Congregation Fights Bishop’s Stand On Gay Marriage


ONE CONGREGATION IS SPEAKING UP AND DISAGREEING WITH NORTH DAKOTA’S BISHOP ON MARRIAGE IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH. IN JULY, THE CHURCH VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY TO ALLOW SAME- SEX MARRIAGES, BUT THE STATE EPISCOPALIAN LEADER — BISHOP MICHAEL G. SMITH — SAYS HE IS RESISTING THE POLICY WHICH WENT INTO EFFECT YESTERDAY. VALLEY NEWS TEAMS “CHRISTINE STANWOOD” MET WITH ANGRY MEMBERS OF ONE LOCAL CHURCH. DARCY RECENTLY MOVED HERE FROM ALABAMA DARCY “COMING TO NORTH DAKOTA AND THEN SUDDENLY REALIZING I DON’T HAVE THAT ABILITY IN MY CHURCH IS VERY UPSETTING. I CAN’T ALIGN MYSELF WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT DON’T TREAT EVERYONE THE SAME AND DON’T WORK FOR FULL INCLUSION.” ALONG WITH DARCY, OTHER CONGREGANTS THAT ATTEND SAINT STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, SHARE THE SAME BELIEFS. AMY “MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS A HUMAN RIGHT. OUR CHURCH CLEARLY WANTS TO SUPPORT THAT RIGHT AND BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THE UNION OF ALL PEOPLE, ANY PEOPLE THAT WANT TO MARRY EACH OTHER.” DAN “THERE’S ALWAYS A STRUGGLE WITHIN THE CHURCH EVERY TIME WE MOVE TO A POSITION OF TRYING TO EXPAND THAT CIRCLE OF ACCEPTANCE AND LOVE. AND IT’S SAD I THINK WHEN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHURCH IS NOT ABLE TO DO THAT FOR THEIR OWN REASONS. TODAY MARKS THE DAY WHERE GAY COUPLES ARE A LLOWED TO BE MARRIED IN EPISCOPALIAN CHURCHES. DARCY “WHEN YOU SAY THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH GAY MARRIAGE, THEN YOU’RE ULTIMATELY SAYING THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH GAY PEOPLE. AND WHILE I’M NOT GAY, I DO FALL INTO THAT COMMUNITY AND SO WHAT’S THERE TO SAY THAT THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE, ‘WELL, TRANSGENDER PEOPLE AREN’T REALLY WELCOME IN THE CHURCH BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS, OR OUR INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE IS THIS,’. I DON’T LIKE THAT.” BEING A TRANSGENDER WOMAN, DARCY CONTEMPLATED LEAVING THE CHURCH. TO HER SURPRISE, HER CONGREGANTS SHARED THE SAME CONCERN. “WE’RE ALSO ANGRY. WE’RE AS EQUALLY ANGRY AND AS EQUALLY HURT AND AS EQUALLY TROUBLED BY THIS AS YOU ARE AND WE’RE GOING TO STAND BY AS YOUR COMMUNITY AND SAY THAT WE’RE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT THIS, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. AND THAT REALLY GAVE ME HOPE AND IT TOLD ME I’M IN THE RIGHT CHURCH.” DARCY PLANS TO STAY WITH THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH AMIDST THE BISHOP’S STANCE. IN FARGO, CHRISTINE STANWOOD, VALLEY NEWS LIVE WE CONTACTED BISHOP SMITH FOR COMMENT, BUT HAVE NOT HEARD BACK. WE ALSO WENT TO SMITH’S OFFICE AT CATHEDRAL IN SOUTH FARGO. A REVEREND THERE SAYS THE CHURCH IS EQUALLY DIVIDED, BUT HIS CHURCH IS CHOOSING TO SIDE WITH THE BISHOP. IN THE MEAN TIME, SAINT STEPHEN’S CHURCH WILL HOLD A MEETING ON DECEMBER 13TH TO BREAK AWAY FROM THE BISHOP’S POLICY.

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  1. Deuteronomy 22:5 – The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  (Read More…)

    now just look at this! you have full support of the world and you still want the church to except you?

    a marriage is a union established by GOD ALMIGHTY.. OTHERWISE MEN AND WOMEN WOULD BE FORNICATORS OF ALL THINGS AS THEY ARE, WITHOUT GOD ALMIGHTY NOW …
    SO KNOWING THIS UNION IS ESTABLISHED BY GOD ALMIGHTY, WHAT SENSE DOES IT MAKE TO INVOLVE YOURSELF IN THIS, CONTRARY TO HIS INTENDED PURPOSE WHICH IS A (HOLY! UNION BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN, UNDER GOD ALMIGHTY) WHEN THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HOLY ABOUT AN ABOMINATION! WHICH YOU ARE CLEARLY, BY THE MORAL COMPASS AND ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PRINCIPLES AND STANDARDS GIVEN TO MAN AND WOMAN IN THE INSTRUCTIONS OF (NATURAL BEHAVIORS)

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