With the ARP Church’s more traditionally conservative background, interest in Bethesda has peaked, DeVusser said, mostly in response to recent changes within other Presbyterian churches, such as the recent changes within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ordination standards, allowing gays and lesbians to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons. DeVusser said some of the calls she’s received over the last few months have been from PCUSA members who were looking at possibly leaving that denomination.That's handy to know.
“I think we’re going to see more of that now, especially with that last move that they (PCUSA) made,” she said.
So if anyone in Holston Presbytery whines to me about our changes in ordination, I know where to send them.
Meanwhile, we will try our best to follow the ethics of Jesus and welcome all to the table.
By the way, The Change is meeting tonight at the Presbyterian Campus House at ETSU. What is The Change? Check it:
“THE CHANGE” is an organization dedicated to empowering GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) and allied youth/young adults ages 17 through 21 in the Tri-Cities Tennessee area.They meet the second and fourth Saturdays at the Presbyterian Campus House at ETSU (1412 College Heights Road in Johnson City).
The purpose of “THE CHANGE” is to offer a safe, nurturing and creative atmosphere for the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Questioning) youth/young adults and supporters of alternate lifestyle in the Tri-Cities area. By creating this group we intend to create an environment for GLBTQ youth/young adults that empower each and every member to become confident, proud and compassionate adults.
We provide a biweekly program for youth, as well as special events and educational programs, guest speakers and community outreach.
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