Magazine article The Christian Century

Presbyterians Elect Rogers as Moderator

Magazine article The Christian Century

Presbyterians Elect Rogers as Moderator

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The nation's largest Presbyterian body opened its annual General Assembly meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, by electing as moderator a long-time California academic who is liberal on gay ordination but says he agrees with evangelicals on nearly every other issue.

Jack Rogers, who taught at evangelical Fuller Theological Seminary and retired last year as vice president of San Francisco Theological Seminary's Southern California program, easily won on the first ballot June 9, receiving 55 percent of the 524 votes cast by commissioners for four candidates. As moderator of the 2.5-million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Rogers presided over the eight-day meeting and will travel as a spokesman for the denomination in the next 12 months.

(A full report on the PCUSA General Assembly will appear in the next issue of the CENTURY.)

Delegates ultimately decide the church's positions on gay ordination and disputes over theology, but Rogers's election was seen as significant for the church's progressive wing. At the same time, Rogers told reporters that "I count many friends on both sides of this divide. …

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