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The polity debate regarding gay and lesbian ordination and/or installation in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Roch F. Vermaak
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 31, No 1 | a51 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v31i1.51 | © 2010 Roch F. Vermaak | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 July 2009 | Published: 23 September 2010


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Abstract

The paper summarises the formation process of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s (PC(USA)) polity regarding the ordination and/or installation of partnered gays and lesbians as officers, i.e. deacons, elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament, in light of General Assemblies’ decisions and General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commissions’ ecclesiastical rulings since the 1970's.

Keywords

‘definitive guidance’; gay/lesbian ordination; General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission; The Book of Confessions; the Book of Order

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