Monday, February 23, 2009

Hope

I have always known that our denomination would eventually permit ordination of gays and lesbians. The question has always been when? Now that I live in Memphis, I better understand what folks in conservative presbyteries are up against. Up to now, I have been privileged to be part of really great presbyteries. I was an elder in Western Reserve and a minister in Lake Michigan. Both are loving supportive presbyteries.

Back to hope. The number of flipping presbyteries this year is amazing. And some of the ones that have switched is also amazing. I read on one blog that there seems to be no coorelation (at least that's they way I read the blog) between churches leaving presbyteries and the switch in votes.

Maybe not this year, but next time I think it will happen. Praise God!

4 comments:

cheesehead said...

Well, here in the Presbytery of Dinky (so called because it is one of the geographically smallest) we have a long and proud history of being on the progressive side of the debates, having very publically ordained an "out" person a few years ago. Our vote is tomorrow. I suspect I know what the result will be, same as it has been every other time this issues is brought up.

But Saturday, at a training event, there were folks from the "other side" doing what I can only call openly campaigning for their point of view. (They were passing out letters to anyone who would take one.) I found it a little disturbing but also it showed their desperation, so in that sense they tipped their hand just a little.

I too am hopeful.

Gannet Girl said...

Amen to this.

Gannet Girl said...

I meant to the original post.

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