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  • Presbyterians still divided on same-sex unions

    07/04/2012 8:08:29 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 19 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 4 July 2012 | Jason Cato & Bob Kerlik
    Same-sex marriage continues to be a major dividing point among members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) as the issue moves closer to a vote this week by the denomination’s governing body. The 220th General Assembly is expected to address the subject of gay marriage and the church before its biennial conference wraps up on Saturday in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Groups on opposing sides of the debate met separately on Tuesday as the church’s committee on Civil Union and Marriage Issues considered proposals both for and against gay marriage. A church survey released in February showed that...
  • Same-gender unions on Presbyterian, Episcopal agendas

    07/04/2012 5:02:06 AM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    GoErie ^ | 4 July 2012 | Dana Messing
    As the Episcopal Church's governing body gathers this week, members are preparing to discuss church recognition of same-sex couples living in committed relationships. "We anticipate that the church will approve a rite for blessing same-gender relationships," the Right Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, said. .. "I do plan to authorize same-gender blessings in this diocese," Rowe said in a letter to members before the convention. The Episcopalians aren't alone in considering same-gender issues this month. At the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, commissioners are considering whether marriage is between "a woman and a man"...
  • California presbytery defies church, backs minister in gay weddings

    05/19/2012 6:36:34 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    La Times ^ | 16 May 2012 | Maria La Ganga
    Days after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the Presbyterian Church's Northern California governing body refused to rebuke a retired minister for marrying gays and lesbians when it was legal in California. The Presbytery of the Redwoods, which governs churches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, voted 74 to 18 Tuesday to reject the church's official denunciation and instead support the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, who had been found guilty by an ecclesiastical court of violating the Presbyterian Constitution and her ordination vows for marrying 16 same-sex couples
  • Presbyterian church representatives refuse to rebuke former San Rafael pastor...

    05/15/2012 10:32:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/15/12 | Jessica Bernstein-Wax, Marin Independent Journal
    Presbyterian church representatives refuse to rebuke former San Rafael pastor in gay marriage dispute In an unprecedented defiance of a church judicial commission, representatives of Northern California Presbyterian churches Tuesday refused to rebuke a retired pastor for marrying 16 same-sex couples when gay marriage was legal in California in 2008.The 74-18 vote on a motion opposing the censure of the Rev. Jane Spahr came at a meeting of the Presbytery of the Redwoods at the First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo."Love and justice have come together here," Spahr, 69, said after the vote. "I think this is going to help...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Seminary Commends Planned Parenthood Leadership

    05/11/2012 11:32:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Live Action ^ | 5/11/2012 | Joy Miladin
    Imagine reading a headline that stated, “Animal Rights Organization PETA Presents Meat Processing Company Tyson with Award.” Absurd, right? Why would an organization that denounces pet owners as selfish captors who subject animals to a cruel life of bondage publicly commend one of the largest slaughterhouses in America? The headline screams of hypocrisy. But our society has so boldly embraced abortion that even Christian organizations are honoring the largest abortion chain in America as a promoter of “women’s health.” Just last week, a seminary with the Presbyterian Church-USA publicly commemorated two Planned Parenthood officials. At Auburn Seminary’s annual benefit breakfast,...
  • First Presbyterian Congregation Votes To Leave Denomination {PCUSA}

    04/23/2012 4:17:58 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    KRDO ^ | 22 April 2012 | KRDO
    he congregation as First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs has officially voted to leave the Presbyterian USA denomination. The church plans to switch to a more conservative denomination called the Evangelical Covenant Order Of Presbyterians. Leaders say its because of scriptural conflicts and the decision to allow openly gay ministers to be ordained. 95.5% of those who voted said First Pres.should leave Presbyterian USA. There is also a financial aspect to the split. The congregation must pay $650,000 to keep worshiping in their church. It will be paid over a five-year period to their regional governing body Pueblo Presbytery. The...
  • Green Baggins, 2K, Westminster-West, gay marriage, and Calvinist politics

    03/22/2012 7:58:02 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 31 replies · 1+ views
    (vanity) | 3/22/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    If you're a Free Republic participant, I already know you're a political conservative. If you're a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, or United Reformed Churches, and if you don't know what "two kingdoms" theology is, you need to read this post. What follows is the CO-URC version of posts I made today on the United Reformed and Orthodox Presbyterian listserves run by Christian Observer magazine. It responds to this thread on the Green Baggins blog owned by Rev. Lane Keister: http://greenbaggins.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/review-of-_the-escondido-theology_-general-considerations/#comments You can find the OPC and URC versions of my posts here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/co-urc/message/25024 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/presbyterians-opc/message/44787...
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - February 6 @ 8pm - Roy Schoeman, Mark Shea, Dr. Scott Hahn

    02/06/2012 1:38:46 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    EWTN ^ | February 6, 2012 | Marcus Grodi
    February 6 Roy Schoeman- Jewish ConvertMark Shea- Former Baptist, Dr. Scott Hahn- Former Presbyterian, Fr. Ray Ryland- Former Episcopalian
  • Sausalito Presbyterian Church welcomes first openly gay pastor

    02/04/2012 12:10:32 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Marinij.com ^ | 29 Jan 2012 | Rob Rogers
    When he was 18 years old, Paul Mowry came out as a gay man. "She said, 'I love you and support you — but two things pain me," Mowry said. "One is that I think you would make a great dad, and I'd hate to have you not have that experience. The other is that Presbyterians don't ordain gay people."Mowry's mother mentioned ordination because Mowry — whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all served as Presbyterian ministers — had felt called to the cloth "ever since I was a really small child," he said.On Sunday, Mowry's long-held dream came true,...
  • Sausalito Presbyterian Church welcomes first openly gay pastor

