PCUSA court rules, and I weep

/ 21 February 2008

I’m only just now catching up on this news, but the PCUSA High Court formally ruled on February 11th that noncelibate lesbian and gay clergy are unequivocally barred. Since — aside from Massachusetts, and I have no idea how this affects Presbyterians in MA — there is no way to be married and gay in most of the US, there is no alternative to celibacy. I have written repeatedly over the years in this blog about the theological, political, and practical issues involved. I won’t repeat myself. But I am deeply saddened by this decision, and ache at the wound that continues to bleed in the heart of our communities. Yesterday in chapel our guest preacher talked about love, and the love that is at the heart of our witness as Christians. It’s very hard for me to believe that this kind of action on the part of the PCUSA shines forth much love.