Sunday, August 14, 2011

Presbyterian minister in Arlington VA discusses recent move on ordination in sermon today

Sunday, August 14, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington VA, Rev. Judith Fup-Eickstaedt gave a sermon “Breaking Down Barriers”, where she talked about the need for compassion to go beyond filial responsibility and cross into other communities.  Starting with discussion of the refusal of Jews in the time of Jesus to share with Samaritans, she branched out into talking about expanding out of social conventions, and finally led to a discussion of accepting open gays into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church, as was recently voted on and covered in the news (May 30, 2011).

She did refer to gays as a kind of immutably defined “people”, like heterosexuals, and avoided any existential arguments.  She also said that she usually didn’t like to address the political controversies (like gay marriage and the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”) from the pulpit, but preferred for people to discuss this among themselves in small groups. But today, the circumstances were indeed different. The Gospel says that God’s love is for all people. I remember how Rev. Don Eastman said that over and over at the old MCC Dallas on Reagan St. back in the 1980s. 

Below: From the Cobalt, Friday night. It seems that someone always wants a photo op with me. I don't know why.

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