The results of this project will be reported at SSSR 2010 on Friday, Oct. 29 and also at a conference in India the end of December.

Here is the accepted proposal for SSSR:
SSSR 2010 Proposal
Title: Are You Going to Leave? A Study of How ELCA Clergy Used the Sunday Sermon to Address with Their Congregations the Denominational Decision to Ordain Gay Clergy Members

Presenters: Dr. Daniel Roland and Ms. Esther Bardo, Center for the Study of Information and Religion, Kent State University

Abstract: The paper reports on an analysis of sermon texts delivered on the two Sundays following the decision of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly to ordain gay clergy members. The research project sought to discover if and how ELCA clergy addressed the decision with their congregations in the context of the Sunday sermon. The paper reports on findings regarding the sources of information used by clergy, common themes in the sermon texts, interpretations of Scripture in addressing the decision, and a comparison of the responses given by female and male clergy members. The paper also reports on the findings of a survey sent to the ELCA clergy members whose sermons were included in the research project sample.

And here is the accepted proposal for the India conference:

Paper Presenter:
Dr. Daniel Roland
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University
Assistant Professor

Center for the Study of Information and Religion
Primary Researcher

Paper Title: To Whom Shall We Go? Hard Decisions, Denominational Affiliation, and Social Identification

Social identification theory is used to explore how Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastors responded to the denominational decision to ordain gay clergy members. Findings are from a content analysis of nearly 100 sermon texts given by 60 ELCA clergy on the two Sundays following the denominational decision in August 2009 and from an electronic survey of the clergy informants. The consideration and discussion to change policy within Christian denominations to ordain gay clergy members has proven to be a very sensitive issue. Denominational leaders and local clergy members are concerned about losing members who do not wish to be identified with a denomination that condones homosexuality while also promoting Christ like messages of tolerance and acceptance. The author sought to discover how clergy members responded to the situation, their primary concerns in responding to the situation, and the information resources used in constructing their response.