Indiana 2012 Ordination Resolution

Vote for the Resolution

On the morning of Saturday, September 29, 2012, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana at its Regional Assembly will consider a resolution that would remove sexual orientation as a criteria for being ordained in Indiana. Three other DoC regions will consider similar resolutions this year. I had the privilege of being one of the four (4) contributing authors of the Indiana resolution. The congregation of which I am a member is one of the six (6) sponsors of the resolution. Here is a link to that resolution as a PDF file formatted to fit on two pages: Ordination Resolution final 2-page

During the Saturday business session, there will be 48 minutes for debate of the resolution. The speakers, alternating between pro and con, will each be allowed two (2) minutes to make a statement. Here is a link to a PDF file of what I would say if there was no such time restriction: Ordination Resolution Regional Assembly Comments

Use the comment box below to leave your response. Comments are invited and encouraged and welcomed.

Our gay sisters and brothers are not our enemies. Our gay sisters and brothers are not the scapegoats we send into the desert to carry away our sins of bigotry and willful ignorance and unholy exclusion. Our gay sisters and brothers are not a problem. It is our treatment of our gay sisters and brothers that is the problem. There is no secular basis or justification and there is no biblical basis or justification for the way we are treating, for the way we are abusing our gay sisters and brothers. Specifically, in this Indiana region, we accept people into a seminary journey that can last as long as six years and cost tens of thousands of dollars (usually covered by long-term student loans) and subject them to the associated deprivations, rigors, and stress of obtaining an advanced degree and then at the successful end of their academic journey, deny them ordination. That is – deny ordination to those who are truthful about who they are. To gay seminary students who lie or who are quiet about their sexual orientation; under the current ordination policy and process, we accept their request for ordination. This process is politely referred to as having no integrity. That description is both insufficient and inaccurate. It is a disgraceful process that is immoral because it is fraudulent. We punish people for being truthful and we reward people for being deceptive and then subliminally encourage them to continue that deception into their ministry. It is a process that needs to be replaced with a process that is just and compassionate and has moral integrity in its application and, consequently, rewards and encourages openness and honesty. Why? Because we do not treat people the way we are treating our gay candidates for ordination. We are divinely called to offer justice that is fair and restorative. We are to offer compassion that is generous and hospitable and healthy. Why? Because we are followers of Jesus. Because we worship a God of unrestrained love and unconditional grace.



2 thoughts on “Indiana 2012 Ordination Resolution

  1. Congratulations on your resolution and may God bless the deliberations at your convention. In 1988 The United Church of Canada voted that sexual orientation should not be a barrier to ordination, but acceptance by the church of that policy has been a struggle. There are still congregations who use a process “without integrity” to ensure that the minister they hire is heterosexual. In August of this year we elected as our spiritual leader (called Moderator) a gay man. Rev. Gary Paterson’s sexual orientation was not an issue for most commissioners at our triennial convention, he was simply the best person for the job. It is a long road, but well worth the struggle! Someday it truly will not matter. Perhaps that day will be the day we glimpse the kingdom of God?
    Patti Rodgers
    Tottenham Rich Hill United Church

  2. The link to the resolution is not working. Can you post it?

    Rev. Nancy E. Brink
    The Donna (Ford) and Fahmy Attallah Endowed Director of Church Relations
    Chapman University
    One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
    Telephone 714.628.7246 Fax 714.744.7860 Mobile Phone 402.312.0409

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    If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would write a book about how Christianity has successfully dethroned Jesus as Lord to such a degree that the “Jesus” who is preached, pasted on bumpter stickers, serenaded in gooey love songs on religious radio and TV, and prayed to is an imposter.”
    Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy, p 94

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