Netherlands, same-sex marriages can be both ordained and conducted by the Homosexuslity Church since This homosexuality coordinated through the Brethren Mennonite Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests with over 70 participating congregations. In contrast, some Mennonite pastors who performed same-sex unions have had their credentials revoked by their conference [79] and some within the Mennonite Church USA have had their credentials reviewed without any disciplinary actions taken.

It must be noted that a vast majority of conservative Mennonite churches which practice conservative values such as head coverings and modest dress completely forbid homosexual marriage. In these churches and also in their conferences, homosexuality is seen as sinful.

Homosexual marriage is seen as a sin and against the Biblical teaching of a marriage between one man and one woman. The Methodist Church of Great Britain Within the Methodist Church of Great Britain, people have many views about human relationships, sexuality and the nature and purpose of marriage. Inthe Methodist Conference passed six resolutions on human sexuality see below beoiefs, including a Resolution 6 which.

Furthermore, it called on the Methodist people to begin a beliefs of faith to mennonite repression and discrimination, to work for justice and human rights and to give dignity and worth to people whatever their sexual orientation. In passing these resolutions, the Methodist Conference made its opposition to homophobia known. In the Methodist Conference reaffirmed the current Methodist Standing Orders which state the belief, "that marriage homosexuality a gift of God hoosexuality that it is God's intention that a marriage should be a life-long union in body, beliefs and spirit of one man and one woman.

The Conference in confirmed that there was no reason beliefs Methodists may not enter legally formed same sex marriage e. At that time, and to date Junethis did not change the definition that the Methodist Church uses to define the intention of marriage. However, in the Methodist Conference set up a working group to update its Statement canons of the church on Marriage and Relationships, including consideration of revising the definition of marriage, including consideration of same sex marriage.

The task group will report to the Conference inand again no later than homosexualiry Inthe Conference clarified that, whilst there is no formal Methodist liturgy or Methodist resources for the blessing of civil partnerships or same-sex homosexkality, appropriate pastoral responses may be given to same-sex couples who are entering civil partnership or legal same sex-marriages. In other words, prayers of thanksgiving or celebration may be said, and beliefs may be informal services of thanksgiving or celebration.

The Methodist Church of Great Britain has issued the following definition of Homophobia, which is supported by supplementary guidance. Homophobia is any statement, policy or action which denies the image of God in another person due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation; which is, treating someone in a discriminatory manner because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

Homophobic attitudes, words, and behaviours are inconsistent with the nature of Christian conduct mennonite a violation of the worth and dignity of mennonite people. Homophobia can be experienced in a number of ways, including:. At homosexuality annual Methodist Conference in in Derby, following long debate at all levels of the Church's life on the basis of a detailed report, homossexuality Methodist Church considered the issues of human sexuality.

At the end of the debate, the Conference passed in the same session a series of resolutions known as 'The Resolutions'. These resolutions are as follows:. The Conference, affirming the joy of human sexuality as God's gift and the place of every human being within the grace of God, recognises the responsibility that flows from this for us all.

It therefore welcomes the serious, prayerful and sometimes costly consideration given to this issue by The Methodist Church. All practices of sexuality, which are promiscuous, exploitative or demeaning in any way are unacceptable forms of behaviour and contradict God's purpose for us all.

The Conference directs that this affirmation is made clear to all candidates for ministry, office and membership, and having established this, affirm that the existing procedures of our church are adequate to deal with all such cases. The Conference resolves that its decision in this debate shall not be used to form the basis of a disciplinary homosexualith against any person in relation to conduct alleged to have taken place before such decisions were made.

Conference recognises, affirms and celebrates the participation and ministry of lesbians and gay men in the church. Conference calls on the Methodist people to begin a pilgrimage of faith to combat repression and discrimination, to mennknite for justice and human rights and to give dignity and worth to people whatever their sexuality. On May 7, homosexuality Bishops in mennknite United Methodist Church, a denomination long divided on questions of LGBT equality, have proposed allowing individual pastors and regional church bodies to decide whether to ordain LGBT clergy and homosexuality same-sex weddings.

