Unitarians (including those in Scotland) have been welcoming openly LGBT members since 1970, ordaining openly LGBT ministers since 1977, offering same-sex blessings for decades, and campaigning for same-sex weddings and religious civil partnerships. Frankly, I am amazed that other churches have yet to resolve this issue.
All I see is they are stalling and by doing so showing open discrimination. Indeed as Yewtree suggests many religions could take a leaf out of groups like the Quakers and Unitarians and bring themselves up to date.
When will people wake up and realise that “God’s will” is always twisted to suit the prejudices of the human beings that are extolling it.
What happened to the tradition of congregational autonomy that is supposed to characterise Calvinism? Let congregations who want to employ l&g ministers do so, and those who don’t, not (but no public money or tax relief, sorry). Or is it just a case of insisting that your club is only for people who pander to your every stipulated fetish and prejudice? So it would seem.
Credit where it’s due – there are some very committed people on both sides of this issue. Yes, some clergy are threatening to split the CoS is gay ministers or members are allowed, but there are some very good people there too, and they want us to be welcomed like everyone else. It will be the most controversial assemblies in living memory.
If you’re interested, you can find the report to the General Assembly, from the Special Commission on same-sex relationships and the ministry, here:
Have skimmed over this stuff and it looks remarkably like what the Anglicans were putting out 30 + years ago. I wonder they don’t all die of boredom. But then an essentially sealed-off and static world appeals to a lot of religious folk (not that it’s really static – they just like to pretend they never change their minds about anything).
Thanks for this – I’d been looking for the Report, but hadn’t been able to find it! I’ll now read it – and perhaps some of the other ‘correspondents’ might do the same? :-)
talk about splitting hairs
claiming homosexuals (LBG) is ‘contrary to god’s will’ is still homophobia
it also encourages people to be homopobes