Ordination of both women and men
2015:0216 RESOLVED that Synod requests the CTICR to build on its earlier work regarding the ordination of women and men to develop a draft doctrinal statement for GPC and the 19th 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 ...
The draft papers were discussed by church members at consultations around Australia and New Zealand from March to September 2017. Subsequently the CTICR prepared two documents:
- A Theological Basis for the Ordination of Women and Men – Draft Doctrinal Statement
- That the Ordination Issue Need Not Be Church Divisive.
These two documents, together with two supplementary documents, are available on the General Convention website.
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 church on matters of theology and doctrine, and studies the theological implications of our relationships with other churches, at home and overseas.
It also sponsors our formal bilateral dialogues, currently with the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Uniting churches in Australia. At the request of the church the CTICR also studies current theological issues and trends, and provides advice to the church in the form of papers and statements.
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).
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