On the basis of membership, all persons are eligible to "attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, upon baptism be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection".

Suderman outlined a process for discussing gay rights that would give every person a voice, respect the collective wisdom of the group, and avoid establishing a predetermined outcome. It was a plan that took seven years to execute. The process was laborious and far from perfect, but by the end, 78 percent of the congregations had participated to some degree. The outcome was the resolution on the table in Saskatoon. In the room were official voting delegates from churches belonging to Mennonite Church Canada, as well as hundreds of other non-voting congregants.

Ben Borne, a gregarious twenty-six-year-old with neatly styled hair and a flashing smile, leaned back in his chair and fiddled with the name tag around his neck. As the debate dragged on, he kept pulling his ballot out of the square plastic sleeve that held his name tag and slipping it back in. Borne was trying to be calm. Four years before, he had applied for a position leading youth programming for the churches in the Saskatchewan area. Borne was qualified for the post, having grown up steeped in Mennonite culture in Saskatoon.

He preached his first sermon at the age of fourteen and has a degree in Biblical and theological studies from a Mennonite university. Teenagers seek him out at church gatherings, drawn, no doubt, by his quick laugh and attentive ear.

Borne is also gay. He came out first to close friends while attending Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Later, he helped organize a support group for LGBT people on campus. Borne felt accepted by fellow students and certain faculty members. He assured them that neither was a major risk. When the youth position opened up, the person retiring from the job encouraged Borne to apply.

I can feel it. Everything went well. A few weeks later, he received an email from George Epp, then the regional moderator for Saskatchewan churches, informing him that the position had been offered to someone else.

Borne waited nearly two weeks before he responded. In an email, he thanked the hiring committee for considering him as a candidate. Then he politely refused to give up. I know I am an Anabaptist Mennonite right to the core of my being. He deleted the email he received in response because, he explains, he wanted to put the matter behind him. But he remembers that in it, Epp acknowledged that although Borne had the necessary skills and vision to do the work, fourteen pastors had spoken out against the hiring of a gay man to lead the youth ministry.

People might have withdrawn their kids from his programs. Sitting in the auditorium in Saskatoon, listening to the last-minute arguments for and against the resolution, Borne reminded himself that no matter which way the vote went, his home congregation would support him.

Wildwood Mennonite Church in Saskatoon had already risked censure from the wider church body by adopting a public statement of non-discrimination. Later, Borne related the events to his home congregation. He felt that the resolution now before them was frustratingly ambiguous.

Two days earlier, during an open-mic discussion, a pastor from a church in British Columbia, a man with a jutting white beard and a black Hawaiian shirt covered with electric-blue palm trees, had stepped up to the microphone and begun reading from his phone.

But just before he left the microphone, the man added in a breaking voice that his only son was gay. He shares his burdens and his sorrows. I honestly love and care for him and his partner, and if it would help, I would die for them.

Outside the auditorium, people wept. A former pastor who left her job after coming out as bisexual in her mid-forties told me that she has tried attending various churches in her area. These days, she slips into the church where she used to preach and sits in the balcony.

As he made clear, this was no ordinary endeavour for a divided community. It is inherent in the nature of the church that it is not a harmonious club of the like-minded. I grew up in the Mennonite faith; my parents are missionaries. As an adult, I, like many others, shed the basic beliefs of Christianity and left the church of my childhood. Still, certain aspects of the Mennonite faith continue to fascinate me.

Within denominations, many members may hold somewhat differing views on and even differing definitions of homosexuality.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is opposed to same-sex sexual practices and relationships on the grounds that "sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman. The Anglican Communion has been divided over the issue of homosexuality in several ways.

The Church of England , the mother church of the Communion, currently maintains according to the statement Issues in Human Sexuality that same-sex partnerships are acceptable for laypersons, and gay clergy may enter in a civil partnership as long as they are expected to give assurances of celibacy.

