Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Church of Scotland and Gay Ministers
The timesonline reports that the Church of Scotland magazine, Life and Work, is supporting gay partnerships with an editorial by Muriel Armstrong at the head. This is little more than a propaganda exercise in view of a forthcoming General Assembly that will deal with the matter of the appointment of a gay minister in Aberdeen who is currently occuping the manse with his partner. The kirk session and presbytery approved the appointment, but it will have to go to the Assembly where I assume that it will be shot down, or else, thank God for the barrier act, which will take it down faster than a 1980s Mike Tyson in a grumpy mood. One advantage of the Free Church of Scotland is that they don't have this debate about whether or not to appoint actively homosexual ministers (on the downside they have debates about whether or not it is sinful to use instrumental music in worship services). More seriously, depending on how the issue plays out in the COS this could lead to a division in the national church not seen since the disruption of 1843.