Monday, November 02, 2015

Major Washington DC Baptist Church will let congregation vote on same-sex marriage in February, 2016

The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC reports that it will hold a congregational vote on Sunday, February 7. 2016, on whether the church should perform same-sex marriages.

A deacon meeting in October had favored the change in church marriage policy by a vote of 6-4, but it was determined that the congregation should vote.

In January, 2016 (on a Sunday yet to be announced) the Church will hold an information forum for members. It says that it will present scriptural references with a variety of views on how the references on marriage (and to some extent, sexual orientation and conduct as separate issues) have been interpreted.

Interim preaching pastor Stan Hastey had given a sermon about LGBT inclusion on Sunday, August 10, 2014, discussed here on that date.

I "grew up" in this church in the 1940s through the 1960s. The congregation moved into its current sanctuary on Christmas Day, 1955 (and the sanctuary was recently renovated to allow for the new Austin organ).   Edward Hughes Pruden, from Richmond. VA,  was pastor until the late 60s, and was considered progressive for his time.  The church is affiliated with both American and Southern Baptist conventions.  Another pastor, Everett Goodwin (1981-1993) was recently a minister at Myers Park Baptist in Charlotte, NC, also progressive.

Here is a list of LGBTQ affirming churches in Washington DC area   Note that First Baptist appears.  It does not appear on some others, where Riverside and Calvary do, for example, here.

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