Bishop Gene Robinson is the first openly gay non-celibate clergy to be ordained to the episcopate. In , Nicholas Chamberlain , the Bishop of Grantham , became the first bishop in the Church of England to come out as gay and in a same-sex relationship. In the Seventeenth Session of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia in , the Anglican Church of Australia passed a motion recognising "that the doctrine of our church, in line with traditional Christian teaching, is that marriage is an exclusive and lifelong union of a man and a woman, and further, recognises that this has been the subject of several General Synod resolutions over the past fifteen years".

In response to several controversies in the Episcopal Church, among which was its changed policies relating to sexual morality, a number of alternative Anglican churches were founded during the s and s.

They are customarily referred to as the churches of the Continuing Anglican movement. In , conflict in the worldwide Anglican Communion over the issue of the acceptance of homosexuality, the appointment of Bishop Gene Robinson in the Episcopal Church in the USA, and a growing concern about the ambivalent position of the Anglican mother church in the UK led to the founding of a global network of conservative Anglican churches representing more than two thirds of Anglicans throughout the world.

Favoring more inclusion of same-sex relationships, "more liberal provinces that are open to changing Church doctrine on marriage in order to allow for same-sex unions include Brazil , Canada , New Zealand , Scotland , South India , South Africa , Spain , the US and Wales.

It and the Continuing Anglican churches are primarily made up of people who left the Episcopal Church, partially in opposition to its approval of homosexual relationships and gay clergy. The Southern Baptist Convention , the largest of the Baptist denominations and the single largest Protestant group in the U.

Homosexuality is not a 'valid alternative lifestyle. The same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals. They, too, may become new creations in Christ.

The Canadian and American Reformed Churches cite Biblical sources from Leviticus , which reads: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. After repentance, the person is declared forgiven by the church. In July , the General Assembly of the Disciples of Christ issued a "Sense of the Assembly" resolution GA "Becoming a People of Grace and Welcome to All" that in part acknowledges that people within society and within the church have been "devalued and discriminated against Local Disciples of Christ congregations have also performed same-sex marriages such as the First Christian Church of Davenport , [32] although the General Assembly has no official policy on same-sex marriages.

The Christian Reformed Church in North America has maintained the stance since the s that homosexuality is the direct result of a "broken," sinful world, but that the Church should offer a compassionate community for Christian homosexuals. Celibate and repentant gays and lesbians should not be denied any right granted to heterosexuals.

They have the right to maintain office and be an active member in a congregation , as their gifts can still be used to glorify God. The Church must provide support for homosexuals to find "healing and wholeness" in their "broken sexuality".

Although the First Christian Reformed Church of Toronto also the first CRC congregation to call a woman minister voted to allow gays and lesbians in committed partnerships as elders and deacons, this decision was later rescinded in the face of pressure from Classis Toronto regional gathering of churches. The Orthodox Church holds the opinion that sexuality, as we understand it, is part of the fallen world only.

In Orthodox theology both monasticism and marriage are paths to Salvation sotiria in Greek; literally meaning, "becoming whole".

Celibacy is the ideal path of exclusive concern for the Kingdom of God , exemplified in monasticism , while marriage is a reflection of the Messianic covenant and blessed under the context of true unitive love "Man must love his wife as Jesus loved his Church": this phrase is part of the Orthodox marriage rite with openness to procreation "bearing fruit".

This context can be interpreted by the non-Orthodox as not being exclusive of homosexuality; whereas it is seen as exclusive of homosexuality by all Orthodox Christians. Traditionally, the Christian East has maintained a comparatively non-legalistic view of sin see above , in which homosexuality is spiritually disordered. Although some members of the Church may have assumed an active role in encouraging negative social stereotypes against unrepentant homosexuals, they misrepresent the stance of the Orthodox Church, which does not promote judgment of people but judgment of actions.

However, several prominent members of the clergy [ who? All jurisdictions, such as the Orthodox Church in America , have taken the approach of welcoming people with "homosexual feelings and emotions," while encouraging them to work towards "overcoming its harmful effects in their lives," while not extending the holy mysteries sacraments to people who seek to justify homosexual activity. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, the highest Orthodox Christian representative body in the Americas, reaffirmed in a statement in September that "the Orthodox Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality, firmly grounded in Holy Scripture, two millennia of Church Tradition, and Canon Law, holds that the sacrament of marriage consists in the union of a man and a woman, and that authentic marriage reflects the sacred unity that exists between Christ and His Bride, the Church".

