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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...
  • Kristin Chenoweth: Christian and Gay Rights Supporter

    09/08/2011 10:42:09 PM PDT · by Cronos · 46 replies · 3+ views
    ABC ^ | 8 Sep 2011 | Luchina Fisher
    The diminutive songstress who played a high school dropout on “Glee” and originated the role of Glinda in “Wicked” is just as comfortable talking about her Christian faith as she is her support for gay rights. In a recent interview with The Advocate, she explained how she can hold both dear to her heart. “I read my Bible and I pray and all of that. I really do,” she told the gay-interest publication. “But at the same time, I don’t think being gay is a sin. Period.”Chenoweth, 43, who grew up in Oklahoma’s Bible belt, cited her grandmother as inspiration.....Asked...
  • Conservative Presbyterians Mulling Split Over Gay Ordination?

    08/24/2011 3:44:09 AM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 24 Aug 2011 | Anugrah Kumar
    Three months after allowing the ordination of openly gay clergy, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seems headed for a split as nearly 2,000 conservative Presbyterians are gathering in Minneapolis on Thursday and Friday with creation of a “new Reformed body” as an agenda. Making preparations for the conference is the Rev. Paul Detterman, executive director of Presbyterians for Renewal, an independent organization based in Louisville, Ky., where the denomination’s headquarters are. Detterman, administrative consultant for the new Fellowship of Presbyterians, the organizer, recently wrote in a communication to fellow conservatives that initially only a few hundred people were interested in new...
  • North Carolina University Puts Out List of 'Gay-Friendly' Churches

    08/15/2011 1:54:59 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies ^ | August 15, 2011
    A North Carolina state university has put out a list of approved "gay-friendly" churches for faculty and students raising concerns by at least one professor that taxpayers are inadvertently involved in "telling people where to go to church." An office with the University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus began circulating the list late last month. It was compiled as part of a broader guide to gay-friendly businesses, nonprofits, health centers and other services in the area. The "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allied students, faculty, staff, and alumni" office described the document as a "local resource guide" for...
  • Presbyterian Church minister defends anti-gay protest at Belfast Pride

    08/01/2011 10:38:45 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Pink Paper ^ | 2 August 2011 | Jamie Fisher
    A Free Presbyterian Church minister who sparked protest at Belfast Pride on Saturday has defended his actions, calling the parade “a very unpleasant experience”. Rev David McIlveen, of Sandown Free Presbyterian Church, amassed a crowd of protesters at the corner of Waring Street and North Street on the parade route. He criticized the Pride event claiming: “I certainly do not see it as an asset to Belfast in any way. It is something that is grieving to a good number of people”. The Irish Times report that McIlveen, who organizes an annual anti-Pride protest, did not see his actions as...
  • Presbyterian Church's new policy makes way for lesbian Chicagoan

    07/15/2011 3:22:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    Windy City Times ^ | 13 Jul 2011 | Chuck Colbert
    A new policy that opens the door to ordination of openly gay deacons, elders, and ministers in the Presbyterian Church ( USA ) took effect July 10, with prayer vigils and liturgical celebrations to mark the historic occasion held across the nation from Pittsburgh to Nashville to Denver and beyond.Closer to home, the landmark change means that Andersonville resident Jeannine Oakes' dream of becoming an ordained minister of word and sacrament—in a church she dearly loves—may very well come true after all. "I am still in the early stages of the process, with a lot of requirements to go," Oakes...
  • For Minority Groups in Presbyterian Church, Rights Vary by Region {ahem.. gays}

    07/12/2011 1:21:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies ^ | 11 07 11 | Gabe Bullard
    A gay elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) says the recent rule change that removes any doubt over the legitimacy of her position makes the church more accepting, though intolerance still exists in many areas. Beth Van Sickle was ordained in her Ohio congregation in the 1980s and faced challenges to her post. But yesterday , the church’s constitution was changed to allow unmarried, noncelibate clergy. Van Sickle says it makes the church appear more accepting to young people, who may be questioning the conflict between their religion and their sexuality. “People will come to the church because they recognize...
  • Church members celebrate acceptance of gays {6th Presbyterian}

