Thursday, December 30, 2010

Let's Hear if for Stan Kimer!

And congrats to Stan Kimer, a lay leader at St. John's Metropolitan Church in Raleigh, NC, who is now the face of the North Carolina Council of Churches as President of the Council. This is a one year term, in which a second year is not unheard of. He is not the Executive Director, which is a whole other title and office with certain responsibilities.

What is interesting was the reports re: how other denominations and Churches, e.g., some Baptists, United Methodists, and Roman Catholic Church thinks about this because of their reservation about openly LGBTQ people in ordained positions (from AP report):

The election also doesn't necessarily reflect a major change in Christian thinking in North Carolina. Most of the council's members are mainline Protestant groups whose national denominations have been moving in recent years to accept expanded roles for gays and lesbians. The state branch of the Southern Baptist Convention, arguably the most prominent Christian group in North Carolina, is not a member of the council of churches.

Both Roman Catholic dioceses in North Carolina are members of the council, and Reed said Kimer's election was more about his personal qualities and the role of the council as an organizing body for activism than about theological changes in the member churches.

"Most of our members are still having internal conversations, dialogue and debate about this issue, at varying degrees of intensity," he said.

Please! Stop it! This is homophobic writing. First, Mr. Kimer is not being ordained, nor is he ordained, even in his own denomination which is openly LGBTQ. Second, he is simply the President of the Council for a term of one year, and does not have any power for celebrating any sacraments. By the way, I did not see anyone asking the MCC how it squared its belief system with homophobic denominations and churches of the NC Council. Interesting, yes?

However, he is the public face of the Council, and this is good, because it shows the ability to hold together a diversity of faith traditions under one umbrella, which is what most Councils do, e.g., the NCCC and WCC.

Congrats, Stan!

And for those who are wary of all this, welcome to what God is doing in this world: still creating and promoting justice, peace, and love.



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