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A Presbyterian Divide Over Gay Clergy?

A Presbyterian Divide Over Gay Clergy?


The Presbyterian Church's recent move to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy may lead to a split within the denomination as conservative members meet in Minneapolis this week, The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky.,reports.

Presbyterians for Renewal executive director Reverend Paul Detterman told The Courier-Journal that the conference on Wednesday and Thursday was expected to draw a few hundred attendees, but has grown to about 2,000, comprising "people who are deeply troubled and whose integrity is deeply threatened by the move the denomination has made."

In May, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) became the latest Protestant denomination to accept gay clergy members, joining the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Episcopal Church.

The Minneapolis event will not lead to any formal votes from church officials attending, however, Detterman said.

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