    07/10/2011 11:16:37 PM PDT · by Cronos · 53 replies
    Pittsburg Gazetta ^ | 10 Jul 2011 | Anne Rodgers
    .. "On this new day the church continues to live into its call to be a house of prayer for all people, seeking reconciliation, calling forth the gifts of all who seek to serve Christ in the world," .. "While we celebrate this day, we also know that minds and hearts need time and clarity to understand issues that divide us. We pray for God's guidance, humbly seeking to be united in our common purpose -- to live and proclaim the good news of the gospel."...He grew up in a home and church where sexuality was never discussed, he said....
  • Historic Day for Presbyterian Church

    07/10/2011 11:15:20 PM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies ^ | 10 Jul 2011 | Marilyn Joyce Lehren
    The Presbyterian Church USA will quietly usher in gay ordination when an amendment on Sunday formally enters the Book of Order of the church’s Constitution. The change comes after 33 years of contentious discussion within the Presbyterian Church and as the gay-rights movement gains momentum in other Protestant Churches. “This is a very historic day,” said Rev. Daniel L. Martian, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Livingston. The new policy makes it easier for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to ordain gays and lesbians as clergy if they chose by dropping a policy requiring unmarried clergy to remain celibate. “Now that...
  • Presbyterians, Change Hearts & Minds, Begin Ordaining Gays

    07/09/2011 6:32:12 PM PDT · by Cronos · 99 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | 8 Jul 2011 | MARYANN MCKIBBEN DANA
    It’s official. As of July 10, after a 15-year struggle, qualified gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people can be ordained as clergy and officers in the Presbyterian Church (USA). After 24 presbyteries flipped from previous “no” votes, a total of 97 approved amendment 10A; well over the 87 required for the change. This victory finally removed exclusionary language from the Book of Order, which required “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” The old language also required prospective ministers and officers to repent of “any self-acknowledged practice which the confessions call...
  • Presbyterians to officially allow gay clergy {July 10}

    07/08/2011 11:46:24 PM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Christian Century ^ | 8 Jul 2011 | Jack Jenkins
    Presbyterians who support gay rights are prepping sanctuaries this Sunday (July 10) to celebrate the passage of a new church policy that allows gay pastors to serve openly for the first time in the denomination's history. As the new policy for the Presbyterian Church (USA) becomes official that day, several left-leaning churches "will mark the moment with prayer and rejoicing" in their Sunday services, according to a press release from More Light Presbyterians, which advocates for gay rights in the church. "The Presbyterian Church enters a new era of equality on Sunday," said Michael Adee, the group's executive director. "It...
  • Seminarian follows her calling, and her heart {Presbyterian lesbian pastor}

    07/08/2011 11:43:37 PM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9 Jul 2011 | Manya A Brachear
    When Jeannine Oakes answered God's call to become a pastor, it was a moment of both clarity and confusion. Though her heart belonged to the Presbyterian Church, she also hoped one day to give her heart to a woman with whom she would share her life. The Presbyterian Church's ban on openly gay clergy did not allow for both. Eventually, she asked the leadership at Fourth Presbyterian Church to endorse her mission and enrolled at McCormick Theological Seminary to complete the necessary coursework."I need to be fully who I am, and the church needs to accept that," said Oakes, 32....
  • No split from Church of Scotland for time being {Presybterian gays win}

    07/08/2011 9:38:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Stornoway Gazette ^ | 29 Jun 2011 | SG
    Stornoway High Church will remain part of the Church of Scotland for the time being.At a congregational meeting on Tuesday night, members were balloted on the question of whether or not to split from the denomination. This action was in response to the decisions taken by the 2011 General Assembly to allow openly gay ministers ordained before 2009 to remain in their posts and to establish a theological commision, due to report in 2013, to consider the implications of allowing gay ministers to train.74 per cent of the High Church members balloted (162) voted in principle to withdraw from the...
  • Gay minister discuses small town bigoty, acceptance -- {Gay alert - Presbyterian in NC}

