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    Entries in Gay Ordination (3)

    Sunday
    Jan292012

    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

    Tuesday
    May312011

    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]

    Wednesday
    May112011

    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