In 2012, General Synod voted: While compassion, patience, and loving support should be shown to all those who struggle with same-sex desires, the General Synod reaffirms our official position that homosexual behavior is a sin according to the Holy Scriptures, therefore any person, congregation, or assembly which advocates homosexual behavior or provides leadership for a […]
2004 General Synod Report of the Advisory Committee on Worship and Theology: Overture on Definition of Marriage
The Classis of the Canadian Prairies overtures
the General Synod to “affirm that marriage is
properly defined as the union of one man and
one woman, to the exclusion of all others.”
1. This is the time-honoured biblical mandate
ordained by God in creation (Genesis 2: 2
and blessed by Jesus in Cana of Galilee (John
2: 1-11; cf. Matthew 19: 5).
2. The legal and cultural landscape in Canada
demands a clear mandate for the church in
the face of recent changes to this definition.
1995 General Synod Report of the Commission on Theology, Materials for the Study and Discussion of Homosexuality: A Prospectus
The Commission on Theology received an
unusual mandate from the 1990 General Synod.
The 1990 General Synod voted:
To adopt as the position of the Reformed
Church in America that the practicing
homosexual lifestyle is contrary to
Scripture, while at the same time encouraging
love and sensitivity towards such persons
as fellow human beings (MGS 1990, R-
11, p. 461).
To adopt as the position of the Reformed Church in America that the practicing homosexual lifestyle is contrary to scripture, while at the same time encouraging love and sensitivity towards such persons as fellow human beings. (ADOTPED)
To instruct the Commission on Theology to conduct a new study on homosexuality and submit a report to the 1992 General Synod. (ADOPTED)
In its 1978 report to the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, its Theological Commission presented a study document entitled "Homosexuality: A Biblical and Theological Appraisal." That document serves as the theological context for this paper. The commission sets forth in this study the responsibility of the church to the homosexual who turns to it for help.
1978 General Synod Report of the Commission on Theology, Homosexuality: A Biblical and Theological Appraisal
REFERRALS FROM PREVIOUS SYNODS
MGS 2005, R-94, p. 372
To immediately begin an honest and intentional denomination-wide dialogue on homosexuality;
and further, to instruct the General Synod Council (GSC) to hire a facilitator to
begin work no later than January 2006 and to continue for up to three and a half years in
order to give direction to the dialogue; and further, to direct the GSC to provide an annual
report to the General Synod, with a final report not later than General Synod 2009.
In 1978, the General Synod voted to make a paper presented by the Commission on Theology available to RCA congregations. The paper stated that:
General Synod Statement on Abortion, Minutes of the General Synod
“To request that regional synods and classes‘develop regional and local strategies for sexuality education’.”