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    Walnut Creek church considers breakoff over gay clergy issue

    Mercury News - June 2, 2011

    By Deborah Burstyn

    With heads bowed in prayer one recent Sunday morning, those in the pews at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church sang a hymn praising God for being "slow to chide and quick to bless."

    Immediately following that service, most of the nearly 200 worshipers present stayed for a meeting to discuss an internal judicial action -- akin to a lawsuit against their own overseeing organization -- to legally block the ordination of a gay woman by the San Francisco Presbytery. [Read Full Story]



    Falls Church Presbyterian Pastor Hails End of Ban on Openly Gay Clergy

    Falls Church News-Press - May 31, 2011

    By Leslie Poster

    Earlier this month, the national Presbyterian Church approved a change in its constitution to allow openly gay church members to serve as ministers and church leaders. It is a change that one local church pastor says has been a long time coming.

    "It's been a Presbyterian family quarrel for about 30 years," said Jonathan Smoot, interim pastor at Falls Church Presbyterian Church. [Read Full Story]


    Presbyterians Approve Ordination of Gay People

    New York Times - May 10, 2011

    By Laurie Goodstein

    After 33 years of debate, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to change its constitution and allow openly gay people in same-sex relationships to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons.

    The outcome is a reversal from only two years ago, when a majority of the church’s regions, known as presbyteries, voted against ordaining openly gay candidates.

    This time, 19 of the church’s 173 presbyteries switched their votes from no to yes in recent months. The Twin Cities presbytery, which covers Minneapolis and St. Paul, cast the deciding vote at its meeting on Tuesday. The vote was 205 to 56, with 3 abstentions. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Craig Lassig, AP


    Presbyterian Panel Acquits Gay Minister

    In a split decision, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) panel on Monday acquitted a partnered homosexual minister, who faced charges of violating the church constitution.

    The panel of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area voted 3-3 after a trial at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church. The decision fell short of the two-thirds vote required to convict the Rev. Erwin Barron.

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