Target: Reverend John L McPake
Goal: Commend the Church of Scotland General Assembly for allowing openly gay ministers in the church
In its most recent General Assembly, leaders of the Church of Scotland ruled that gay ministers will soon be allowed to preach in the church. This is an important step towards the church’s acceptance of all people, and for homosexuals who wish to be part of their religious communities all across the world. The decision established a common ground between traditionalists and revisionists, allowing each church to decide for itself it it wants to accept a gay minister.
When announcing the General Assembly’s decision, moderator Right Reverend Lorna Hood said “This is a massive vote for the peace and unity of the Church,” calling to attention the positive message the decision sends to the world. By exemplifying acceptance, the Church of Scotland is quite literally “practicing what they preach.” Despite the misgivings of some church members, the decision is generally believed to be helpful in uniting the global religious community under the banner of social peace.
This decision means that openly gay ministers will be allowed to minister to individual churches. However, an individual church can still deny a gay minister from speaking to them through a “Kirk Session.” This puts the Church of Scotland ahead of the Church of England, which still does not accept gay clergy. This decision comes after England and Wales’ legalization of same-sex marriage and Scotland drafting its own legislation earlier in the year.
Dear Reverend John L McPake,
We would like to commend you for bringing the issue of homosexual ministers to the Church of Scotland General Assembly. We think that it is very important that the Church send out a message of unity to the rest of the world. By using the moral authority of the Church of Scotland, you have proposed the idea that homosexual activity is not only allowed in the general population but also in the leadership of the church.
We would like to encourage you to continue spreading the message of equality and unity throughout the United Kingdom, beginning with the Church of England. By uniting people through a common goal, it is possible to put an end to hatred across the world. Thank you for taking the first steps toward this goal, and helping to ensure that people of every orientation are accepted by their religions.
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