Monday, July 12, 2010

Summing up the 219th General Assembly of the PCUSA

The did a nice job of summing up what happened at the recent General Assembly, as well as what now has to happen in the years go come. The only thing the missed was same-sex benefits through the Board of Pensions.

From the
Delegates at the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday in Minneapolis to advance a proposal to allow gay clergy, but they decided against allowing same-sex marriages by a close margin. The gay clergy proposal now must be approved by a majority of the church’s 173 presbyteries, which rejected a similar measure two years ago.

According to the Associated Press, “Both of Thursday's votes were close. Fifty-one percent of delegates voted to shelve the proposal to redefine marriage as being between ‘two people’ instead of between ‘a man and a woman,’ just hours after 53 percent of them voted to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy.”

A motion to reconsider the marriage vote failed by a wider margin Friday, the AP reported. Church committees will spend the next two years until the next general assembly reviewing the issue.

With 2.8 million members the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is the 10th largest church in the United States

Now we go to work! It will be time to educate, to draw in resources to help people understand what is marriage and what it means to have out LGBTQ clergy, etc.



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