In the group Axios was founded in Los Angeles to affirm and advocate for sexual minorities within the Orthodox Church, and has since started several other chapters in the United States , Canada , and Australia. Jehovah's Witnesses consider same-sex sexual activity to be sinful, but recognize that some people may be prone to homosexuality, including members of their congregation.

Members are required to abstain from any homosexual behavior, which is listed as a serious sin, but are told not to hate homosexual individuals. Their literature has stated that Christians should not make homosexuals the target of ridicule or harassment. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church makes it clear that experiencing feelings of same-sex attraction [41] is neither a choice, [42] a sin, nor the fault of the individual [43] and that celibate LGBT members can have a good standing in the Church.

Leaders of the LDS Church have encouraged all to reach out to LGB persons with love and understanding, which has sparked some criticism and a small protest from some more conservative churches. This policy brought criticism to the LDS faith. The Community of Christ officially decided to extend the sacrament of marriage to same-sex couples where gay marriage is legal, to provide covenant commitment ceremonies where it is not legal, and to allow the ordination of people in same-sex relationships to the priesthood.

However, this is only in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The church does have a presence in countries where homosexuality is punishable by law, even death, so for the protection of the members in those nations, full inclusion of LGBT individuals is limited to the countries where this is not the case.

Individual viewpoints do vary, and some congregations may be more welcoming than others. Furthermore, the church has proponents for support of both traditional marriage and same-sex marriages. During the national meeting in , [63] delegates voted against a measure that would have allowed non-celibate gay ordination and the blessing of same-sex unions by against to in favor.

In , Lionel Ketola became the first person in a same-sex marriage to be appointed vicar intern of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada congregation. This occurred at [66] Newmarket, Ontario.

The national church, which had previously rejected such a proposal, proceeded to assert that it alone had the authority to make such a decision. The National Church Council agreed in a September ruling, but promised to bring forward another motion authorizing the local option for approval at the National Convention.

Most Lutheran and united state churches in Germany , Lutheranism's country of origin, are liberal, viewing homosexuality as moral and allow gay and lesbian clergy. Most of the Lutheran and united churches in Germany are blessing same-sex unions. In general, some churches of the Evangelical Church in Germany in the more rural parishes are against blessing same-sex unions, while most other churches do allow them.

In the Church of Sweden allowed blessings of same-sex unions, and in allowed same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy.

In , Eva Brunne became the first lesbian woman to be elected as a bishop, in the Diocese of Stockholm. The Church of Iceland allows same-sex marriages. The Lutheran Church of Norway was divided, with 6 of 11 bishops accepting homosexual practice as moral, even though the church officially rejects it. But in the Church of Norway allowed the blessing of same-sex unions. Since , the Church of Denmark has allowed same-sex marriages.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is divided on the issue and does not approve of same-sex marriages, though many bishops have expressed their acceptance for homosexual unions. As of October , the Church of Finland allows, but does not oblige its clergy to pray for same-sex couples. The Lutheran Church of Australia and Lutheran Church of New Zealand, which are both closely tied, reject same-sex unions, and affirm that homosexual acts are immoral.

No Mennonite Churches in North or South America have officially endorsed same-sex marriage , but some have taken steps towards this practice. In the Netherlands, same-sex marriages can be both ordained and conducted by the Mennonite Church since This is coordinated through the Brethren Mennonite Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests with over 70 participating congregations.

In contrast, some Mennonite pastors who performed same-sex unions have had their credentials revoked by their conference [79] and some within the Mennonite Church USA have had their credentials reviewed without any disciplinary actions taken. It must be noted that a vast majority of conservative Mennonite churches which practice conservative values such as head coverings and modest dress completely forbid homosexual marriage.

