Same-Sex Relationships and the Ministry

The Church of Scotland are seeking out the opinions of Elders and Ministers about Same-Sex relationships within the Church.  Our Kirk Session will be holding their discussions on Wednesday 21st April and Lanark Presbytery in May.  This topic is fraught with pastoral concerns and theological understandings that threaten to divide as well as empower. 

 “Our Church (the Church of Scotland as a whole) has debated issues relating to homosexuality since the 1960s.  Views on those issues have moved over time but the Church remains deeply divided on its approach to homosexual practice, civil partnerships, and on whether a practising homosexual should be ordained as a minister.” 

The main concern of the discussions is whether practising homsexuals can hold a leadership position in the Church.   (If one is celibate there is no problem.)  For some this concern makes no sense because for them there is no issue about sexuality.  We are as God made us.  For others the Bible says it is wrong and therefore completely unacceptable for leaders within the Church to be practising homosexuals.  For most people though they have not really come to any decision because they have had no need to, and genuinely don’t know where they stand. 

In Church today we were reminded that none of us are worthy of God.  He chooses to have a relationship with us.  We all sin – whether we like it or not – none of us are perfect.  So we enter these discussions humble and conscious that all of us fall short of the glory of God.  You are welcome to post comments but the usual rules apply – this is a Christian discussion not a catfight nor a soapbox.  We genuinely want to hear what people think even if is to say I don’t know what I think…  Please feel free to speak to me any time about this topic. 

If you want to read the Discussion paper from the General Assembly then please visit

http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/extranet/xga/xgaspecialministry.htm#consultation

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