About the Movement

This movement was started by seminarians at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago who responded to a presentation by Iren Raye critiquing the sexual and relational theology in Vision & Expectations. This group of students formed the Coalition for Gender & Sexual Justice, and wrote the following statement on the ELCA’s policies and theology regarding sexuality and relationality.

Read our statement summary to get an idea of what our movement stands for, and read our full statement to dive deeper into our theological positions:

Statement Summary         Statement Full

We are now reaching out to leaders and congregants across the ELCA to see who else is being negatively affected by the current sexual theology and policies. Want to get involved? Read and sign our statement summary if you want to be part of the movement for justice!

More resources

Iren Raye’s initial presentation on Reading Vision & Expectations with Marcella Althaus-Reid and the written version of this presentation.

Raye uses Althaus-Reid’s sexual-political feminist theology of liberation to critique the ELCA’s theology of relationality. Main argument: The Western Christian church’s theology of relationality is built on hegemonic, patriarchal, heteronormative cultural premises of sexuality and marriage. We need to reconstruct a theology of relationality based on the transformative relationality modeled by the God-person of Jesus Christ, and the transformative relationality experienced as a baptized member of the Body of Christ.

Subject to Discipline: Authority, Sexuality, and the Production of Candidates for Ordained Ministry, Christian Batalden Scharen, J Am Acad Relig (1998) 66 (2): 313-344; Posted with permission of the author.

In this article, Sharen shows “how a certain interpretation of a view of marriage has been used as a norm for the construction and maintenance of an efficient system of disciplinary and exclusionary practices on which ecclesiastical authority and order is constructed.” (p.10-11)

Chronological Timeline of Developments within the ELCA (through 2006)

The development of sexuality statements and policies in the ELCA and its predecessor bodies through 2006.