Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Church of Scotland Endorses Gay Minister

When Rev. Scott Rennie, who is openly gay, was appointed last year as minister of Queen's Cross Parish Church in Aberdeen, Scotland, a rift began to appear similar to that which has been experienced by the Episcopal Church over the last few years.

Rennie was elected to his post by 86% of the church's congregation, and that vote was ratified by the Presbytery of Aberdeen last January by a vote of 60 to 24.

However, the Presbytery of Lochcarron and Skye filed a motion seeking to exclude homosexuals from ministry in the Church of Scotland. Also, a group called The Fellowship of Confessing Churches collected 5,000 signatures on a petition to "defend Christian Orthodoxy" and to not "condone homosexual practice in general and among its leaders in particular".

On May 24th, CNN reported that the church's ruling body had voted 326 to 267 to support Rev. Rennie's appointment.

Read the London TimesOnline story by clicking here.
Read the CNN story by clicking here.

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