15 overtures, years of debate (10 years ago)

10 years ago — June 28, 2010

“One of 18 General Assembly committees will spend hour after hour in July debating, yet again, whether the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) should keep the requirement that those being ordained practice fidelity if they are married and chastity if they are single. … The 30-year conversation will continue. It will be this way because the PC(USA) is, along with other mainline denominations, locked in a struggle that reflects both theological teachings and changing views in the secular culture over homosexuality. In some ways, the debate seems to have gone on forever — renewing the arguments, year after year, arguments that for some cut to the heart of what they believe about scriptural authority and what the Bible teaches about inclusiveness and God’s love for all.” Lutherans, Episcopalians and Methodists have all been wrestling with the same issues about ordination of gays and lesbians and same-sex marriage. There will be 15 overtures on this topic coming before the 219th General Assembly.

From “15 overtures, years of debate; gay ordination on GA agenda” by Leslie Scanlon