You can catch the back story to the Church of Scotland’s latest deliberations about the presence and role of gay and lesbian Christians within churches over on Will and Testament. Given the number of Northern Ireland church goers (including ministers) signing a related online petition, it’s taken on a local dimension too.
There’s some debate on whether or not the motion will end up getting much floor time at the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly next Saturday evening ... but I pondered whether the Presbytery of Lochcarron-Skye (in a spirit of completeness) would like to consider a series of follow-up overtures in order to help wrest focus away from a single contentious issue and better refine how the public perceive their denomination’s values and its views on identity and marginalisation?
Overture: this is a method by which one court of the Church (for example a presbytery) brings a matter before another (e.g. the Assembly). [Source: Church of Scotland Guide to the General Assembly]
In a spirit of (mischief and) generosity, I exclusively offer an additional overture for their consideration. Maybe you’ll suggest some more by adding a comment below.
ANENT MINISTERIAL CONDUCT
From the Presbytery of Lochcarron-Skye
1. the Church’s historic understanding of the Biblical teaching on
homosexual practicecoveting has not been questioned much in recent years.
2. a lengthy period of reflection has elapsed without a resolution of the issue.
3. it is undesirable that the courts of the church should be asked to judge on individual cases in advance of any such resolution.
It is humbly overtured by the Reverend the Presbytery of Lochcarron-Skye to the Venerable the General Assembly to receive the Overture set out below,
“That this Church shall not accept for training, ordain, admit, re-admit, induct or introduce to any ministry of the Church anyone
involved in a sexual relationship outside of faithful marriage between a man and a womanwho has coveted anything that belongs to his/her neighbour (including, but not restricted to, partners, vehicles and animals)”.