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Title Houston Voice, No. 1173, April 18, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 18, 2003
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com APRIL 18, 2003 7 I national news Gay marriages could lead to pastor's removal PRESBYTERIAN TRIAL, continued from Page 6 March 13, 2002, on behalf of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church of Newport Beach, Calif. An elder anywhere in the U.S. may file a disciplinary case, according to Michael ' Adee, national field organizer for More Light Presbyterians and gay elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, N.M. More Light Presbyterians, a national group that strives for the full participation of gays in the Presbyterian Church, monitors constitutional wrangling and works 'with ministers and congregations to be gay inclusive. Adee said that more than two dozen cases similar to Van Kuiken's are on file, the majority brought by Jensen. "This is a remarkable invitation for the Presbyterian Church to remove prejudice and bigotry that exists," Adee said. But Alexander Metherell, an ordained elder at St. Andrew's in California and Jensen's neighbor, views the current state of affairs in the church as a result of misinterpretation of scripture through a "secular lens" and a meltdown of traditional church values. Metherell called for a special assembly of the church's leaders last year to confront the "breakdown of the constitution of the church." But the call for action was not granted by Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, the Rev. Steve Van Kuiken, tried last week on charges of ignoring the ban on gay marriages in the Presbyterian Church (USA), awaits a verdict that could remove him from the ministry. (Photo by AP) elected moderator of the 2.5-million member church and an Atlanta, Ga., pastor. "There is definitely a constitutional crisis of the church," Metherell said. "If this judicial commission finds him not guilty they ... will effectively be shredding the entire constitution." Adee argues that the Presbyterian tradition calls for unity and not for the uni formity that Metherell and Jensen seek to maintain through court trials and special assemblies, he said. "If someone else's personal life is not harmful to anyone else, it is not anyone else's business," Adee said. Hurdle to gay integration? For groups like More Light Presbyterians that attempt to work within the confines of the church's constitution to enact change, Van Kuiken's outright defiance of church law can be problematic, said Chris Glaser, gay Presbyterian author of "Coming Out to God" and "Uncommon Calling." "We are all chained at the hip and if one decided to jump over the cliff, he or she would pull everyone with them," Glaser said. Gay-friendly church groups "are afraid [Van Kuiken's trial] will have deleterious effects on us all," he added. Glaser began working to integrate gays into the Presbyterian Church nearly 30 years ago, when the predecessor group to More Light Presbyterians formed in 1974. If Van Kuiken's trial ends with a guilty verdict, the church court could redefine the code to be more restrictive in allowing gay men and lesbians to become elders or deacons, Glaser said. "The more ambiguous the language, the better off we are," he said. Rev. Harold Porter, pastor emeritus at Mount Auburn, follows the More Light movement method of working from within for change "just like gays have to attempt to become first class citizens of the U.S. without leaving the U.S.," he said. Porter has a case pending for performing a holy union service years ago when he served as the church's pastor. He said he does not plan to see the case to trial or to make the same bold statement made by Van Kuiken. "I'm mostly concerned with trying to work within the constitution, although I'm fully in agreement with the theological attitudes of Steve Van Kuiken," he said. If Van Kuiken is found guilty by a two- thirds vote, the Cincinnati judicial commission can punish him with public rebuke, temporary suspension and removal from the ministry. Van Kuiken can appeal the decision. O MORE INFO Presbyterian Church USA 100 Witherspoon St. Louisville, KY 40202 800-872-3283 www.pcusa.org Christ Church Cathedral WELCOMES YOU AND INVITES YOU TO ATTEND OUR EASTER SERVICES Good Friday, April 18 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, Golding Chapel 12:00 p.m. Proper Liturgy for Good Friday, Cathedral ' 5:15 p.m. Station.-* of the Cross (Spanish) * 6:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross (English)* Easter Eve, April 19 8:00 p.iti.The Great Vigil of Easter * Easter Day, April 20 7:00it.m. Holy Eucharist and Sermon Rite I 9:00 a.m. Festival Eucharist and Sermon Rite IT a.m. Festival Eucharist and Sermon Rite I* 1.00 p.m. Domingo de Pascua, Cathedral 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Sermon Rite II. Chapel * Infant care,g8p_ci! in the Jones Education Building Music this EAsmMt The Day of Resurrection will be greeted at Christ Church Cathedral with brass and organ, choirs and timpani.At 9 o'clock the Parish Choir will sing the joyous anthem Most Glorious Lord of Life by Williams Harris. Communion music will include carols and anthoss by Alice Parker and MelchiorVulpius. Choral music at the 11 o'clock celebration will feature the Cathedral Choir singing the brilliant FestivalTe Deuin by Ralph Vaugllim William^ and the Missa Brevis by Simon Preston, former Master of the Choristers at'Westminster Abbey. As in the past, an en: of brass and percussion second to none will join tin in providing music at botl i hrist Church Cathedral (Episcopal) is located at 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston.TX, 77002. For m< ion, please call 713-222-2593 or visit us online at www.christdii _cheathedral.org
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