As you may have heard, at its 221st General Assembly last week, the PC(USA) approved same-sex marriage both by authoritative interpretation and by a proposed change to the constitution. Here’s an article from the Religion News Service, and a blog entry from More Light Presbyterians (pro) and a pastoral letter from Presbyterians for Renewal (con).* … Continue reading “Same-Sex Unions”
Should there be a faith exemption from nondiscrimination laws? Should a wedding photographer be required to offer his services to gay couples the same as to straight couples? Should a baker be able to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on the grounds of her faith? I won’t speak (here) to … Continue reading “Christians and Cake-Baking”
Apparently handbell choirs are still a thing. We had one play at our wedding.
Welcome! We are a community growing as apprentices of Jesus. We serve the Sand Lake neighborhood of Anchorage as part of God’s mission to bring grace and healing to the whole world. Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, we’d be delighted for you to attend one of our regular weekend gatherings to learn more … Continue reading “Welcome to Jewel Lake Parish!”
Last week the United Methodist General Conference rejected two motions that would have relaxed the church’s teaching about homosexuality. One of the results was a decision not to vote on related motions. From the Washington Post: The UMC’s policy remains that ministers cannot marry same-sex couples and churches cannot host same-sex weddings. Clergy in same-sex … Continue reading “Homosexuality and Preachers”
(Pastor Luke will preach from Acts 10 on Sunday, May 13. These questions may be useful if you’d like to study that passage in depth. You may also download the questions in printable form.) 1. Have you ever been at a wedding a wedding where someone objected to the union? Was the objection wise? Was … Continue reading “Acts 10 Study Questions”