Magazine article The Christian Century

Let Denomination Split, Says PCUSA Motion

Magazine article The Christian Century

Let Denomination Split, Says PCUSA Motion

Article excerpt

A proposed resolution for this year's General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) suggests permitting congregations that support ordaining gays and lesbians to leave the denomination with their church property. Two resolutions have been drafted by Jeff Arnold of Butler, Pennsylvania, one declaring an "irreconcilable impasse" over theological matters, including the gay ordination issue, and another suggesting that progay-ordination members should leave the denomination.

"We're not trying to create division," Arnold told Presbyterian News Service. "The division already exists, and nobody has found a way to reconcile the differences."

Typically, when a Presbyterian church disbands or leaves the denomination, its property is returned to the denomination. Supporters of the resolution regarding the proposed departure of gay-ordination supporters say a change in policy would be a concession to keep the peace. Critics oppose such a separation within a church body.

The Presbytery of Beaver-Butler, a regional grouping of Presbyterians in western Pennsylvania who generally oppose gay ordination, passed both resolutions--known as "overtures"--in divided votes. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.