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22:11 | 22nd March 2017

News: UK

Tue 20 Apr, 2010
By Danielle Carter


This historic meeting takes place as a result of the high-profile case which came to the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly last year

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Ministers and elders are to debate gay ordination at a special meeting tonight as the Church of Scotland moves to halt a split among its members.

The Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley is to hold the historic discussion ahead of the Kirk’s General Assembly next month, which is almost certain to address the issue.

It comes after The Herald yesterday revealed to the wider public the crucial consultation document that is being used by the Kirk to find out more about members’ views.

The paper details a strong division between traditional and revisionist thinking.



The issue of gay ordination threatens the greatest schism in the Church since 1843, when one-third of its body left to form the Free Kirk.

A spokesman for the Presbytery said: “This historic meeting takes place as a result of the high-profile case which came to the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly last year.”

He referred to the case of the Reverend Scott Rennie, who is living in an openly gay relationship but whose call to a church in Aberdeen was challenged on the grounds that a homosexual lifestyle was not acceptable in the ministry.

Ministers and elders will discuss their views and complete a ballot paper.

The meeting is being held at 7pm at The Cornerstone, Bishopton, and is open to the public.

Source: The Herald - Scotland

 

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