    07/05/2011 11:03:46 PM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Towleroad ^ | 5 July 2011 | Andrew Belonskey
    Brett Webb-Mitchell, a Presbyterian minister who is also gay, took to Salon today to share his experience preaching in Hnederson, North Carolina. It has not been easy:The bigotry, disgust and underlying fear of those of us who are different than the rest -- whoever "the rest" may be -- was breathtaking in its viciousness. And the place where so much of this prejudice found light was in the pages of "Home in Henderson." People from the town and county had free rein to insult and mock me. "Homo of Henderson" they dubbed me, but often they weren't nearly as eloquent:...
  • When a gay minister moved to a small Southern town (Presbyterian)

    07/05/2011 3:59:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 126 replies
    Courier Journal ^ | 5 July 2011 | Brett Webb-Mitchel
    As an out Presbyterian preacher, I'd experienced prejudice before. But nothing like what I faced in North CarolinaI was reading "Home in Henderson" -- the unofficial city website for a small town in North Carolina where I had recently moved to preach -- when I came across the blog entry. It was posted under the pseudonym "Church Reporter." "A friend that attends the First Presbyterian Church told me to do a Google search on their new minister Brett Webb-Mitchell," the entry began. "Having done so, I have only three comments to make on the pastor selection: 1. Who is responsible...
  • EP (Evangelical Presbyterian) Church joins loud condemnation of homosexuality

    07/04/2011 7:08:24 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Ghana News Agency ^ | 4 July 2011 | GNA
    The Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P) Church, Ghana, on Sunday joined the growing condemnation of homosexuality in Ghana, saying attempts to justify the abominable behaviour were unacceptable. The Reverend Joyce Kofi Kodade, Moderator of the West Volta Presbytery of the E.P. Church, said the explanation that homosexuality could be biological, psychological, or social behaviour is untenable. He said: “If you know you are sick, go for treatment, see a doctor, if you think it is psychological, see a counsellor. Don't justify homosexuality by the laws. “According to the law you may be right but according to the will of God, you are...
  • Sacramento-area Presbyterian churches wrestle with gay ordination issues

    06/27/2011 3:13:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 27.6.2011 | Jennifer Garza
    The mood Sunday morning at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church Sunday was upbeat – the pews were packed and many nodded as the pastor preached his message of forgiveness...Next month, the Presbyterian Church begins allowing those who are openly gay to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons. The new rules, which were approved in May and take effect July 10, have provoked a wide range of responses from local church leaders.They are holding town hall meetings with concerned members, sending letters explaining the rules and posting their opinions of the new ordination standards on their church websites. "It is the...
  • Presbyterians meet in Memphis, seal deal on ordaining women

    06/24/2011 10:49:07 PM PDT · by Cronos · 29 replies
    Commercial Waters ^ | 24 Jun 2011 | David Waters
    A small but fast-growing Presbyterian denomination meeting this week in Memphis resolved long-standing theological and constitutional conflicts over the ordination of women that have vexed and divided evangelical Christians for decades. A record-setting 460 delegates to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church's 31st General Assembly voted to allow congregations to call women to ordained ministry, even if their presbytery (governing body) objects for theological or doctrinal reasons....
  • Presbyterians' dirty laundry

    06/22/2011 3:45:09 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 21 Jun 2011 | Rev Parker T Williamson
    ......While Presbyterians have voted on many issues over the years, never have they been so brazen as to vote Scriptural standards out of vogue. Never have Presbyterians been so presumptuous as to "vote" that biblical standards do not apply to their denomination...... At issue is that this denomination has hit the mute button on 2,000 years of Christian belief and morality. Standards that have been honored for centuries have now been deleted, leaving Presbyterians with the following moral mandate: "whatever." Whatever a local church, or a presbytery, or some other bureaucratic subset chooses to do is now permitted. The group...
  • Area Presbyterians deal with unusual leadership conflicts

