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Outlook: 15 overtures, years of debate; gay ordination on GA agenda

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From Leslie Scanlon, Presbyterian Outlook -- Some Presbyterians would be thrilled never to hear the words “homosexuality” and “ordination standards” in the same sentence ever again.

That’s not going to happen. What is going to happen is that one of 18 General Assembly committees will spend hour after hour in July debating, yet again, whether the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) should keep the requirement that those being ordained practice fidelity if they are married or chastity if they are single.

Not surprisingly, more than 15 overtures relating to gay ordination are coming to this assembly – with some wanting to keep “fidelity and chastity,” some wanting to toss it out and replace it with new language, and one asking for a “season of rest,” a kind of two-year time-out on considering any changes to the ordination standards.

So the 30-year conversation will continue.

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