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Kirk approves ministers and deacons in same-sex marriages

Principal Clerk Rev John Chalmers (Photo: Church of Scotland)

The Church of Scotland‘s General Assembly has today voted to allow individual congregations to call ministers and deacons in same-sex marriages. The General Assembly voted last year to permit individual congregations to “depart” from the church’s official position, which upholds a traditional view of matrimony, and appoint ministers in civil partnerships. It also agreed to extend this to clergy in ...

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Kirk stalls on allowing ministers in same-sex marriages

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The Church of Scotland has voted to allow the ordination of clergy in same-sex marriages – but only if its presbyteries agree. Representatives at the Kirk’s General Assembly in Edinburgh, who voted on Saturday to give congregations the opportunity to appoint gay clergy in civil partnerships, made a decision to only extend this to those in same-sex marriages if a ...

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Church gay clergy vote “not equality”

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In the last couple of days a great deal has been made of the Church of Scotland’s decision to allow people in civil partnerships to serve as deacons and ministers. This follows the appointment of the Rev Scott Rennie to Queens Cross Church in Aberdeen six years ago, and the recent vote of the Church’s 45 presbyteries to approve the ...

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Should we “think Church” before we vote?

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“Think ‘church’ before you vote – and punish candidates who believe in marriage equality (i.e. don’t believe in the ‘sanctity of marriage’”). That’s the view of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Paisley, Rt Rev John Keenan, who was one of the authors of a “pastoral letter” read in every Scottish Catholic church last Sunday. The faithful were told that “life, ...

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Church of Scotland Moderator to support pro equality Stornoway congregation

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The Moderator of the Church of Scotland is to visit Stornoway and preach to the isles’ congregation who stayed with the church following the gay clergy row. The Right Reverend John Chalmers, Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, had previously tried to prevent a split in the congregation of Stornoway High, which was one of the Kirk’s biggest ...

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