One-third of Methodist clergy in New England would break rules on same-sex marriages

  • metta

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    Jul 18, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    One-third of Methodist clergy in New England would break rules on same-sex marriages

    http://www.projo.com/news/content/METHODIST_EQUALITY_DEBATE_07-18-11_B5P77KJ_v27.35fbe.html
  • tazzari

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    Jul 18, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    It's purely anecdotal, but I suspect from the ones I've spoken to, that a similar number of Episcopal clergy feel the same way.

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    Jul 18, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    If they have made the lifestyle choice to be a Priest, then they need to obey, and live by the rules handed down to them by the Church heads of State. if not then they need to be excommunicated. Then they can go forth with fee will.
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    Jul 28, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    Very good to hear.

    The minister of my Methodist congregation has performed a few same-sex marriage ceremonies in the homes of some of our members. Although those marriages aren't recognized by many in the upper reaches of the United Methodist Church, all that matters is that God recognizes it and that the couples are truly dedicated to their vows and each other.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jul 28, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    My Aunt is a Methodist minister for one of the largest congregations in Pennsylvania. She recognizes and understands-- and will never challenge-- my agnosticism.

    But she has outwardly offered to perform a marriage ceremony "under the eyes of God" should I ever find the right guy and choose to marry him in a church.