MLP Says It Has Crumbled The Foundation Of The Scriptural Understanding Of Sexuality And Marriage

The More Light Presbyterians met on Tuesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a document titled “Keeping Body and Soul Together: Sexuality, Spirituality, and Social Justice"

“Two writers of the original 1991 document were present and gave their perspective on a document that they see as prophetic witness to the church. Martin Ellison and Sylvia Thorson-Smith clearly see the current climate within the PCUSA as an affirmation of their work for acceptance, but they still see a need for additional work and hope to resurrect the original 1991 document for distribution.”

 

The More Light Presbyterians met on Tuesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a document titled “Keeping Body and Soul Together: Sexuality, Spirituality, and Social Justice,” a document that was rejected by a margin of 534-37 at the 1991 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

In his opening remarks, Alex McNeill, executive director of MLP, said that since that day, the organization has had brief glimpses of the kingdom as the doors opened and closed on their dream for what is known as the LGBTQQ quest for acceptance within the PCUSA — acceptance that would include the right to ordination and same-sex marriage.

Two writers of the original 1991 document were present and gave their perspective on a document that they see as prophetic witness to the church. Martin Ellison and Sylvia Thorson-Smith clearly see the current climate within the PCUSA as an affirmation of their work for acceptance, but they still see a need for additional work and hope to resurrect the original 1991 document for distribution.

“The church needs to get past their fear, shame, and the need for control,” stressed Ellison. “It is time that we recognize that the church has been rigid, fearful, judgmental, and even punitive. They have been fixated on these matters and need to recognize that their stance is outdated and unworkable. It is time to offer bread and not stone and renounce their patriarchal pattern of sexuality.”

In a direct jab, Ellison noted that there has been a big change since The Layman labeled their understanding of human sexuality as “barnyard theology.” “What they need to realize is that we have raised the ethical bar, not lowered it as the demands for justice fall so close to home with the desire to be treated fairly and with deep respect,” said Ellison.

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