Church and Society

Whereas, the church has satisfied the mandate of the 2010 Synod of the Moravian Church,
Northern Province, be it therefore RESOLVED (5) Individuals, regardless of sexual orientation and whether single, married, or in a covenanted relationship, who have satisfactorily met all the educational requirements, have completed the Ministerial Candidacy Review and Ordination
Review Process, and have been approved for ordination by the Provincial Elders’
Conference, are eligible for ordination upon receipt and acceptance of a call; and

Whereas, all clergy are expected to abide by the Standards of Responsible Behavior (as
cited in the Book of Order ¶202e2), which states that “Ordained ministers, while
single, are called to a life of celibacy (sexual abstinence); those who are married
are called to a life of sexual fidelity to their spouse.” In some locations, same-sex
marriage is legal and in others it is not; be it therefore

RESOLVED (6) The Book of Order ¶202e2 shall be amended to read “Ordained ministers, while
single, are called to a life of celibacy (sexual abstinence); those who are legally
married are called to a life of sexual fidelity to their spouse/partner; those who
cannot be legally married and who desire to make a lifelong commitment must be
in a covenanted relationship before God which requires continuuous loyalty of the
individuals toward each other and calls them to a life of sexual fidelity to their
partner;” and be it further

RESOLVED (7) The Provincial Elders’ Conference will create for use in the Moravian Church
Northern Province a rite for solemnizing a covenanted relationship, and will
continue to maintain records regarding the relationship status of its ordained
ministers; and

Whereas, the Book of Order 211 states, “It is a principle of the Moravian Church that a
pastor cannot be forced upon a congregation against its will. No minister can
become the pastor of a congregation without the consent of a two-thirds vote of the
entire membership of the Joint Board of Elders and Trustees or unified church
board,” be it therefore

RESOLVED (8) In the call process, District Presidents and/or those meeting with Joint Boards
will fully disclose the relationship status, as known and where appropriate, of those
being presented for call or appointment; and

Whereas, the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church, Northern Province, acknowledges that
Moravians of good faith hold widely differing opinions on the ordination and
pastoral service of gay and lesbian individuals, whether single, married, or in
covenanted relationships, be it therefore

RESOLVED (9) As the body of Christ, and as individual members of that body, we live within
the wide embrace of God’s love and grace and thus are empowered to allow space
for differing positions within the Moravian Church, Northern Province. As fellow
servants with the bishops,* we will strive to remain at the table around which we
are called to worship God and to pray for and encourage one another in Jesus’
name.

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