Archive for the ‘Presbyterian’ Category

Presbyterians Reject Marriage Equality

July 10, 2010

Despite a committee recommendation, the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly voted down a proposal to allow same-sex couples to marry. However, the assembly did vote to allow non-celibate lgbt people to be ordained. The ordination policy will only become effective once it has been voted on by regional Presbyteries throughout the United States.

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Presbyterian Committee OKs Same-Sex Marriage

July 7, 2010

The Presbyterian Church (USA) could become the nation’s largest Christian denomination to approve of same-sex marriage. At the denomination’s General Assembly in Minneapolis, a committee put forth a recommendation in favor¬†of allowing for same-sex marriage in the church. Another committee recommended ordaining non-celibate gays and lesbians. Both measures would have to gain approval from regional presbyteries before going into effect.

The denomination currently has just over 2 million members – down from a peak of 4.25 million in 1965. The Chicago Presbytery includes 100 churches with a total of 40,000 members.

Since 2000, the denomination has allowed Presbyterian ministers and churches to bless same-sex relationships. The denomination also has officially endorsed state civil unions for same-sex couples since 2004.

Many Presbyterian clergy in Illinois have signed the faith petition to show their support for the civil unions bill. See a full list of signers here.

Whether you are Presbyterian or a member of any other religious denomination or tradition, please add your name here.

Where Does Your Denomination Stand?

June 9, 2010

Yesterday, I shared a link to Pride month resources from The Religious Institute. Today, I want to share another fantastic resource from the same organization.

The Religious Institute recently launched a searchable database of statements from many major denominations regarding issues related to sexuality, including marriage equality.

The database includes the statements from the following traditions that have expressed support for marriage equality:
Unitarian Universalist Association, 1996
Union for Reform Judaism, 1997
Society for Humanistic Judaism, 2004
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, 2004
United Church of Christ, 2005
Metropolitan Community Churches, undated

Other traditions have issued more nuanced statements that indicate steps toward recognizing same-sex couples, while stopping short of full equality:
United Methodist Church, 2004
Presbyterian Church (USA), 2004
Episcopal Church, 2006
Episcopal Church, 2009
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2009

Of course, official denominational statements offer only a partial picture. In every denomination that has embraced marriage equality, there are undoubtedly many clergy and lay members who still oppose it. And likewise, in even the most conversative traditions, there are those who support the equality for same-sex couples. Nonetheless, taken collectively, these official statements are important signs of movement toward greater openness and respect.

Chicago Area Churches Celebrate Pride Month

June 3, 2010

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches has announced a series of June events in honor of Pride month.

JUNE (various dates) – CLASS/COACHING GROUP – “Choose Life: A Heart-Centered Approach at Coming Out Crossroads” by Rev. Jacki Belile, a lesbian Baptist minister & spiritual life coach at Living Well Ministries, 6554 N. Rockwell. 7 PM to 9 PM (Tuesdays June 8-22). $15/session. Optional Meditation 7-7:20 PM/ Program 7:30-9 PM. Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.livingwellministries.net jacki@livingwellministries.net 773-655-4357.

JUNE 9 – WORSHIP SERVICE – Annual Pride gathering at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 716 W. Addison. 7 PM. Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.lakeviewpresbyterian.org joy@lakeviewpresbyterian.org 773-281-2655.

JUNE 16 – ECUMENICAL SERVICE – “Any Body, Every Body, Christ’s Body: Celebrating 25 Years Being Open and Affirming” at Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 West Kirchoff Rd., Arlington Heights, IL. 7:30 PM. Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.congucc.org conguccah1@sbcglobal.net 847-392-6650.

JUNE 23 – EUCHARIST/HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATION – “From Promise to Pride” at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3309 N. Seminary. 7 PM. Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.rlclakeview.com office@rlclakeview.com 773-525-0605.

JUNE 26 – WORKSHOP – “Befriending the Bible: Reading Condemnation with CARE” by Living Well Ministries, 6554 N. Rockwell. Led by Rev. Jacki Belile, a lesbian Baptist minister & spiritual life coach. 1 PM to 4 PM. Pre-registration required: $45 ($35 if paid by June 10). Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.livingwellministries.net jacki@livingwellministries.net 773-655-4357.

For a complete list of Chicago area pride events, visit the Chicago Pride Calendar.