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Monday, May 26, 2003

Evening Musings-I'm blogging from Richmond, VA, where Eileen and I are vacationing, seeing Eileen's seminary buddy Ann graduate from her alma mater, Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education and to help Ann pack up and move to Spartanburg next week. Union's A Presebyterian Church-USA school, and there's bad news for the good guys out of the General Assembly being held in Denver this week. The new moderator (denomination CEO), Susan Andrews, is in the liberal camp, in favor of openly-homosexual pastors. She beat a more conservative ex-missionary 53%-36%. This does not bode well for the future of the denomination. At best, they'll continue to bleed membership as more conservative members leave for more evangelical-oriented churches and more liberal ones stay at home. A schism within the PC-USA is hard, given the top-down nature of the denomination. Our soon-to-be-minted MDiv gave us a quick polity lesson; the denomination owns the individual churches and their financial asssets, so any congregation that wanted to leave would have to start from scratch; if the local presberty were kind, they might let them buy the building with money raised from the schismatics (doesn't The Schismatics sound like a good punk band?). While I was gone, the Pistons got swept by the Nets. Well, with a #2 pick next year, the '03-04 version will be even better.

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