United Church of Christ to give OK to "gay" "marriages"


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ATLANTA - A committee of United Church of Christ representatives approved a resolution Sunday that moves the church one step closer to becoming the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage.

The resolution supported by the UCC’s president, John H. Thomas, drew overwhelming support and was recommended for approval when the General Synod votes on it Monday.

It would specify that bisexual and transgender persons merit the same support and protections as gays and lesbians. The wording was revised Sunday, however, to included the “recognition that this resolution may not reflect the views or current understanding of all bodies within the gathered church.”

UCC churches are autonomous, meaning the leadership does not create policy for its more than 5,700 congregations.

Still, members of the committee acknowledged Sunday that some congregations could pull out of the church entirely if the same-sex resolution is approved as written.

“There are churches and individuals who will be deeply, deeply wounded by this decision,” said committee member Emily Jean Gilbert of Allentown, Pa. “I ask you to treat these people with respect and honor their feelings.”

Sunday’s debate and votes continued the church’s tradition of support for gays and lesbians. In the early 1970s, the UCC became the first major Christian denomination to ordain an openly gay minister. The church declared itself to be “open and affirming” of gays and lesbians 20 years ago.

In addition to the same-sex resolution, which was submitted by the Southern California and Nevada Conference, the committee of about 50 church representatives voted against adopting a resolution declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman.

Some argued the same-sex resolution contradicts Biblical instructions.

“Throughout the Scriptures, marriage is always defined as being between one man and one woman,” said the Rev. Brett Becker, pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Cibolo, Texas.

Source: news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050704/ap_on_re_us/united_church_gays_3

Any congregants from the UCC that’d wish to comment on this?


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There were some threads on the UCC a while back. From what I saw when I searched their home page myself was that this view has been already held by them for a while now, so whats this the finishing touches?
All over their site the door is wide open for those lifestyles.


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It just goes to show you that the polarization among the Christian religions widens.
Another demonination split …another added to the 30,000+

And Jeus wishes all to be One.


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If I’m not mistaken, each UCC congregation is actually a seperate entity dictating their own theology (One step away from Unitarianism, IMO) So actually each UCC is a seperate denomination in itself. OK to correct me if I’m wrong.


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[quote=badebop]If I’m not mistaken, each UCC congregation is actually a seperate entity dictating their own theology (One step away from Unitarianism, IMO) So actually each UCC is a seperate denomination in itself. OK to correct me if I’m wrong.
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I’ve heard that UCC stands for “Unitarians Considering Christ.” So you are right they are pretty loosey goosey in their theology. FWIW there are several virtually identical threads on this subject, one in Apologetics and another In The News. If you want more info check those out.

Lisa N


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