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Adventistkirken skal tage stilling til kvindelig ordination næste sommer

15.10.14 – af Edwin Manuel Garcia/ANN (dm)

Til generalforsamling i juli måned 2015, kan Syvende Dags Adventistkirken vedtage en historisk beslutning der vil tillade kvinder at blive ordineret.

Beslutningen om at godkende at emnet bliver stemt om til generalkonferencen, blev i går taget under et møde ved 2014 Annual Council (Adventistkirkens årlige bestyrelsesmøde). Afstemningen kan ende – eller forlænge – en årtier gammel debat, der har truet med at splitte trosamfundet.

Efter en lang dag med drøftelser, stemte 243 for og 44 imod, om at spørgsmål om at de enkelte divisioner kan tillade kvinder at blive ordineret, skulle på agendaen til generalkonferencen til sommer. Hvis forslaget bliver vedtaget til sommer, bliver der altså ikke tale om at alle kirkens divisioner åbner op for at kvinder kan blive ordineret, men at der er op til den enkelte division at afgøre dette spørgsmål lokalt.

Udtalelsen der blev stemt igennem kan læses herunder på engelsk:

"Whereas, The unity for which Jesus prayed is vitally important to the witness of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and;

"Whereas, The Seventh-day Adventist Church seeks to engage every member in its worldwide mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ among people from every nation, culture and ethnicity, and;

"Whereas, Various groups appointed by the General Conference and its divisions have carefully studied the Bible and Ellen G White writings with respect to the ordination of women and have not arrived at consensus as to whether ministerial ordination for women is unilaterally affirmed or denied, and;

"Whereas, The Seventh-day Adventist Church affirms that "God has ordained that the representatives of His Church from all parts of the earth, when assembled in a General Conference Session, shall have authority"

"Therefore, The General Conference Executive Committee requests delegates in their sacred responsibility to God at the 2015 General Conference Session to respond to the following question:

"After your prayerful study on ordination from the Bible, the writings of Ellen G White, and the reports of the study commissions, and;

"After your careful consideration of what is best for the Church and the fulfillment of its mission,

"Is it acceptable for division executive committees, as they may deem it appropriate in their territories, to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry? Yes or No"[.]

En længere redegørelse fra debatten kan læses på engelsk news.adventist.org



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