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    Sausalito Presbyterian Church welcomes first openly gay pastor

    By Rob Rogers, Marin Independent Journal - January 29, 2012

    When he was 18 years old, Paul Mowry came out to his mother 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. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Michael Short, Special to the IJ


    Edina pastor leads Presbyterian splinter group

    By Rose French, Star Tribune - January 24, 2012

    Presbyterians not happy with the denomination's move last year to allow for openly gay and lesbian clergy to serve in the church have formed a new religious body, led by an Edina pastor.

    The Rev. John Crosby, pastor of the 5,000-member Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, will serve as president of the small breakaway movement to be called the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, according to the Presbyterian News Service.

    "This is an uncertain time," said Crosby, the news service reported. "We are not angry, we are determined ... we are not 'after' or 'against' them -- we all need time, space and grace. ... We want to flesh out the options and then let God lead so we have the sense that we're all working together." [Read Full Story]


    Memories of a gay man's suicide loom over Fremont Presbyterian Church

    By Jennifer Garza, The Sacramento Bee - January 1, 2012

    On July 23, 1992, Thomas Paniccia, an Air Force sergeant, announced he was gay on national television. On the anniversary of that day 15 years later, Paniccia drove to an undeveloped cul-de-sac in Roseville several blocks from his home and waited to die.

    Paniccia, 43, had swallowed an overdose of prescription pills and placed a three-page letter on his dashboard. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by David Larson


    Four Ohio Churches Leave PC(USA) Over Gay Clergy Policy

    By Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post - December 9, 2011

    Fallout over the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s decision to allow noncelibate homosexuals to serve as clergy continues as four Ohio churches have voted to leave the denomination.

    All four congregations voted overwhelmingly to leave the Miami Valley Presbytery of PC(USA), which is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio.

    First Presbyterian Church of Greenville was one of the four that left, with 92.3 percent of its congregation voting to disaffiliate with PC(USA). [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Barbara Perenic


    Gay clergy row threatens mass resignations from Church of Scotland

    By Severin Carrell, The Guardian Scotland Correspondent - November 14, 2011

    The Church of Scotland is braced for mass resignations over moves to allow the ordination of gay ministers, with up to 150 conservative and evangelical ministers threatening to quit, the Guardian can reveal.

    The rebellion began after the Church of Scotland became the first major presbyterian church in the world to allow openly gay and lesbian ministers to take up parishes at its general assembly in May, despite evidence that 20% of its elders and office-bearers could leave in protest.

    The assembly also opened the way for the full ordination of gay ministers in the 450-year-old church within two years. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Murdy Macleod