I missed the webcast of the General Assembly, and woder if I am reading this right…
It seems that — having decided to uphold the appointment of Scott Rennie to Queen’s Cross Aberdeen on Saturday– the Church of Scotland is now engaging in a two year process of consultation and study on homosexuality, during which time they are imposing a moritorium on the ‘ordination and Induction to Ministry’ of any gay person living in a relationship.
Does that mean that gay people who are already in ministerial posts will not be able to take up a new post until at least 2011? Or does ‘Induction to Ministry’ mean something else in the C of S (Freda?).
I cannot see how the same kirk that argued so persuasively on Saturday that the bibilical teachings on homosexuality did not address the issue of faithful committed relationships can then turn around and exclude people from ministry today.
As I was cooking dinner tonight, I explored how it would feel if the C of S stepped so clearly into bravery while the SEC failed to speak, but it seems I wondered in vain.