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:
by Fr. George Morelli
An Orthodox Theology of Sexuality
For Orthodox Christians, no discussion of sex whether it is autoerotic, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or the current polyamorous sex, can be divorced from an Orthodox theology of sexuality. All sexuality and sexual behavior is based on divine love; a love that is beyond any human feeling, empathy, or ethical standard, and even approaches the essence of God Himself. St John tells us "… for love is of God … God is love" (1 John 4:7-8).
by Archpriest Joseph F Purpura
Taken from his book: Moral and Ethical Issues: Confronting Orthodox Youth Across North America
by Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
The stories of two prominent same-sex couples in the Scriptures provide gay men and lesbians with Biblical models of committed love in stressful circumstances.
Ruth and Naomi
Our Story Too…Reading the Bible with “New Eyes” Part II: The GLBT Family in the Bible…Founding and Following the Work of Jesus
by Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Foundations – God Blesses the "Barren Ones"