Shuck and Jive

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Baltimore Leads the Way

Now we are getting somewhere. Despite the hand-wringing of the Civil Union and Christian Marriage Committee that apparently cannot even decide what they can or cannot recommend, Baltimore Presbytery will give us action.
W–4.9001 Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage is a civil contract covenant between a woman and a man two people and according to the laws of the state also constitutes a civil contract. For Christians marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman two people are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship. In a service of Christian marriage a lifelong commitment is made by a woman and a man to each other between two people, publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith.
Witherspoon reports that eleven sessions in Baltimore Presbytery have introduced a marriage overture. It will be voted upon at its November meeting and if passed will go to the General Assembly.

Hopefully, other progressive presbyteries will get in on this by presenting similar overtures or by concurring with Baltimore's. The more presbyteries that do this will allow for more overture advocates at GA.

Thanks to the good work by Rev. Don Stroud and That All May Freely Serve in Baltimore!


  1. Why just two?

    By what authority should this be limited to two?

  2. I also notice that they simply put "two people" and don't limit it to two adults. Interesting...

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  4. Well, maybe it's because there are already laws on the books that disallow such things as kindergarten menage e trois, Adel. And before you ask the next one, here's the answer: because goats don't have voting rights.

  5. Thank you for posting this John. It warms my heart to know people are actively working for justice within the PCUSA.

  6. Thanks MD, it warmed my heart to see the good folks in Baltimore take this stand for equality.

  7. Of course those like Adel, who cannot think about sex without thinking about polygamy, incest, or bestiality will want to ask their perverted questions, no doubt furtively hoping for some prurient conversation to take place. Fortunately some of us have manners and should not give them opportunities for their twisted excitement.


    But contrast that sort of crude & base behavior with the great work done here by Don and the rest of the folks in Baltimore and I think it's pretty obvious which side God is truly blessing.

  8. Snad, that is THE BEST ANSWER we have ever read !!! Right on, girl! You beat 'em to the punch :)

  9. Alan - love it! "Twisted excitement." That will be forever in our vocabulary!!!