Day: May 10, 2011

PCUSA votes for inclusion

UPDATED: According to reports on Twitter right now, the Twin Cities Synod of the Presbyterian Church has voted overwhelmingly to support an Amendment (10-A) that would effectively change existing policy and now allow partnered LGBT clergy to serve as ordained ministers.

Diocese of Mississippi responds to flooding

With the Mississippi river reaching a near record crest today, and with the expectation that the flooding will remain severe through the end of May, church groups and others are beginning to organize a short term and long term response. The Episcopal News Service reports on the efforts of the Diocese of Mississippi.

Navy to allow same-sex weddings

According to the Navy Times, the new policy of allowing openly gay and lesbian to serve in the military has caused the Navy Chaplain Corp to issue a memo allowing for Naval Chaplains to perform same-sex marriages on navy bases. Naval facilities may be used for the reception.

Georgia Surpreme Court hearings begin

Christ Church, Savannah, the “mother church” of Georgia, had a majority of its parishioners vote to leave the Episcopal Church in 2007. The ensuing court case has finally arrived in the state Supreme Court and oral arguments began yesterday. According to reports the courtroom pews were packed with people from both sides.

What sort of victory?

The twin towers flaming, their haunting shells rising from the rubble broke through America’s collective psychological defenses with the bewildering news that some people hate us, that not everyone shares our confidence in capitalism, that the hearts of many do not warm to the slogan “Truth, Justice, and the American way.” 9/11 was an attack on our national integrity.

With one accord

Jesus, great High Priest of our profession,

We in confidence draw near;

Condescend, in mercy, the confession

Of our grateful hearts to hear;