“Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” – Protecting children and youth in and for trusting relationships

IV. Sexuality and social structures that enhance social trust

Protecting children and youth in and for trusting relationships

A strong and healthy family is a significant factor in the development of healthy individuals. The context of a healthy family nurtures growth, enhances trust, and offers protection.
This is especially true for children and youth as they grow into sexual maturity.

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AIDS

AIDS

AIDS and the Church’s Ministry of Caring

This message was developed and brought by the Commission for Church in Society to the ELCA Church Council, where it was affirmed on November 13, 1988.

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Single Adults

Sexuality

Some Common Convictions

Single adults
Single adults vary widely in age and life circumstances. Some persons intentionally choose to remain single, which St. Paul commended as a Christian vocation (1 Cor. 7:8, 32-35). Others yearn to be married. For many adults, singleness is a temporary period prior to marriage. Still others become single again after having been married.

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Prevention of Unintended Pregnancies

From "Abortion"

This social teaching statement was adopted by a more than two-thirds majority vote at the second biennial Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, meeting in Orlando, Florida, August 28 – September 4, 1991.

V. Public Policy Issues Related to Abortion

A. Prevention of Unintended Pregnancies

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Abortion

This social teaching statement was adopted by a more than two-thirds majority vote at the second biennial Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, meeting in Orlando, Florida, August 28 – September 4, 1991.

IV. Guidance in Making Decisions Regarding Unintended Pregnancies

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“Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” – Lifelong monogamous same-gender relationships

Lifelong monogamous same-gender relationships

Within the last decades, this church has begun to understand and experience in new ways the need of same-gender-oriented individuals to seek relationships of lifelong companionship and commitment as well as public accountability and legal support for those commitments. At the same time, public debates and deliberations have continued regarding evolving understandings of human sexuality in medicine, social science, and corresponding public policy about same-gender relationships.

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