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    Friday
    Sep232011

    First gay man to be ordained in Presbyterian Church USA since historic vote 

    By Rose French, StarTribune - September 23, 2011

    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. 

    Scott Anderson, who serves as executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, will be ordained to the Ministry of Teaching Elder. An estimated 400 people from around the country are expected to attend the service, which is being held Oct. 8 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wis. [Read Full Story]

    Saturday
    Sep032011

    Top Presbyterian official, in Rochester, discusses decision to ordain gays, lesbians 

    By Sean Dobbin, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - September 3, 2011

    The More Light Presbyterians, a coalition committed to increasing the involvement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in the Presbyterian Church, held a national meeting in Rochester today, the first such meeting since the denomination voted in May to allow members of the LGBT community to be ordained.

    More than 100 people were in attendance at the Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, where Cynthia Bolbach, moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA), delivered the keynote address. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Aug262011

    Mexican Presbyterian church severs ties with US Presbyterians over gay clergy

    Associated Press - August 26, 2011

    Presbyterians in Mexico are breaking ties with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) because of differences over homosexuality.

    The theologically conservative National Presbyterian Church of Mexico voted to stop working with the U.S. denomination. U.S. Presbyterians voted last May to remove barriers for ordaining people in same-sex relationships. The churches share a 139-year history and a network of social service ministries that spans the Mexican-U.S. border. [Read Full Story]

    Tuesday
    Aug022011

    Presbyterian church OKs gay pastor's return to ministry

    By Annysa Johnson, Journal Sentinel - August 2, 2011

    Twenty-one years after leaving the Presbyterian pulpit because he is gay, Scott Anderson, executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, has been cleared to return to ministry, the church's highest court ruled in a decision made public Tuesday.

    The Presbyterian Church USA's Permanent Judicial Commission on Monday dismissed an appeal aiming to block Anderson's ordination, saying a 2011 change in church law that opened the door to gay and lesbian clergy rendered the appeal moot. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by WNPG.org

     

     

    Friday
    Jun102011

    Irish church 'alarm' over gay clergy

    Belfast Telegraph - June 10, 2011

    By Alf McCreary

    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. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by carryduff-presbyterian.org.uk