Ordination of both women and men
The CTICR has prepared a draft doctrinal statement for the next General Convention of Synod that presents:
- a theological basis for the ordination of women and men
- a theological basis for why the ordination of women and men need not be church-divisive.
This task was given to the CTICR by the 2015 General Convention of Synod. The papers are being discussed by church members at consultations around Australia and New Zealand from March to September 2017.
Visit the Ordination. We're Listening (OWL) website for more information.
Related papers prepared by CTICR
Introduction to summaries on 'Teaching of the ordination of men only' and 'Case for the ordination of women' in preparation for 2006 Convention of Synod
(1) Teaching of the ordination of men only (2006 Convention of Synod)
(2) Case for the ordination of women (2006 Convention of Synod)
Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations
The Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations (CTICR) advises the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) in matters of theology and in relationships with other Lutheran churches worldwide and churches of other denominations within Australia. The Commission studies topical theological issues, with a view to giving its considered advice, in the form of agreed statements, to the presidents, the General Church Council, the pastors conferences and the broad membership of the LCA.
Through its ecumenical dialogues, it has an ongoing program of theological discussion with the major church bodies in Australia, it hears reports from the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and the NCCA's theological body, the Faith and Unity Commission, and it monitors developments within Lutheran World Federation and the International Lutheran Council.
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Doctrinal Statements and Theological Opinions
Over the years the CTICR has produced Doctrinal Statements and Theological Opinions (DSTOs) and other resources on behalf of the LCA. The DSTOs are listed below (click on the accordion links). Some are available for download here (in PDF format).
Volume 3 is online only; there is no print version.