Thursday, 16 August 2012

Openly Gay As A Non-Issue

The new openly gay moderator of the United Church, who is openly gay, sees being openly gay as a non issue.
From Here...
 Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson was elected Moderator of The United Church of Canada by the 41st General Council on August 16, 2012. Paterson becomes the first openly gay leader of a major Christian denomination. At a news conference following his election, he rejoiced that his sexual orientation has been a non-issue.

And then six of the first nine paragraphs go on to mention sexual orientation. Interesting treatment of a non-issue.

One other thing I found interesting - this quote from his bio:

How do we reshape our “outreach ministry,” so that people will also say, “See how much they love the world...”
Which seems strangely at odds with this quote from a dusty old book that may not be considered all that important in some circles anymore:

   Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)
I know that may not be what he meant, but I just found the choice of words interesting.

On the other hand, a quote from the Church Father Tertullian, on what the people of the world will really find attractive about the Christian community:
"Look," they say, "how they love one another" (for they themselves hate one another); "and how they are ready to die for each other"

Take Care

1 comment:

David said...

For anyone who believes his being gay was a "non-issue" in his appointment as moderator, I have a bridge for sale.