American Baptist Churches in the USA and homosexuality
Resolutions, statements, & actions
about homosexuality: 1987 to 1994
Resolutions, statements & actions:
||1987-JUN: "Homosexuality" a Statement of Concern was rejected
at the ABCUSA's Biennial Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA by a close vote of 408 to
471 with 71 abstentions. The document said that: "Scriptures
repeatedly depict homosexuality as a social and moral evil." It
called for for ministry "to those even within the church who are
struggling with homosexual impulses." It concluded that "the
unrepentant homosexual has no claim to full acceptance in the Christian
community." Their statement does not differentiate between persons with
a homosexual orientation who are sexually active and those who are celibate.
||1989-JUN: The General Board unanimously affirmed a
"Resolution against Manifestations of Prejudice." It indicated:
opposition to manifestations of prejudices against persons because of
their ethnic origin or race and persons because of their religion or
sexual orientation regardless of our approval or disapproval of that
||1991-JUN At their Biennial meeting in Charleston WV, the delegates approved
(1,124 to 539; 46 abstentions) an
anti-gay Statement of Concern. It:|
||Rejected "the homosexual lifestyle, homosexual marriage,
ordination of homosexual clergy or establishment of 'gay
churches' or 'gay caucuses'."
||Affirmed "that the church should love and minister to
the homosexual, but condemn the sin of the practice of
Their statement is unclear on whether ordination of only sexually active
homosexuals is rejected, or whether ordination is banned for all persons with a
They also more narrowly passed (927 to 877; 38 abstentions) a resolution asking for a study on
human sexuality. A Statement of Concern was passed:
"We therefore call on the General Board of American
Baptist Churches to appoint a task force which would begin a study
process on the local levels (i.e., regions, associations and
churches) for the purpose of providing material which can guide us
in our personal and collective thinking and spiritual development of
a Christian perspective on sexuality."
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
"Responses/actions pertaining to homosexuality," ABCUSA, at:
http://www.abc-usa.org/ This is a PDF file.
The Commission on Human Sexuality Resources of American Baptist Churches USA
has a list of "Resources of American Baptist Churches USA" at: http://www.abc-usa.org/ Many of the resources contain sections on homosexuality.
Copyright 1999 to 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 1999-NOV-28.
Latest update: 2008-JAN-15
Author: B.A. Robinson