    06/22/2011 3:39:40 AM PDT · by Cronos · 259 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 21 Jun 2011 | Stephen J Lee
    Unprecedented turmoil in recent months in local and regional Presbyterian circles — including five lay leaders in a Grand Forks congregation quitting the church after being charged with violating church rules as well as a top administrator being dismissed suddenly — was the main business at a meeting here Monday. About 50 clergy and ordained lay elders of the Presbytery of the Northern Plains gathered for the one-day “stated meeting,” one of about three held each year. Besides the leavings, the conflict also included a gag order put in place by a higher church panel that had been lifted, it...
  • Presbyterians praise new policy to disregard sexual orientation

    06/16/2011 11:40:12 PM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | Patty Machelor Arizona
    Hallelujahs are sounding loudly from at least two local churches as members celebrate a long-sought change in the Presbyterian Church to fully include everyone regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.St. Mark's Presbyterian Church has worked to remove obstacles for openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ordination for more than two decades..Newquist, 37, said she feels a "huge debt of gratitude" to the Presbyterians who changed their minds and made the change possible. "It's a hard thing for anyone, but particularly when you have had a strong conviction to say, 'I was wrong and I'm ready to make a different...
  • Vote clears path for gay ministers in local Presbyterian churches

    06/16/2011 11:34:52 PM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | James Fuller
    Gay Presbyterians throughout the suburbs now have the opportunity to rise from the pews and into the ranks of the ordained. After decades of debate, Blackhawk Presbytery — which oversees many of the congregations in the Fox Valley and northwestern Illinois — recently became one of 21 presbyteries so far to reverse course on gay ordination. But even with a movement toward acceptance of homosexuality in popular culture, the Rev. John Rickard of Blackhawk Presbytery said he was surprised, but not necessarily dismayed, by the outcome of the vote among his congregations. “Do I think it's going to destroy our...
  • Carnegie likely to welcome mosque (PA)

    06/11/2011 12:10:13 PM PDT · by americanophile · 13 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | June 11, 2011 | Jason Cato
    A borough along the Parkway West historically known for its religious and cultural diversity may soon cement that image with the addition of a mosque. At least that is the hope of Carnegie officials and the leader of a Muslim mosque looking to move into a former Presbyterian church in the heart of the town's quaint business district. A public hearing will be conducted Monday evening, followed by a council vote on a zoning change needed to establish the mosque. "Adding our center there will make Carnegie a center for the three Abrahamic religions," Al-Walid Mohsen, vice president and manager...
  • Methodists Move Toward LGBT Inclusion

    06/10/2011 3:02:32 AM PDT · by Cronos · 48 replies
    religion Dispatches ^ | 10 Jun 2011 | CANDACE CHELLEW-HODGE
    In my article last month about the historic vote by Presbyterians to endorse the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers, I issued a challenge to the Methodist Church, the last mainstream denomination holding out on full acceptance of LGBT people. It seems there were already Methodists taking up the challenge to make their denomination more welcoming. Just days after the Presbyterians moved to approve gay and lesbian clergy, the Washington Post reported that “the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church narrowly approved a groundbreaking same-sex marriage resolution.” The resolution, passed at the church’s annual local conference, would amend the...
  • Presbyterian Church 'alarm' over gay clergy

    06/10/2011 2:59:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 10 Jun 2011 | Alf McReary
    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has expressed concern at the Church of Scotland's handling of the issue of homosexual clergy. Last month the Scottish Church voted to allow its ministers who were ordained before May 20, 2009 and who are now openly gay to be appointed by congregations. The Church has also created a commission to consider the justification of the future ordination of gay ministers. This report is not due for two years, but earlier this year the Irish Presbyterian Church wrote to the Scottish Church outlining its views on the sanctity of traditional marriage and its objection to...
  • Tension in church over stance on gay ministers

