When the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) opens tomorrow (June 20) in San Jose, CA they will again address the issue of gay and lesbian clergy. Currently the church operates under rules that require clergy to be either married or celibate.
Several new ideas have been advanced, including a proposal to redraft the language on either celibacy or marriage. The new language would alter the denominations definition of marriage to entail a committed relationship between two adults, not necessarily a man and woman. The idea has also been suggested that the General Assembly might find a way to allow local presbyteries to decide for themselves whether to ordain non-celibate gays and lesbians.
The General Assembly will gather from June 20-28, 2008. Visit the PCUSA General Assembly website.
Read the Chicago Tribune article.