In these churches and also in their conferences, homosexuality is seen as sinful. Homosexual marriage is seen as a sin and against the Biblical teaching of a marriage between one man and one woman. The Methodist Church of Great Britain Within the Methodist Church of Great Britain, people have many views about human relationships, sexuality and the nature and purpose of marriage.

In , the Methodist Conference passed six resolutions on human sexuality see below , including a Resolution 6 which. Furthermore, it called on the Methodist people to begin a pilgrimage of faith to combat repression and discrimination, to work for justice and human rights and to give dignity and worth to people whatever their sexual orientation.

In passing these resolutions, the Methodist Conference made its opposition to homophobia known. In the Methodist Conference reaffirmed the current Methodist Standing Orders which state the belief, "that marriage is a gift of God and that it is God's intention that a marriage should be a life-long union in body, mind and spirit of one man and one woman.

The Conference in confirmed that there was no reason why Methodists may not enter legally formed same sex marriage e. At that time, and to date June , this did not change the definition that the Methodist Church uses to define the intention of marriage. However, in the Methodist Conference set up a working group to update its Statement canons of the church on Marriage and Relationships, including consideration of revising the definition of marriage, including consideration of same sex marriage.

The task group will report to the Conference in , and again no later than In , the Conference clarified that, whilst there is no formal Methodist liturgy or Methodist resources for the blessing of civil partnerships or same-sex marriage, appropriate pastoral responses may be given to same-sex couples who are entering civil partnership or legal same sex-marriages.

In other words, prayers of thanksgiving or celebration may be said, and there may be informal services of thanksgiving or celebration. The Methodist Church of Great Britain has issued the following definition of Homophobia, which is supported by supplementary guidance. Homophobia is any statement, policy or action which denies the image of God in another person due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation; which is, treating someone in a discriminatory manner because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

Homophobic attitudes, words, and behaviours are inconsistent with the nature of Christian conduct and a violation of the worth and dignity of all people. Homophobia can be experienced in a number of ways, including:.

At the annual Methodist Conference in in Derby, following long debate at all levels of the Church's life on the basis of a detailed report, the Methodist Church considered the issues of human sexuality. At the end of the debate, the Conference passed in the same session a series of resolutions known as 'The Resolutions'. These resolutions are as follows:. The Conference, affirming the joy of human sexuality as God's gift and the place of every human being within the grace of God, recognises the responsibility that flows from this for us all.

It therefore welcomes the serious, prayerful and sometimes costly consideration given to this issue by The Methodist Church. All practices of sexuality, which are promiscuous, exploitative or demeaning in any way are unacceptable forms of behaviour and contradict God's purpose for us all.

The Conference directs that this affirmation is made clear to all candidates for ministry, office and membership, and having established this, affirm that the existing procedures of our church are adequate to deal with all such cases. The Conference resolves that its decision in this debate shall not be used to form the basis of a disciplinary charge against any person in relation to conduct alleged to have taken place before such decisions were made. Conference recognises, affirms and celebrates the participation and ministry of lesbians and gay men in the church.

Conference calls on the Methodist people to begin a pilgrimage of faith to combat repression and discrimination, to work for justice and human rights and to give dignity and worth to people whatever their sexuality. On May 7, the Bishops in the United Methodist Church, a denomination long divided on questions of LGBT equality, have proposed allowing individual pastors and regional church bodies to decide whether to ordain LGBT clergy and perform same-sex weddings. On the basis of membership, all persons are eligible to "attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, upon baptism be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection".

Thus self-identifying homosexuals are not "to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church". Although UMC does not want the funds to be used to condemn any such organizations either.

UMC Bishops are elected for life. History: Since , the United Methodist Church , as its official position on homosexuality , has maintained the Book of Discipline and has declared "homosexual practice" to be "incompatible with Christian teaching. Currently the Book of Discipline prohibits the ordination of "practicing, self-avowed homosexuals ," forbids clergy from blessing or presiding over same-sex unions, forbids the use of UMC facilities for same-sex union ceremonies and prohibits the use of Church funds for "gay caucuses", or other groups that "promote the acceptance of homosexuality.