    06/08/2011 1:58:47 AM PDT · by Cronos · 47 replies
    News Letter ^ | 8 Jun 2011 | Arthur Allison
    TENSIONS have surfaced at the Presbyterian General Assembly over the position of the Church of Scotland on the acceptance of ministers who have homosexual relationships. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is traditionally aligned to its mother church in Scotland, The Kirk, which at its recent general assembly voted 351 to 294 to effectively do away with the ban on gay clergy.Outgoing Presbyterian moderator the Rev Dr Norman Hamilton, who attended the Edinburgh gathering, expressed his unease over the Scottish move in a candid report of his visit to the Kirk assembly.Dr Hamilton, who stood down as moderator on Monday night...
  • Local Presbyterian churchs ponder new policy on gay/lesbian ordination

    06/05/2011 11:21:17 PM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies ^ | 4 June 2011 | Joshunda Sanders
    The change in ordination standards will go into effect July 10....The move makes the Presbyterian Church the latest of several mainline Protestant denominations to allow for the ordination or open acceptance of gay and lesbian pastors. In 2009, leaders with the Episcopal Church voted to affirm gay and lesbian clergy despite pressure from Anglicans around the world to create a moratorium on consecrating another openly gay bishop. That year, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America also voted to allow sexually active gay and lesbian candidates to serve as clergy; before that, they were allowed to serve only if they were...
  • F.C. Presbyterian Pastor Hails End of Ban on Openly Gay Clergy

    06/02/2011 7:02:38 AM PDT · by Cronos · 59 replies
    Falls Church News ^ | 31 May 2011 | LESLIE POSTER
    Earlier this month, the national Presbyterian Church approved a change in its constitution to allow openly gay church members to serve as ministers and church leaders. It is a change that one local church pastor says has been a long time coming. "It's been a Presbyterian family quarrel for about 30 years," said Jonathan Smoot, interim pastor at Falls Church Presbyterian Church..."It's just ridiculous to lift up sexual orientation as a primary criterion for that person's character or suitability for ministry," Smoot said. "I hope this puts an end to it.""It needs to be read in its historical context and...
  • Harold Camping: Rapture Rescheduled for October 21, Twitter Laughs On

    05/24/2011 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    webpronews ^ | 24 May 2011 | Josh Walford
    The “flabbergasted” biblical numerologist Harold Camping has emerged from seclusion and addressed the world about the still impending rapture...last night, the 89-year-old fake prophet announced that the rapture was far from cancelled – but simply postponed. More specifically, he was not off on the dates. May 21st marked a more “spiritual” beginning of the end, and in five months the real end will come....Camping, as quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Were not changing a date at all; we’re just learning that we have to be a little more spiritual about this. But on Oct. 21, the world will be...
  • Charlotte Presbytery, too, ends gay ban

    05/18/2011 3:35:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 18 May 2011 | Tim Funk
    The Presbytery of Charlotte added its support Tuesday to ending the ban on gays and lesbians becoming clergy and lay leaders in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Presbyterian church leaders from the seven-county Charlotte region voted 162-154 to change the denomination's constitution by removing a 1997 amendment that said the ordained must either be single and chaste or in a heterosexual marriage. ..The Rev. Kate Murphy of Hickory Grove Presbyterian, who made the case for removing the ban on gays and lesbians, said her reading of Scripture told her that "committed monogamous homosexual relations are not sinful in God's eyes."
  • Pandering to Muslims in Indiana

    05/14/2011 10:00:02 PM PDT · by Stymee · 18 replies
    Muslim Alliance of Indiana ^ | Saturday, 09 May 2009 | Administrator
    "Governor Daniels showed us he was a man of his word and has stood by the commitments he made during the 2004 pre-election Iftar," stated Alia Shah, Executive Director of MAI. Local Muslims say such political connections are important if their concerns are to be heard in government. But faith, rather than politics, was the key topic Monday night -- the first iftar held at an Indiana governor's home. Several Muslim leaders called it historic. "To be blessed to make prayer at the governor's residence is significant," said Michael Saahir, an imam from the Nur-Allah Islamic Center on the Northside....