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  • Pro-gay {Presbyterian} church in Taiwan urges churches to stop discrimination at gay pride parade

    11/14/2011 12:18:09 AM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies ^ | 6 Nov 2011 | Chiou Kuo-rong/Sandy Tsai
    The 9th annual Taiwan Gay Pride Parade, held on October 29th, 2011, started from Ketagalan Boulevard with a huge rainbow flag held by the 30 people leading the parade. The theme of this year’s parade is “ LGBT Fight Back, Discrimination Get Out!” Just like last year, Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church actively participated in the parade and walked behind the rainbow flag with the troop.Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church also actively took part in the preparation of the parade and was in charge of administrative affairs. To ensure that the flyers containing the idea of appealing for equal rights...
  • PCA [Presbyterian Church in America] Statements on Homosexuality

    11/07/2011 4:00:48 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies ^ | PCA General Assembly
    Editor’s note: In light of recent decisions by other denominations to approve openly homosexual individuals for ministry, to sanction the blessing of same-sex unions, and because of the public debate on legalizing same-sex marriages, it is appropriate to publish the position of the Presbyterian Church in America on these issues. Here is a brief overview of actions of past General Assemblies and summaries of these actions: In 1977 the following was adopted: That the Fifth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America affirms the biblical position for our denomination which states that: 1. The act of homosexuality is a...
  • Presbyterians Make it to the Party with First Openly Gay Minister

    11/07/2011 7:12:38 AM PST · by Cronos · 26 replies
    Care 2 Care ^ | 11 Oct 2011 | Mhaire Fraser
    On Saturday, October 8th in Madison, Wisconson, Scott Anderson became the first openly gay ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. This ordination is especially poignant for Anderson who came out to his California congregation when he was in his late thirties, over twenty years ago. He resigned as a result. Nancy Enderle, the interim executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, told The Associated Press that the ordination was a glorious celebration that touched everyone, especially Anderson. “He’s a very dignified and poised person but you could tell he was deeply moved,” she said “The Episcopalians, the Lutherans, the...
  • Sacramento congregation to leave Presbyterian Church USA over gay clergy ordination

    11/04/2011 7:13:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    South Florida ^ | 4 Nov 2011 | AP
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  • One of Syracuse's oldest Presbyterian churches votes to close next year

    10/28/2011 3:21:31 AM PDT · by Cronos · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | 28 October 2011 | Elizabeth Doran
    One of the oldest Presbyterian churches in Syracuse — First Presbyterian Church United – this month decided it will close in April 2012. The Near West Side church, founded in 1826 and located at 620 W. Genesee St. since 1904, will have its last service on Easter, April 8, 2012. The church has been steadily losing members over the years and is financially strapped, said Nancy Wind, associate for congregational life at the church. There are about 100 church members; of those about 40 attend worship services, she said. “We’ve been running a deficit budget for at least a decade...
  • Presbyterian Church’s Ordination of Gays Bittersweet {Reformed, always reforming}

    10/26/2011 9:26:04 AM PDT · by Cronos · 152 replies
    uk progressive ^ | OCTOBER 21, 2011 4:45 PM | REV. IRENE MONROE
    Before returning to New England for the second time, I served two African American Presbyterian Churches. And during that time I never thought, two decades ago, that the entire church body would change its position on LGBTQ worshippers. But a historic yet bittersweet moment happened on October 8th in the Presbyterian Church (USA). And the moment didn’t happened without a long and arduous struggle against the church’s ecclesiastical heterosexism.After decades of open struggle with the church’s recalcitrant attitude and discrimination against its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) worshippers who wanted to serve as pastors, elders or deacons, the...
  • Presbyterian upheaval

    10/26/2011 9:17:51 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Amarillo Global Press ^ | 21 Oct 2011 | AP
    Members of First Presbyterian Church of Enid voted 131-69 to leave Presbyterian Church... The Rev. Roy Schneider, senior pastor of the church, announced the vote. Schneider said 200 of the 290 members of the church were present and voted. Prior to the vote, Schneider read a message from the Presbytery, the governing body, saying the vote is non-binding, and any changes in membership will be made after requested by individual members. ..The church had been in tense discussion for several months about issues it faced. Many members have been concerned about the reported liberal stances the national church has been...
  • Mainline Presbyterian group loses another congregation

