Been reading about the coming split with the American Baptists. The right is unhappy that while the denomination has consistently spoken out against gay and lesbians, they have not sought to punish individual churches who disagree.
But the ABC is congregationalist and that means that such decisions are up to local churches. I don't see how that is not evident even to those on the right. Sadly congregationalist governance is becoming endangered by this crusade against gays in these denominations.
The LA Times writes on this issue in the ECUSA. CA is considering who will be the new bishop. A number of the candidates are gay. If one is chosen, the ramifications are quite large for the church. A number of thingssaid in this article are worth noting.
A conservative is quoted as saying that a gay bishop will mean "anything goes". There are divisions between liberals and conservatives in the church, but no one has affirmed "anything goes". If there is to be division, let's have it over actual divisions, not ones made up to make one side look bad.
Dealing with end of the semester and fighting a cold, so my postings are likely to be rare for the next week. Check out this article on inclusion by Chris Tessone. "The exclusion of gays and lesbians from the full life of the church is a symptom of disease in the church."