    02/04/2012 12:07:17 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Marinij.com ^ | 29 Jan 2012 | Rob Rogers
    When he was 18 years old, Paul Mowry came out as a gay man. "She said, 'I love you and support you — but two things pain me," Mowry said. "One is that I think you would make a great dad, and I'd hate to have you not have that experience. The other is that Presbyterians don't ordain gay people."Mowry's mother mentioned ordination because Mowry — whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all served as Presbyterian ministers — had felt called to the cloth "ever since I was a really small child," he said.On Sunday, Mowry's long-held dream came true,...
  • {Presbyterian} Pastor Seeks Spiritual Renewal from Celts, {Native} American

    01/04/2012 10:40:45 PM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Dunedin Times ^ | 4 Jan 2012 | Katie Dolac
    A Dunedin pastor recently won a sabbatical grant so she can learn from the ancient Celts and American Indians, according to media reports The Rev. Victoria “Vicki” ByRoade, of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, received a $49,470 grant from The Lilly Endowment Inc. for spiritual learning and renewal that it believes will better her congregation. ByRoade and her congregation are among 158 religious groups across 40 states that learned in October they would win awards through the Lilly Endowment's National Clergy Renewal Program
  • First Presbyterian Pastor to Start Own Church

    01/04/2012 10:38:37 PM PST · by Cronos · 7 replies
    Petaluma ^ | 2 Jan 2012 | Kanna Ioffee
    The pastor of First Presbyterian Church on B Street is breaking away from the congregation to start his own non-denominational house of worship that will focus on helping people connect with God through a music-filled service, Bible teachings that apply to contemporary life and community meals. Dave Weidlich, 56, spent seven years leading First Presbyterian, but says he encountered a vision of church elders that was different from the one he had. Now the backpacking and blogging pastor is launching his own church, called The Vine, that will meet in an office building near Auto Row.“The Vine will be different...
  • Fremont Presbyterian split -- and land holdings -- challenged

    12/30/2011 11:10:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/30/11 | Jennifer Garza
    Most Fremont Presbyterian church members thought the turmoil in their congregation would end after they voted 427-164 to leave the national denomination in October.Now that vote – and the future of the church – is being challenged.Local Presbyterian leaders have called for an investigation of Fremont to determine if there is a schism, or significant opposition to the vote, within the church. Members voted to leave the Presbyterian Church USA to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. If Sacramento-area Presbyterian leaders find there is a schism at Fremont, they would also decide which faction is entitled to the valuable church property.This...
  • Presbyterian Church closes its doors, new ministry to open them

    12/20/2011 11:46:40 PM PST · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Cochrane Times news ^ | 8 Dec 2011 | Mark Prior
    Cochrane's Knox Presbyterian Church held its last service Sunday.The membership of the Church has declined over the years to now only being a handful, most of which commute from out of town.The lack of members resulted in difficulties with maintaining the building regularly, which lead to the collective decision to relocate.Although a snowstorm lefts road conditions difficult to drive, over a dozen people were present for the emotional and historical time.Members of different churches were present for the service in support of their fellow Christians.Speaker Clint Sheehan gave a sermon about 'Great and Sovereign Grace', sharing personal memories and related...
  • 4 area Presbyterian churches leave national denomination

    12/16/2011 8:12:42 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Dayton Daily ^ | Dec 8, 2011 | Brandon Smith-Hebson
    Four of 60 Presbyterian churches in the Miami Valley recently left their national denomination. Their ministers pointed to changes in the denomination’s constitution that paved the way for openly gay people to become ministers or church leaders, as well as changes to the way the church is governed that could provide for a more top-down leadership in the future. ..“We were concerned,” said Peter Larson, head pastor at Lebanon Presbyterian Church, “that some might see this move as creating a church that’s anti-gay people, or homophobic.” Larson’s church voted to leave the denomination. “That’s just not true. Every person is...
  • How Calvinists Spread Holiday Cheer

    11/18/2011 6:13:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 262 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 18, 2011 | Aaron Belz
    Next Thursday, as the rest of us tuck into our turkey feasts, hundreds of needy families in Southern California will open "Boxes of Love." Delivered by several churches led by Pacific Crossroads in Santa Monica, Calif., the boxes contain ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal for six. They allow impoverished families to skip food lines and neighborhood pantries and enjoy the holiday in their own homes. What's unusual about the Pacific Crossroads congregation—and what underpins efforts such as Boxes of Love—is its theologically conservative raison d'ętre. A member church of the Presbyterian Church in America, Pacific Crossroads is committed to Reformation...
  • Occupy Wall Street & Religion embrace {First Presbyterian Church and First Congregational United}

    11/14/2011 8:16:00 AM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Oregon Christian Post ^ | 27 October 2011 | Oregon Christian Post
    In Oregon, two Salem churches (First Presbyterian Church and First Congregational United Church of Christ) have opened their parking lots to local Occuppy Wall Street protestors. The Presbyterian Church is trying to make room for the daily “Occupation Tango” dance that the protesters do. Protest organizers in Boston, New York, and Chicago have made sure that religion and faith communities are an accepted and welcomed part of an economic protest that began in cities nationwide a few weeks ago. In Boston, organizers established a “Sacred Space” tent where protestors can gather, sans shoes, for spiritual reflection regardless of religious affiliation....
  • 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
    wfn.org ^ | 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
    PCANews.com ^ | 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
    Syracuse.com ^ | 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
    auburnpub.com ^ | 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
    UPI.com ^ | 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
    Pressit.com ^ | 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
    Alabama.com ^ | 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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
    WFPL.org ^ | 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
    patch.com ^ | 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:...