Sharon Youngs - May 10, While the Office of the General Assembly awaits official tallies, it appears that a majority of the presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church U. Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates. The new provision reaffirms the long-held right and responsibility of ordaining bodies local church sessions for deacons and elders or presbyteries for ministers to determine the suitability of each candidate for ordination. The effect of the new language also opens up the possibility that persons in same-gender relationships can be considered for ordination.
Presbyterian Church of Canada Overturns Ordination of Gay Minister
Presbyterians Ban Gay Ordination / No latitude for local churches
By Andrew Stern. The debate over whether gays should be ordained as ministers has led to sharp divisions within several Protestant faiths. Some congregations out of 11, have left the Presbyterian church in the past five years, including a few large ones, church sources said. A majority of the regions, or presbyteries, supported the long-debated change in the constitution of the 2. The 87th, and deciding, vote was cast on Tuesday by the liberal Minneapolis-St.
Presbyterians Approve Ordination of Gay People
After 33 years of debate, the Presbyterian Church U. The Twin Cities presbytery, which covers Minneapolis and St. Paul, cast the deciding vote at its meeting on Tuesday. The vote was to 56, with 3 abstentions.
A debate that has raged within the Presbyterian Church for more than three decades culminated Tuesday with ratification of a measure allowing the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers and lay leaders, while giving regional church bodies the ability to decide for themselves. With the vote of its regional organization in Minnesota, the Presbyterian Church USA became the fourth mainline Protestant church to allow gay ordination, following the Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran churches and the United Church of Christ. The Minnesota vote was closely followed by one in Los Angeles. But under church rules, such changes must then be ratified by a majority of the regional organizations known as presbyteries.