To balance the disappointment over Jeffrey John in the UK Anglican church, US Presbyterians have voted to approve the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy without any expectation of celibacy. This is not quite the breakthrough it might seem – the General Assembly has voted the same way before, but failed to get ratification at local level.
This year the chances are better, with a strongly supportive new Moderator, who has said that inclusion is a matter of simple justice and a Gospel imperative.
Here’s the introduction and a link to the report from AP. I will have more later.
Presbyterian leaders approve gay clergy policy
MINNEAPOLIS — Presbyterian leaders voted Thursday to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy, approving the first of two policy changes that could make their church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian denominations in the U.S.
But the vote isn’t a final stamp of approval for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or its more than 2 million members.
Delegates voted during the church’s general assembly in Minneapolis, with 53 percent approving the more liberal policy on gay clergy. A separate vote is expected later Thursday on whether to change the church’s definition of marriage from between “a man and a woman” to between “two people.”
(Read the full report)
- In Celebration: Rev Jane Spahr, “Lesbyterian” (queerhistory.blogspot.com)
- Gay Clergy: God’s Spirit at Work (Huff Post) (queertheology.blogspot.com)
- Open Letter to the 219th General Assembly (mlp.org)
- Texas Baptist Church Takes a Stand FOR Gay Members. (queering-the-church.com)
- Shower of Stoles Promotes Dialogue (mlp.org)
- LGBT Anglican Coalition writes to the Archbishop of Canterbury (thinkinganglicans.org.uk)
- Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (mlp.org)