Despite this language, members of the Church are not of one mind on this issue. Preceding the incompatibility clause, the Book of Discipline clearly states that "homosexual persons, no less than heterosexual persons, are individuals of sacred worth.

The Book of Discipline affirms that all persons, both heterosexual and homosexual, are included in the ministry of the church and can receive the gift of God's grace. While the Book of Discipline supports the civil rights of homosexual persons, and rejects the abuse of homosexuals by families and churches, it also calls for laws defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Failed efforts have been made to pass resolutions to "fully include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the life of the Church" [89] at General Conferences since the introduction of the incompatibility clause in ; delegates from annual conferences in the Northeast and on the West Coast typically vote to do so, but are outnumbered by those from Southeast and Africa.

Some of these issues have come before the Judicial Council. On 31 October , the Council undertook two measures on this topic. Firstly, the Council upheld the revocation of Irene Elizabeth Stroud 's clergy status for disclosing she is openly lesbian. The council also rendered a decision allowing a Virginia pastor to deny church membership to a gay man. The latter decision appeared to UMC LGBT proponents to contradict both the Constitution and membership policies of the United Methodist Church which stipulate that membership shall be open to all persons "without regard to race, color, national origin, status or economic condition.

Decision created vigorous debate on the level of autonomy individual pastors and congregations have in interpreting and applying Church doctrine.

In July , the Uniting Church in Australia voted by national Assembly to approve the creation of official marriage rites for same-sex couples. The Metropolitan Community Church is an international fellowship of Christian congregations. It is considered by many to be a full mainline denomination or communion. There are currently congregations in 22 countries, and the Fellowship has a specific outreach to lesbian , gay , bisexual and transgender communities.

Acceptance of homosexuality is an important part of its theology and the church has performed same sex marriage ceremonies since The Metropolitan Community Church was instrumental in the first legal challenges to the heterosexual legal definition of marriage in Ontario see Same-sex marriage in Ontario.

Two couples used an old legal procedure called reading the banns to marry without a licence. When same-sex marriage was legalized in Ontario, their marriages were recognized. The Moravian Church declared in that gays and lesbians were full members of the Christian community. In , the Northern Provincial Synod placed a moratorium for the time being on further decisions about homosexuality.

During the Northern Province Synod, they voted to permit the ordination of gay and lesbian individuals and create a ritual for solemnizing gay relationships in North America. The New Apostolic Church does not approve of homosexual acts:. On the grounds of Biblical tenets and Christian tradition, the New Apostolic Church does not approve of practised homosexuality. It is solely for God to determine whether, and to what extent, a person who is absolutely confirmed in his or her homosexual disposition acquires guilt before God through the practice of his or her homosexuality.

In this regard, it should be expressly stated that sexual disposition has no relevance in the pastoral care of our brothers and sisters. Brothers and sisters who are practicing homosexuals, or living in a homosexual partnership, cannot carry out ministerial and teaching duties in our Church. Most churches that are within the Pentecostal Movement view homosexual behavior as a sin.

The second largest Pentecostal Church in the USA, the Assemblies of God , makes its view clear on homosexuality in a position paper stating: "It should be noted at the outset that there is absolutely no affirmation of homosexual behavior found anywhere in Scripture.

Rather, the consistent sexual ideal is chastity for those outside a monogamous heterosexual marriage and fidelity for those inside such a marriage. There is also abundant evidence that homosexual behavior, along with illicit heterosexual behavior, is immoral and comes under the judgment of God.

The Church of God Cleveland, Tennessee similarly condemns homosexuality. Politically, there are likely to support politicians with the same viewpoints. Assemblies of God churches insist that those who engage in homosexual activity should cease such behavior, as with any sin.

There are, however, a growing number of LGBT affirming Pentecostal churches, both denominations and independent churches. The Presbyterian Church USA is currently the only Presbyterian Denomination in the United States that allows same-sex marriage, and ordains openly LGBT members in committed relationships as teaching elders clergy , and ruling elders elders elected to serve on the Session.

