Whether to adopt statements on homosexuality in two denominations: A research note

Title:
Whether to adopt statements on homosexuality in two denominations: A research note
Authors:
Djupe, Paul A.; Gilbert, Christopher P.; Olson, Laura R.
Citation:
Djupe, Paul A., Laura R. Olson, and Christopher P. Gilbert. (2006). “Whether to Adopt Statements on Homosexuality in Two Denominations.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45(4): 609-621.
Publisher:
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
DATE ISSUED:
Dec-2006
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/2374.DEN/5046; http://hdl.handle.net/2374
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
Description:
Some of the most contentious issues in American religion today concern homosexuality. In 1998, we asked 2,300 clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church whether their denomination should adopt official statements on homosexuality. A year later, we asked the same question of 1,600 church members in 60 of those clergy's congregations. In this research note, we analyze the attitudes of clergy and church members about beginning the process to compose formal denominational statements on homosexuality. We find great differences between the two denominations, reflecting established conflict in the Episcopal Church and a lack thereof in the ELCA. The attitudes of both clergy and church members, shaped by denominational context, reflect their general attitudes toward gay rights and the public involvement of the denomination. Clergy exhibit particular concern about how a denominational statement might affect their own congregation, and church members take significant cues from their clergy.
ISSN:
00218294
Appears in Collections:
Faculty Publications

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dc.contributor.authorDjupe, Paul A.en
dc.contributor.authorGilbert, Christopher P.en
dc.contributor.authorOlson, Laura R.en
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-02T19:20:56Zen
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-18T21:08:09Z-
dc.date.available2013-01-02T19:20:56Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-18T21:08:09Z-
dc.date.created2006-12en
dc.date.issued2006-12en
dc.identifier.citationDjupe, Paul A., Laura R. Olson, and Christopher P. Gilbert. (2006). “Whether to Adopt Statements on Homosexuality in Two Denominations.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45(4): 609-621.en_US
dc.identifier.issn00218294en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2374.DEN/5046en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2374-
dc.descriptionSome of the most contentious issues in American religion today concern homosexuality. In 1998, we asked 2,300 clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church whether their denomination should adopt official statements on homosexuality. A year later, we asked the same question of 1,600 church members in 60 of those clergy's congregations. In this research note, we analyze the attitudes of clergy and church members about beginning the process to compose formal denominational statements on homosexuality. We find great differences between the two denominations, reflecting established conflict in the Episcopal Church and a lack thereof in the ELCA. The attitudes of both clergy and church members, shaped by denominational context, reflect their general attitudes toward gay rights and the public involvement of the denomination. Clergy exhibit particular concern about how a denominational statement might affect their own congregation, and church members take significant cues from their clergy.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherJournal for the Scientific Study of Religionen_US
dc.relation.ispartofFaculty Publicationsen_US
dc.titleWhether to adopt statements on homosexuality in two denominations: A research noteen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.institutionDenison Universityen_US
dc.date.digitized2013-01-02en
dc.contributor.repositoryDenison Resource Commonsen_US
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