Charlotte Area Presbyterian Churches React to Gay Marriage Vote; - New York News

Charlotte Area Presbyterian Churches React to Gay Marriage Vote; New Definition of Marriage

Posted: Updated:
  • Kyle McCurryMore>>

  • Kyle McCurry

    Kyle McCurry

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-02 15:14:24 GMT
    I am a Digital Journalist based in Hickory. I cover Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and Watauga counties. I was born in Weaverville, NC. My high school dream was to be a White House correspondent, then college happened and I got involved with the radio station at Western Carolina University.
    I am a Digital Journalist based in Hickory. I cover Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and Watauga counties. I was born in Weaverville, NC. My high school dream was to be a White House correspondent, then college happened and I got involved with the radio station at Western Carolina University.

  • Hickory Motor Speedway Racer Takes Next Step with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

    Hickory Motor Speedway Racer Takes Next Step with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:33:57 GMT
    This weekend marks a big career step for Josh Berry, a Tennessee native who has been racing late model cars for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Hickory Motor Speedway this year. On Saturday, he will get behind the wheel of the No. 5 Tackle Gear Chevrolet and make his Nationwide Series debut for JR Motorsports at Iowa Speedway.
    This weekend marks a big career step for Josh Berry, a Tennessee native who has been racing late model cars for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Hickory Motor Speedway this year. On Saturday, he will get behind the wheel of the No. 5 Tackle Gear Chevrolet and make his Nationwide Series debut for JR Motorsports at Iowa Speedway.
  • Indy's Catawba County Connection

    Indy's Catawba County Connection

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:09:31 GMT
    Jeff Gordon captured his fifth victory in the Brickyard 400 today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His name will go down in history as the winningest NASCAR driver at the Indiana track. But, he is not the only multiple champion.
    Jeff Gordon captured his fifth victory in the Brickyard 400 today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His name will go down in history as the winningest NASCAR driver at the Indiana track. But, he is not the only multiple champion.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, which met in Detroit, Mich. last week, voted, 61 percent to 39 percent, in favor of allowing ordained ministers to officiate weddings between two people of the same gender in states where it is legal. The move is one that is being welcomed by some and is upsetting to others.

“Our denomination has been thinking about this general subject for years,” said John Cleghorn, moderator of council, Presbytery of Charlotte. “This last week, a majority voted to move forward in opening up the blessing of marriage to same gender couples.”

Same-sex marriage is not recognized in North Carolina, which raises the question of why this is an issue for the state’s congregations.

“It is an issue for North Carolina, because when it begins to be, how the Presbyterian Church describes itself, for many people, that’s enough,” said Rev. Betty Meadows, transitional general presbyter, Presbytery of Charlotte. “We have those who are pro, we have those that are against the vote. It’s a theological difference; it’s a theological understanding of scripture.”

Another issue involving gay men and women rocked the church in 2012, when the General Assembly voted to allow gay men and women to be ordained as ministers, in addition to serving as elders and deacons.

Following that vote, the number of Presbyterian Church (USA) locations dropped from 10,262 to 10,038 as of December 31, 2013. Some of those lost locations are attributed to the vote, and 14 congregations in the Charlotte area were among them.

The vote to allow gay marriage is not a mandate from the General Assembly. Each church has the right to allow or deny same-sex marriages to take place on its property.

The topic of gay marriage has the tendency to raise emotions from Presbyterians on both sides of the issue.

“Some rejoice and find great joy in that and see it as a way to opening our church up,” said Cleghorn. “Others, however, will have to pray deeply about what this means about their understanding of the written word of scripture and where they see themselves as members, but also as congregations.”

Allowing ministers to perform marriage ceremonies for same gender couples was not the only vote that took place Thursday at the General Assembly session in Detroit. Commissioners also voted, 71 percent to 29 percent, to alter the definition of marriage in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order, which is often referred to as its constitution. If the text is ratified by a majority of the Church’s 172 Presbyteries, marriage will change from being defined as “between a man and a woman” to “between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”

Rev. Chris Carrasco, who was served as a commissioner from the Presbytery of Charlotte at the General Assembly, commented, “We also passed a resolution that said we want to reach out and provide reconciliation toward all people in our denomination. So, there really was a spirit of trying to keep the denomination together and build bridges and build understanding among each other.”

There is no way to tell what impact the vote will have on the Presbyterian Church (USA) membership, but Meadows points to a tenet of the faith that might help connect people on both sides of the issue.

“One of the core values of being Presbyterian,” said Meadows, “is the mutual forbearance that we can agree to disagree and still remain family.”

For more information about the vote, visit http://www.pcusa.org/news/2014/6/19/assembly-approves-allowing-pastors-perform-same-ge.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Writebol's Condition Worsens

    Writebol's Condition Worsens

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:24:36 GMT
    SIM is reporting that Nancy Writebol's condition has taken a turn for the worse. That news comes just hours after it was announced that Writebol would be receiving an experimental serum to treat Ebola.
    SIM is reporting that Nancy Writebol's condition has taken a turn for the worse. That news comes just hours after it was announced that Writebol would be receiving an experimental serum to treat Ebola.
  • CMC Patient Shows Signs Of Malaria After Hospital Closes Entrance

    CMC Patient Shows Signs Of Malaria After Hospital Closes Entrance

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:21:12 GMT
    Carolinas Medical Center shut down its main entrance to the emergency room on Blythe Road for a couple hours Wednesday morning. A patient came to the hospital Tuesday evening after visiting a country that has a high risk for infectious diseases.
    Carolinas Medical Center shut down its main entrance to the emergency room on Blythe Road for a couple hours Wednesday morning. A patient came to the hospital Tuesday evening after visiting a country that has a high risk for infectious diseases.
  • Nancy Writebol Receives Experimental Ebola Serum

    Nancy Writebol Receives Experimental Ebola Serum

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:06:14 GMT
    An experimental serum arrived in Liberia yesterday but there was only enough for one of the Americans to receive it.
    An experimental serum arrived in Liberia yesterday but there was only enough for one of the Americans to receive it.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Trench collapse traps workers

    Trench collapse traps workers

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:56:22 GMT
    Two construction workers were rescued from a collapsed trench outside a home in Rye, N.Y. on Thursday.  Firefighters from across Westchester County responded to the scene at 15 Bradford Ave. at about noon.
    Two construction workers were rescued from a collapsed trench outside a home in Rye, N.Y. on Thursday.  Firefighters from across Westchester County responded to the scene at 15 Bradford Ave. at about noon.
  • 5 annoying things about the New York City subway

    5 annoying things about the New York City subway

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:55:21 GMT
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about the subway system.
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about the subway system.
  • Woman plunges to death over cliff in Catskills

    Woman plunges to death over cliff in Catskills

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:42:28 GMT
    Authorities say a 23-year-old woman trying to take a picture by the edge of a cliff in the Catskill Mountains died after falling more than 150 feet.
    Authorities say a 23-year-old woman trying to take a picture by the edge of a cliff in the Catskill Mountains died after falling more than 150 feet.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices