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Sat Jun 29, 2019, 06:27 PM

Minneapolis church expelled over support of gay marriage

Leaders of the Evangelical Covenant Church voted to defrock a Minneapolis pastor and expel his church for permitting gay marriage.

The Rev. Dan Collison had his credentials removed by a 77% vote at the Evangelical Covenant Church’s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday night.

Leaders also voted to expel Collison’s First Covenant Church, a founding member of the 134-year-old denomination.

Collison, who became a pastor at First Covenant in downtown Minneapolis in 2009, told the Star Tribune he was “not surprised” but “saddened” after he was voted out.

The ECC says First Covenant is free to keep operating as a church and can keep its church building. First Covenant says Collison will continue serving as lead pastor.

A First Covenant staff member officiated at an off-site wedding of two women from the church worship band in 2014. It also put out a “love all” statement that said it welcomes members of the LGBTQ community to participate in the church, including serving in leadership roles. It also says it offers pastoral care, including weddings, “to all in our congregation without regard for ability, race, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.”

ECC leaders also voted Friday night to remove another pastor, Rev. Steve Armfield, a retired Michigan minister who officiated his son’s same-sex wedding in Minneapolis. Armfield also was accused of violating the denomination’s same-sex marriage ban.

https://www.apnews.com/99e50c0a3de34a03b35bd4eca36ae4e8

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jun 29, 2019, 06:28 PM

1. hem

dissapointed in the main body

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jun 29, 2019, 06:30 PM

2. this quote is so true (even though it was not Gandhi who said it)

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Response to Celerity (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 29, 2019, 06:35 PM

3. A similar quote appears to be from an Indian philosopher named Bara Dada.

The full quote from Dada appears to be from the mid-1920s:
“Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians, you are not like him.”

https://gizmodo.com/7-gandhi-quotes-that-are-totally-fake-1716503435

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Sat Jun 29, 2019, 06:35 PM

4. +1

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