The Rainbow Sash Movement is calling on the Minnesota Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (MELCA) Bishops not to meet with the Catholic Bishops of Minnesota this week, as they have for nearly 35 years, and if they do to condemn the sin of homophobia. The MELCA Bishops represent 1,145 congregations and more than 800,000 ELCA members in Minnesota.
As Gay/Lesbian Catholics we recognize that the Minnesota’s Catholic Bishops under the leadership of John Nienstedt, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul is promoting homophobia within the Archdiocese. While this ecumenical gathering claims to have common ground as its purpose; we are not so naïve to believe that such a meeting could not be used in the public square as being supportive of the Catholic Bishops war on Gay Marriage.
We are calling on the Evangelical Bishops to condemn the public aspirations of the Catholic Bishops to promote homophobia as an acceptable behavior when it comes to the legitimate aspirations of GLBT people seeking equality in the state of Minnesota. Not to do so might be seen as a sign of subliminal agreement and support for the Catholic Bishops opposition to Gay Marriage.
Should this meeting take place the Rainbow Sash Movement is than calling on Bishops of the six Minnesota synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to publically condemn the sin of Homophobia in direct Theological language. To do anything less would be tantamount to remaining silent in the face of violence that is directed at the GLBT Community, and in particular concerning the high LGBT teen suicide rates among our young.
In our opinion, It would also draw into question MELCA support of diversity within the larger body of Christianity, and their recent statement “to advocate for the common good of all people in the state,” issued by the ELCA Saint Paul Area Synod.
The Rainbow Sash Movement is calling on all of the participants at this meeting to enter into a “Call to prayer , Conversion and Action around Issues of Sexuality”
To join the Rainbow Sash Movements efforts to oppose the Minnesota Catholic Bishops War on Gay People please contact us at our email address SashMovement@aol.com.