On Marriage: In , the Presbyterian Church USA voted to change its definition of marriage, allowing its pastors to officiate same-sex marriages wherever gay marriage is legal. In addition, By a vote of , leaders of the 1. On Ordination: The PC USA approved the ordination of non-celibate gays on 8 July , when, by a vote of to , the General Assembly voted to propose to the presbyteries a constitutional amendment to remove the restriction against the ordination of partnered homosexuals.

This action required ratification by a majority of the presbyteries within 12 months for the proposed amendment to take effect. Until this vote, denominational policy prohibited non-celibate same-sex relations as well as non-celibate heterosexual relations outside of marriage for those serving as ministers or as elders on key church boards. After rancorous debate, that policy was upheld in a vote of presbyteries in , but overruled in The denomination commissioned a study on the "peace, unity, and purity" of the church which found that homosexuality was not, in and of itself, a stumbling block to ordination.

The report also suggested that Presbyteries and local governing bodies be the place where case-by-case decisions be made on the "readiness" of homosexual candidates for ministry.

In the General Assembly sent to the presbyteries a vote to remove the wording from the constitution of the denomination that is seen as barring homosexuals from ordination G The General Assembly also removed all precedent-setting cases and "authoritative interpretations" concerning homosexuality since which were seen by full-inclusion advocates as being stumbling blocks to ordination of homosexual individuals.

Other, smaller American Presbyterian bodies, such as the Presbyterian Church in America , [] the Evangelical Presbyterian Church , [] the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church , [] the Orthodox Presbyterian Church , [] and the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches [] condemn same-sex sexual behavior as incompatible with Biblical morality, but believe gays and lesbians can repent and abandon the lifestyle. In its General Assembly declared "Homosexual acts are sinful.

Many Presbyterians in New Zealand are active in the Association for Reconciling Christians and Congregations, [] an ecumenical group that supports the full inclusion and participation of all people in the Church, including gay and lesbian persons.

In America, More Light Presbyterians , a coalition of gay-inclusive congregations, was founded in Today the organization has member churches, while many more informally endorse its mission to more fully welcome people of all sexualities into the life of the church. Quakers in many countries, such as Australia , Canada , New Zealand and the United Kingdom , are supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, seeing this as necessary aspect of the Equality Testimony and part of historical Quaker activism against injustice and oppression.

Quakers in these countries have become active in the fight for equality of marriage for same-sex couples, and perform same-sex commitment or marriage ceremonies as part of Quaker business.

The Evangelical Friends Church International and the more conservative members of Friends United Meeting consider homosexuality to be sinful; but other Friends, such as those in the Friends General Conference and the more progressive individuals and Monthly Meetings or Churches within Friends United Meeting , strongly support equal ecclesiastical rights for gay and lesbian persons and welcome their full participation as members.

Paul and Minneapolis announced they would stop signing certificates for opposite-sex marriages until same-sex marriages were fully legalized. Conservative Friends have differing theological stances on homosexuality. Ohio Yearly Meeting of Conservative Friends defines marriage as between one man and one woman; it does not sanction same-sex unions, or accept sexual relationships outside of marriage.

Homosexuality is considered in the Roman Catholic Church teaching under two distinct aspects. Homosexuality as an orientation is not considered sinful, though is referred to, in highly technical language, as an "objective disorder" as it is seen as "ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil". The Church recognizes that homosexuality is an innate condition in most cases, not a choice, and therefore cannot be considered a sin.

Homosexual sexual activity, however, is seen as a "moral disorder" and "homosexual acts" as "contrary to the natural law". The same acts would be considered equally 'contrary to the natural law' if performed by heterosexual couples. They do not proceed from a genuine effective and sexual complementary.

All sin creates a dis-ordering of the direction and proper ordering of nature. The Roman Catholic Church believes that marriage is only between one man and one woman, and opposes same-sex marriage at both the religious and civil levels. The Church also holds that same-sex unions are an unfavorable environment for children and that the legalization of such unions damages society. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church "Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices.

The largest Swedenborgian denomination in North America, the General Church of the New Jerusalem , does not ordain gay and lesbian ministers, but the oldest denomination, the Swedenborgian Church of North America , does. Ministers in Swedenborgian Church of North America may determine individually whether or not they will marry same-sex couples. Ministers of the General Church of the New Jerusalem are not permitted to marry or bless any same-sex couples.

