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Our Challenging Way: Faithfulness, Sex, Ordination, and Marriage
Barry Ensign-George and Charles Wiley

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in recent decisions on ordination and same-gender marriage, is attempting to map a challenging way forward. We have decided not to declare as a denomination whether same-gender sexual relationships are to be regarded as faithful and holy. We have set ourselves on this way twice: regarding ordination and regarding marriage. This means our denomination grants the legitimacy and Christian faithfulness of directly opposing views of what Jesus Christ calls us to in one of the basic elements of human life. This paper explores our challenging way, looking closely at the specific actions we have taken on ordination standards and defining marriage, and reflecting on why to embrace this challenging way. Continue reading

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  • good readings by madeline lokai on 09/14/2015 at 8:36 a.m.

  • Charles, the TPLing the Faith video is well-done. Thanks for taking the time to produce it for the church. On the other hand, the "Sanctify Them in the Truth" document that is so careful not to step on anyone's toes that it ends up giving little practical guidance -- kind of like the motto "Theology matters." By the way, there is a verb missing in the last sentence of the opening section, paralleling the verb "raised" -- just before the asterisks on the opening page. Thanks for all your efforts to help the church. by Mateen Elass on 11/23/2011 at 12:31 p.m.

  • Theology Matters is an independent publication not published by the PCUSA. You can find them at by Charles Wiley on 06/20/2011 at 10:24 a.m.

  • How do I obtain a copy of Theology Matters, Vol 16, September/October 2010? This site is not easy to maneuver through to find this publication. Thanks. Jeff by Jeff Saddington on 06/20/2011 at 10:06 a.m.

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