A step forward or a step backwards?

Lancaster County native will be first gay pastor to be licensed in the Mennonite Church USA

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Theda Good

 

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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 4:09 pm |Updated: 10:58 am, Sat Feb 1, 2014.

By ELIZABETH EISENSTADT-EVANS | Correspondent

Lancaster native Theda Good is at the center of a historic, and tense, moment for the Mennonite Church USA.

On Sunday, the Mountain States Conference will license Good, who is gay, for congregational ministry, making it the denomination’s first judicatory to take such action.  

As they ponder the implications of this move for the nation’s largest Mennonite body — the result of a 2002 merger of the (General Assembly) Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church — judicatory leaders and church pastors find themselves in uncharted territory, as a tradition known for peacemaking  faces conflict in its midst.

Although Good — who did not want to be interviewed for this story — is being licensed for ministry thousands of miles away, the event is reverberating through Lancaster County, a historically traditional area that is home to a large minority of denomination members, and the conference where Good grew up.

The Colorado-based Mountain States Conference’s decision to commission Good, who is in a committed same-sex relationship, as pastor of nurture and fellowship at First Mennonite Church of Denver (Colo.) has been met with applause by some and deep unease by others.   

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/lifestyle/faith_and_values/lancaster-county-native-will-be-first-gay-pastor-to-be/article_0281ee3e-8abc-11e3-84d4-0017a43b2370.html

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