Presbyteries have now voted YES! The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA) now includes all loving and committed couples. Amendment 14F was ratified by 51% of our Presbyteries.
Here we go:
I am one of those women who has been planning her wedding since before she started dating. My Pinterest board can attest to this. I wanted a long, lace,appropriately modest dress and calla lillies.
A year and a half ago, I was asked by a couple from Alabama to perform their wedding.
From faiths of all traditions, we clergy stood waiting to be selected like kids on a childhood playground. People from all walks of life had gathered: gay, straight, couples, singles, families with children, black, white, Latino, and Asian. People mingled introducing one to another.
It was a glorious day! It was the first day my marriage of 37 years to Paula was deemed legal in the state where we make our home—Florida!
But in the middle of our marriage equality celebration—there was a lesson about race.
This past week, I have sat at the Table. Not just any table, but the Table of Christ, around which I have gathered since I was a child.
This week, however, the Table looked different than I have ever imagined.
Detroit, MI – Today, the 221st General Assembly of the nearly two million member Presbyterian Church (USA) made history as it affirmed the marriages of same-sex couples.
The Assembly voted 429 to 175 to update the language about marriage from a "man and a woman" to "two persons" in the PC(USA) constitution.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. (Revelation 3:20)
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will soon make headlines, one way or another.
Love is one of the things that makes us, as a people, thrive. We love our families. We love our friends. We grow to love those in our communities. We love those in our church. And we even love those who are in our schools. Love is a matter of the heart. Most persons who have found love can testify that it was heart over mind, a feeling over teaching—spirit over doctrine.