    10/25/2011 11:40:16 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    One News Now ^ | 25.10.2011 | Becky Yeh
    A California minister says another Presbyterian church has withdrawn from the national group because the mainline denomination is departing from the Bible and biblical standards. Sacramento-based Fremont Presbyterian Church recently voted 427-164 to secede from the Presbyterian Church USA due to the group's stance on "gay" clergy. The church is now part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, a small denominational offshoot that is more conservative. It believes in the infallibility of the Bible, that homosexuals should not serve in the ministry, and that those who are divorced should meet with congregational leaders before joining the church. The church's pastor assures...
  • Auburn {Presbyterian} church embraces discussion of gay marriage

    10/24/2011 5:24:45 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies ^ | 24 October 2011 | Justin Murphy
    Several dozen people partook in a discussion about same-sex marriage Sunday morning at Westminster Presbyterian Church, settling nothing but sharing their opinions openly. It was a part of the church’s series of adult education forums; one last week focused on interfaith marriage. Always a controversial topic, same-sex marriage has become yet more prominent in New York this year since the Legislature passed a law legalizing it. The Ledyard town clerk objected to that law and declined to sign same-sex marriages licenses on religious grounds, thereby putting herself near the center of a nationwide debate and drawing a write-in election challenge....
  • Enid Presbyterian church is in the midst of split

    10/20/2011 1:19:30 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    OK News ^ | 20 October 2011 | Carla Hinton
    The majority of members of First Presbyterian Church of Enid have decided to sever ties with the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination. About 200 of the church's 250 members cast votes on the issue Sunday, said James Bellatti, presbyter of the Cimarron Presbytery, a regional affiliate of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Bellatti said 131 church members voted to leave the denomination, while 69 voted to stay. The nonbinding vote was simply a tally to determine who wanted to stay and who wanted to go, he said. Two days later, the church's senior pastor, the Rev. Roy Schneider, resigned from his post....
  • Fremont members vote to leave Presbyterian church over gay minister

    10/17/2011 2:37:23 AM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 17 October 2011 | Jennifer Garza
    After the vote, some church members wiped away tears. Others said they were relieved it was finally over. Members of Fremont Presbyterian Church – the largest Presbyterian Church in the Sacramento region – ended months of speculation Sunday when they voted to leave their national denomination and join one that church leaders said reflects more traditional beliefs...Church leaders said their denomination had strayed from biblical adherence, most recently in July when the national denomination permitted the ordination of openly gay clergy.The Presbyterian Church (USA) has about 2 million members and is one of a growing number of mainline Protestant churches...
  • God’s Law for Today

    10/16/2011 9:57:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Truth in Action Ministries ^ | 10-12-2011 | D. James Kennedy
    Today we see an age of anomie—lawlessness. The laws of God are being ignored and His commandments jettisoned. Indeed, it is a lawless age in which we live—reminiscent of what Jesus said in parable about what would come when He went off to a far country. The citizens would hate Him, and they would cry out, “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14). The great question before the nations is: Will men and nations submit to having Jesus Christ, the Divine Creator of the world reign over them? God’s purpose in this world is to...
  • Is Mormonism a Cult?

    10/15/2011 9:50:41 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 182 replies
    Truth in Action Ministries ^ | 10-14-2011 | Truth in Action Ministries
    A Statement from Truth in Action Ministries, Oct. 14, 2011 "While having the deepest respect for the moral and ethical standards of the Mormon people and their church, we must sadly reject their teachings as false and not Christian." –D. James Kennedy, Ph.D. Texas pastor Robert Jeffress generated headlines last week when he told reporters that Mormonism is a cult—a belief system at odds with historic Christianity. Since then he has been accused of bigotry, called a “poster boy for hatred,” and a “moron.” Despite those harsh charges, Jeffress, who backs Texas governor Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination,...
  • U.S. Presbyterian Church Ordains First Gay Minister

