All Saints Church joins with all those celebrating today's vote by the Presbyterian Church eliminating all official barriers to the ordination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as ministers and lay leaders in their 2.4 million member denomination.
Presbyterians voting in the Twin Cities today became the 87th Presbytery to vote yes -- giving the legislation the majority of votes needed to approve the historic change. We rejoice with our Presbyterian brothers and sisters as they join not only Episcopalians but Lutherans, the United Church of Christ and other denominations who have eliminated official barriers to leadership by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.
And we pray for the day when ALL those seeking to serve God and their church will be free to do so in response to God's call -- regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities or age. Today's vote is a huge step forward toward that goal and we celebrate with all those who worked so hard to make justice roll down in the Presbyterian Church!