A sermon series by the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey K. Krehbiel, pastor of Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, DC, exploring Genesis 2, Genesis 38, Genesis 19, Romans 1, and I Corinthians 7.
David Jensen: “The biblical authors and Reformed heritage both assume that a marriage covenant is between a man and a woman. The question of same-sex marriage simply does not enter their interpretive world. Since the church must continually re-interpret its heritage in light of new questions in the attempt to be faithful to the Good News of Jesus Christ, Presbyterians are warranted in asking whether or not the distinctive strands of our tradition would allow for or prohibit same-sex unions or marriages. The burden for either side, in my opinion, lies in whether proposals for same-sex unions meet the theological criteria for marriages outlined in our tradition: May such unions, as Westminster stresses, serve the common good? Are they dim reflections of God’s covenant with humanity, as the Old Testament suggests? Do they direct human persons to one another and to the ultimacy of God’s Reign as the New Testament upholds? Do they, as Calvin urged, model restraint from sin and joy in companionship? Do they, however imperfectly, anticipate God’s communion with all creation in Christ, as our liturgy celebrates?”
As your congregation and presbytery begin to plan for the discussion of Amendment 14-F, Marriage – On Amending W-4.9000, Westminster John Knox Press has provided a study guide to accompany the new book by the Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier, The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart.
Regional conferences in 7 areas will begin in October, continuing the focus on “Marriage Matters” as the PCUSA considers the amendment to the Book of Order’s marriage description proposed by the 221st General Assembly. Join us in Springfield, Philadelphia, Memphis, Newport Beach, Richmond, Baton Rouge, or Mercer Island!
Former Covenant Network Board member Kent Organ reflects on the joy of witnessing the wedding of Gerri Mead and Gail Russell at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, where he had served as Interim Pastor: ‘ Lincoln Park’s current pastor, Beth Buckingham-Brown, said that this wedding was performed “by the authority of the State of Illinois.” Just before that, her co-officiant, a longtime friend, supporter and adviser to Gail and Gerri — as to many gay and lesbian couples in our denomination — the Rev. Janie Spahr, declared, “By the authority of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)…” and we all erupted in enthusiastic and sustained applause.’