Ordination. We're Listening.
For all of its history, our church has ordained men to the office of the public ministry. Conventions have voted on the ordination of women three times – in 2000, 2006 and 2015. According to the constitution, such a decision would need a two-thirds majority of those registered at Convention.
The 2015 Synod, however, did not let the matter rest there. In a subsequent resolution, delegates voted, by a large majority, that the theologians of the church be requested to develop a draft doctrinal statement that presents a theological basis for the ordination of both women and men, and why this need not be church-divisive.
Draft Doctrinal Statement
The draft doctrinal statement on ordination, together with a statement on why the ordination of women should not be a church-divisive issue, is being considered in church-wide consultations from March to September 2017. The consultation papers and schedule are available on the 'Ordination. We're Listening.' (OWL) website.