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"