    10/09/2011 5:55:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 8, 2011
    MILWAUKEE –  A man who left his Presbyterian ministry in California more than 20 years ago after telling his congregation that he is gay was welcomed back into the church leadership on Saturday as its first openly gay ordained minister. In a quavering voice ripe with emotion, 56-year-old Scott Anderson told the hundreds of friends and backers who packed Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin for his ordination ceremony that he never thought the day would come. "To the thousands of Presbyterians who have worked and prayed for almost 40 years for this day, I give thanks," Anderson said. "And...
  • Presbyterian Church USA to ordain 1st gay

    10/05/2011 12:25:56 PM PDT · by Cronos · 52 replies ^ | 5 October 2011 | UPI
    A man who left the ministry 21 years ago is looking forward to becoming the first openly gay person ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA. At the ceremony Sunday, Scott Anderson, 56, now executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, will take back the stole he wore as pastor of two Presbyterian congregations in California, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. He had donated it to Shower of Stoles, a project meant to demonstrate what the Presbyterian Church had lost by barring homosexuals from the ministry. Anderson, who grew up in California, said he realized he was gay while he...
  • First Presbyterian gay ordination since rule change

    09/30/2011 2:30:06 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 28 Sep 2011 | AP
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) plans to ordain the first openly gay candidate for ordination since the denomination struck down barriers this year to clergy who have same-gender partners. Scott Anderson will be ordained as a teaching elder on Oct. 8 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison. The new policy won approval from a majority of the denomination's 173 presbyteries, or regional church bodies, and took effect on July 10.The denomination eliminated language in the church constitution requiring that clergy live "in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness." The new...
  • First gay man to be ordained in Presbyterian Church USA since historic vote

    09/26/2011 3:36:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 43 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | September 25 2011 | Rose French
    A Wisconsin man is expected to become the first openly gay candidate ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since the church opened ordination to gay candidates earlier this year. ...“It’s hard to believe it’s finally happening,” Anderson said in a released statement on Friday. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) officially began allowing the ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates on July 10. n May, Twin Cities Presbyterians cast the historic vote to allow openly gay and lesbian members to be ordained ministers. Presbyterian leaders say the Twin Cities vote was the action needed to end the 2.1 million-member denomination’s national...
  • Christ Calls Presbyterians To Repent Says John Meacham, Author Of 'Divine Revelation'

    09/21/2011 1:14:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 33 replies ^ | 18 Sep 2011 | John Meacham
    Jesus Christ is now calling Christians everywhere to experience spiritual birth, to store up heavenly riches, to live a divine spiritual life, to join the armies of heaven, to fight for church reform, and to prepare the church for His Second Coming More Information This is a message from Jesus Christ to the Presbyterian Church. “I am the Son of God whose eyes blaze like fire, whose feet shine like polished brass. I know what you do. I know your love, your faithfulness, your service, and your patience. But this is what I have against you: you tolerate those lesbians."...
  • Central Alabama Presbyterians add voice opposing immigration law

    09/16/2011 7:09:30 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies ^ | 15 Sep 2011 | Greg Garrison
    The Rev. Becky Burton, new executive presbyter for the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, was installed the same day the regional body of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to call for repeal of the state's new immigration law. That has been one of her first orders of business as leader of mainline Presbyterians in central Alabama. "We passed an overture to send a letter calling on the governor to rescind HB56, and that has been sent," Burton said. ...Burton was installed on Aug. 18, the same day the presbytery voted to oppose the state's immigration law. ..Several churches, including First...
  • Head of Presbyterian Church (USA) Addresses Pro-LGBT Presbyterians

    09/08/2011 10:37:19 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 9 Sep 2011 | David Virtue
    Top leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Moderator Cynthia Bolbach, addressed the first national gathering of More Light Presbyterians since the denomination began allowing the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. ...Meeting at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York, September 2-4, Moderator Bolbach encouraged the listeners to be the church by working together. Using the biblical story of the friends who cut a hole in the roof of a house to get a friend to Jesus to be healed of paralysis, the Moderator urged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies to be as...