"I give thanks for those who disagree . . . yet know that we are one in Jesus Christ.”
October 10, 2011 11:26 AM Subscribe
On Saturday, Scott Anderson became the first openly gay person
to be ordained as a minister by the Presbyterian Church (USA)
, the nation's 10th-largest denomination. But the ceremony actually marked his second ordination, after he was forced to step down from the pulpit
, under threat of blackmail, 20 years before. At the time, Anderson had donated his pastoral stole to the Shower of Stoles Project
, including over 1000 items representing LGBT people of faith barred from the ministry. Saturday's ceremony also marked the first time that a donated object was returned to its owner.
Anderson's ordination, following a multi-year fight
, brings the number of American denominations who accept openly gay pastors to five. The other four are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
(7th), the Episcopal Church (United States)
(14th), United Churches of Christ
(21st) and the Unitarian Universalists
. Numbers here.
Anderson chose Rev. Mark Achtemeier of Dubuque to give the sermon
. Rev. Achtemeier, an "evangelical conservative," had once led the charge against gay clergy before experiencing a turnaround two years ago.
Oh -- and some folks with big stupid signs showed up, too, but they reinforced
their reputation for irony.