A Vision for the LCA
The documents here relate to two conferences organised in support of the ordination of women in 2012.
A Steering Committee was formed following the All Saints conference, which also works in conjunction with St Stephen’s Lutheran Church Adelaide. A commitment was made to facilitate further conversation and dialogue on women’s ordination and to act as a catalyst to promote and progress the introduction of women’s ordination in the LCA. It was agreed we would work within the existing structures of the LCA, that is, the College of Presidents, General Church Council and Lutheran Education Australia to ensure open and transparent dialogue on this matter. We have used information which was publicly available in the 2012 and 2013 Lutheran Church of Australia Year Books as a means of communicating throughout the LCA, fostering and inviting dialogue from all perspectives in preparation for our 2013 Synod.
Our first task was to communicate our point of view in support of the ordination of women with all serving pastors and retired pastors.
Congregations play a very significant role in the life of the LCA. We believe that discussion and dialogue about the ordination of women is not limited to theological commissions, pastors’ conferences and specially appointed committees. Every member of the priesthood of believers has a right to have their voice heard without fear of recrimination or censure.
St Peter's Congregation Synod Resolutions
St Peter's congregation has agreed to broadcast their four Synod resolutions to all pastors, pastors emeriti and congregations.
An Open Letter Regarding Women in Ministry
Neal Nuske has written a thought provoking Open Letter to the Presidents of the LCA, the GCC and the CTICR. The letter develops the view that the work of the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament is neither conditional upon, nor limited by, nor made effectual by, nor validated by the gender of a pastor.