Personal opinions vary, but respecting others and not condemning anyone is an important facet of the Lord's New Church: "Human freedom is necessary if men are to be led in freedom according to reason by the Lord into the life in the Lord which is freedom itself. The United Church of Canada , the largest Protestant denomination in Canada , affirms that gay and lesbian persons are welcome in the church and the ministry. The resolution "A That all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, who profess Jesus Christ and obedience to Him, are welcome to be or become full member of the Church.

B All members of the Church are eligible to be considered for the Ordered Ministry. This was not done, however, without intense debate over what was termed "the issue"; some congregations chose to leave the church rather than support the resolution.

In August , the governing body of the church, General Council - which gathers trianually to determine the leadership and direction of the church - selected Rev. Gary Paterson to be its moderator. He is believed to be the first openly gay leader of any mainline Christian denomination anywhere in the world. The church campaigned starting in to have the federal government add sexual orientation to federal non-discrimination laws, which was accomplished in The polity of the United Church of Christ UCC which was formed by the General Council of Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church is such that the views of one setting of the church cannot be unwillingly 'forced' on the Local Church , whether between congregations or between the upper levels of the church and individual congregations.

Thus, views on many controversial matters can and do vary among congregations. David Roozen, director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research who has studied the United Church of Christ, said surveys show the national church's pronouncements are often more liberal than the views in the pews but that its governing structure is set up to allow such disagreements.

The United Church of Christ General Synod in passed a resolution entitled "Calling on United Church of Christ Congregations to Declare Themselves Open and Affirming " [] saying that "the Fifteenth General Synod of the United Church of Christ encourages a policy of non-discrimination in employment, volunteer service and membership policies with regard to sexual orientation; encourages associations, Conferences and all related organizations to adopt a similar policy; and encourages the congregations of the United Church of Christ to adopt a non-discrimination policy and a Covenant of Openness and Affirmation of persons of lesbian, gay and bisexual orientation within the community of faith".

General Synod XIV in officially added transgender persons to this declaration of full inclusion in the life and leadership of the Church.

In July , the 25th General Synod [] encouraged congregations to affirm "equal marriage rights for all", and to consider "wedding policies that do not discriminate based on the gender of the couple.

By the nature of United Church of Christ polity, General Synod resolutions officially speak "to, but not for" the other settings of the denomination local congregations, associations, conferences, and the national offices.

This Synod also expressed respect for those bodies within the church that disagree and called for all members "to engage in serious, respectful, and prayerful discussion of the covenantal relationship of marriage and equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender. Some associations permit ordination of non-celibate gay clergy and some clergy and congregations are willing to perform or allow same-sex marriages or union services.

The Biblical Witness Fellowship , a notable conservative renewal organization within the UCC, formed in the s in response to general synods opinions on the sexuality issue and has argued that there "has been a deliberate and forceful attempt within the mainline church to overthrow Biblical revelation [about] The Uniting Church in Australia allows for the membership and ordination of gay and lesbian people.

On 17 July it clarified its position when the national Assembly meeting stated that people had interpreted the scriptures with integrity in coming to the view that a partnered gay or lesbian person in a committed same sex relationship could be ordained as a minister. It also stated that people who had come to the opposite view had also interpreted the scriptures with integrity.

When Presbyteries regional councils select candidates for ministry they may use either of these positions, however they cannot formally adopt either position as policy, but must take each person on a case by case basis.

By explicitly stating the two positions, this decision fleshes out a Assembly Standing Committee decision which did not ban people with a homosexual orientation from membership.

After emotional debate, the Assembly did not reach a decision, and the Assembly decided not to discuss homosexuality. In August , the blessing of same-sex marriages is allowed in Swiss Reformed Church. The statement "affirms marriage as a covenantal union between a man and a woman" and states "that outside of the boundaries of marriage, the Bible calls for abstinence. The following table summarizes various denominational practices concerning members who are currently in a homosexual relationship.

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