2 The Star/Nov. 11,1983
Orthodox churches will "reaccess their
situation," according to a spokesman,
should the National Council of Churches
approve membership eligibility for the
Universial Fellowship of Metropolitan
Community Churches, a 27,000 member
denomination and haven for gay Christians, reports the Religious News Service.
Withdrawing from the NCC is one ofthe
options open to the nine orthodox
members of the 31-member ecumenical
council which voted on the issue Nov. 9.
The November vote will grant only eligibility, not membership—that vote will be
taken in May 1984. Orthodox representatives say that an affirmative eligibility
vote is enough for them to consider separating from the council.
Claire Randall, NCC general secretary,
said she is "very concerned" about the
Orthodox view and the division that may
result, and said that the governing board
will consider all aspects of the question.
The six Eastern and three Oriental
orthodox religions have unanimously
agreed to withdraw from NCC if the homosexual church is allowed membership.
The Metropolitan Church was founded
in 1968 by a former Pentecostal pastor for
gay church goers-
Bible Belt Gays in
Evangelical Outreach Ministries, a
Southern-based pro-gay ministry, staffed
a booth at a national Southern Baptist
Conference on social justice issues held in
Atlanta, October 6-8.
Prominent over the EOM booth was a
large sign proclaiming "Evangelical Outreach Ministries, A Voice for Lesbian and
Gay Men in the Bible Belt." The booth
featured pro-gay religious and secular
works for sale and free literature.
Responses to this unprecedented event
ranged from "shock" and "grim resignation" to "glad you are here" and even "it's
about time we started addressing this
issue." EOM spokesperson David Chewn-
ing stated, "We are elated at the warm
reception we received."
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Virginia Apuzzo, executive director of
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Congressman Bill Green, Republican
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