We are overjoyed and grateful to announce that the 219th General Assembly voted for Ordination Equality moments ago. The Assembly approved by 53 to 46% the majority report from the Church Orders Committee which sent the "Revise-B" Ordination Overture from the Presbytery of Western Reserve to the Assembly for consideration.
This Ordination Overture offers our Church one ordination standard for all people in the Presbyterian Church (USA) regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status and any other human condition.
We are grateful to God for this pro-LGBT victory. We are grateful to all of the Sessions, congregations and presbyteries that sent Ordination Equality Overtures to this Assembly.
We are grateful to all those who support More Light Presbyterians and our allies who made this historic moment possible. We are grateful for your financial and spiritual support that makes possible a "MLP GA Team" working here on the ground in Minneapolis.
We certainly celebrate and savor this joyous moment. And, because this is an Overture calling for a change in the Book of Order it will need to be ratified by a simple majority of our 173 Presbyteries.
So, let us all celebrate and give thanks to God for this moment of justice and love. And, the ratification work begins now….
With hope and grace,
PS — Please keep praying for the Assembly — the Marriage Equality Votesare set for tonight! For more news and stories, check out the blog at http://www.ga219.org/
Michael J. Adee, M.Div., Ph.D., Executive Director & Field Organizer
More Light Presbyterians, 369 Montezuma Avenue # 447, Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA (505) 577-0086, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mlp.org