THE EDITOR, Sir:
RECENTLY, A number of articles have appeared in The Gleaner dealing with the issue of homosexuality.
For the benefit of your readers, I want to share the statement that was adopted by the Moravian Church in 1995. This statement represents the position of the Moravian Church on the issue at this time.
In the understanding of the Moravian Church, marriage between a man and a woman forms the ideal framework for intimate sexual relationship between two persons. It is therefore the duty and privilege of all members to uphold the ideals of Christian marriage, and to avoid anything that would bring dishonour upon it.
The church, nevertheless, recognises and affirms the choice of persons to remain single. This is in no way a dishonouring of the ideals of Christian marriage.
The church continues to affirm, consistent with scriptures, that marriage, that is to say, the formal, public and legal union between a man and a woman is the only relationship in which sexual intercourse may be practised. The church is therefore opposed to any practice which conflicts with this ideal.
The 1982 Synod of the Moravian Church in Jamaica adopted the following resolution:
Be it resolved that this synod condemns the evil practice of homosexuality and recommends that a consultative body comprising the church and government be set up to provide counselling and advice in eliminating this evil from the society.
Be it resolved that the grant-ing of licences to operate gay clubs be abandoned.
The 1995 Synod of the church remains firm in its opposition to the practice even though it continues in the society.
Persons who believe in and practice homosexuality are regarded as having deviant tendencies and must be treated as being in need of help and counselling. The church takes a caring rather than a condemning attitude to such persons and oppose any form of violence against them.
The church is opposed to any effort to make the practice of homosexuality legal, as this is contrary to our understanding of scripture and of God's intention for human sexual relations.
I am etc.,
LIVINGSTONE THOMPSON (Rev Dr.)
The Moravian Church in Jamaica