Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Famous Washington DC Baptist church will resume conversations on same-sex marriage


The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC will hold conversations about inclusion in the church, and this apparently will include congregational input as to whether the church should perform same-sex marriages.  The announcement was in the Sunday bulletin here.

There was a previous announcement Nov. 2, 2015 and a delay announced Jan. 17, 2016 when a new pastor, Julie Pennington-Russell, started.

It’s likely that the congregation, which has always had a split between conservative and liberal members, will be pretty evenly divided on this.

But the idea of physical complementarity and procreation potential is much less important to younger adults than it was to older generations.

During the 1950s (actually from the late 1930s until 1969) Dr. Edward H. Pruden was pastor, and one of the most progressive on race in his era, despite having been raised in Richmond.  It may well be said that without his influential sermons, many of which I heard as a boy, the Civil Rights movement would have taken longer, especially to get presidential and congressional support in the 1960s.

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