In August 2009, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly stated, “that in the implementation of any resolutions on ministry policies, the ELCA commit itself to bear one another’s burdens, love the neighbor, and respect the bound
consciences of all.”
So what is this “bound conscience”?
The definitions I work with are as follow:
Bound Conscience is our willingness to recognize, honor, and respect that Scripture is understood differently by different readers.
Bound Conscience recognizes that people of faith find different aspects of Scripture to be foundational.
Bound Conscience acknowledges that Scripture retains authority for those who draw differing conclusions about what Scripture says.
Each of these are important. Each will be fleshed out in later posts.
Challenges from those opposing Bound Conscience
Bound Conscience and the current controversy
On a Personal Note