Magazine article Anglican Journal

ELCIC Overrules Synod on Blessings Issue: Congregations Must Abide by 2005 Ruling

Magazine article Anglican Journal

ELCIC Overrules Synod on Blessings Issue: Congregations Must Abide by 2005 Ruling

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The National Church Council (NCC) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has told its Eastern Synod that it cannot allow individual congregations to decide whether same-sex unions may be blessed in their parishes.

The Eastern Synod went "beyond its constitutional authority" when it voted July 6 to allow the so-called "local option" on same-sex blessings, said the NCC in a statement issued Sept. 19.

Michael Pryse, bishop of the Eastern Synod (which includes an area from Ontario to the Maritimes) said he has asked the Eastern Synod Council, which meets in mid-November, to "reflect on the ruling and to determine an appropriate response." The synod can either accept the NCC's ruling or file an appeal with the church's court of adjudication, he said in an interview. (ELCIC national bishop Raymond Schultz earlier explained that the court of adjudication is "an appeal court that hears questions of appropriate due process or lack thereof.")

"The council did a very fine job. …

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