The post previous to this, filled with alphabet soup of sections from esoteric sounding tomes such as "The Book of Order" and "The Confessions" amounts to this:
At our semi-annual Big Meet-Up, taking place as I type this in San Jose, a committee has voted-- by the largest margin a committee has ever voted on this matter-- to remove language from our constitution that has sought to prohibit LGBTQ folks from being ordained to ministry.
It has sought to do so. It has failed miserably. Throughout this denomination faithful people are trying to serve the church and live good lives, all the while living in relationships with persons of the same sex. They're everywhere-- closeted and uncloseted, pastors, elders and deacons. They're already here. They're already serving God and the church and the people with all the energy, intelligence, imagination and love they can gather. They're doing it quietly, or loudly. In some places they are able to be more open than others.
This language has been in our consitution the entire time I have been a Presbyterian (it preceded me by two years). It's time to remove it. It's well past time. It never should have been.
Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly
of the faithful.
Rainbow stole by "Bless My Stole."