Church of Scotland votes on gay ministers

first_img Tweet 54 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img FaithLifestyle Church of Scotland votes on gay ministers by: – May 23, 2011 Share The appointment of the Reverend Scott Rennie divided the churchThe Church of Scotland has voted to allow the possible selection of gay and lesbian ministers in the future.The controversial issue was being debated at the Kirk’s General Assembly.A theological commission will now be set up and will report in 2013 before a final decision on the issue of gay ordination is taken.Earlier the Assembly voted to accept gay and lesbian clergy provided they had declared their sexuality and were ordained before 2009.Two years ago, the Reverend Scott Rennie’s appointment to Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen threatened to split the Church.At the General Assembly, commissioners were being asked whether to continue an indefinite ban on the ordination of gay ministers until a report next year or lift the ban and await a separate report which would be published in two years.One in five members of Kirk sessions have said they would leave if it was agreed that gay ministers can be ordained, while one in 10 have said they would leave if the Kirk ruled they could not be ordained.Stonewall Scotland welcomed the General Assembly’s decision to allow gay and lesbian ministers.Carl Watt, director of the charity, said: “We hope today’s decision signals the start of the Kirk demonstrating a commitment to fairness, equality and dignity on this issue.“Our research has shown that people of faith are no more likely to be prejudiced towards gay people and same-sex relationships than anyone else.“Reverend Scott Rennie was inducted as the first openly gay minister in the Church of Scotland two years ago in the face of strong opposition from some quarters – yet supported by his own Aberdeen congregation.He added: “Although we await further decisions from the assembly and details on the next steps, we hope that in 30 years’ time this will be regarded as a storm in a teacup.”The subject of gay ministers hit the headlines two years ago as traditionalist members attempted to block Mr Rennie’s appointment.Following a lengthy debate, the Assembly ultimately voted in support of the Aberdeen-based minister but called for a commission to study the general issue “for the sake of the peace and unity of the church”.BBC Newslast_img read more

Villanova forward Saddiq Bey’s commitment to stay in NBA Draft will make some GM look very smart

first_imgIn his two seasons at Villanova, Bey did not make first-team All-American or average 20 points. He did not play in a Final Four, although there’s a fair possibility he would have if the NCAA Tournament had been contested in March 2020.What Bey did, though, was demonstrate an inherent toughness that helped Villanova quickly rebuild after the loss of the top six players from the 2018 NCAA championship team and claim a share of the 2020 Big East regular-season title.MORE: When will the NBA resume in 2020? Key dates to knowIt primarily was his shot-making ability and offensive versatility that forced Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard to bench elite shot-blocker Romaro Gill during the decisive second half of the early March game that kept the Wildcats alive in the conference race. It was Bey’s four-point play — he was fouled while making a 3-pointer with 16:43 left — that gave the Wildcats their first double-digit lead in the game.It was Bey’s toughness and competitive fire that allowed coach Jay Wright to compile a 24-7 record in the abbreviated season with a frontcourt measuring 6-9 (freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl), 6-8 (Bey) and 6-7 (Jermaine Samuels).Coach Jay Wright told Sporting News that Bey is a “complete player” and, relative to his NBA transition, praised his “combination of potential and immediate readiness to contribute.”Depending on the quality of the international prospects who are selected, the 2020 NBA Draft is likely to end up in the debate about the worst drafts in the league’s history. Even in the most disappointing years, though, there are players hidden among the selections who turn out to be special. Think of Tim Hardaway being the 14th player chosen in 1989, or Joe Johnson as the 10th pick in 2001 or Kyle Lowry going 24th in 2006.When circumstances such as this develop, we tend to focus on the errors made by the teams that passed on the opportunity to select these players. We pay less attention to the teams and executives smart enough to seize the opportunity that so many others ignored.Bey will need to improve as a rebounder in order to become a successful pro, although some of his deficiency in this area is related to his positioning on offense, often away from the goal, making it difficult to access offensive rebounds. There probably will be a dozen or more players selected before Villanova forward Saddiq Bey in the NBA Draft this October. It depends on how smart and bold the people making the picks turn out to be, which means it probably will be more.In a few years, a number of the players drafted will inspire puzzled looks or laughter and the inevitable question: They picked him over Saddiq? But his offensive ability will get him the playing time necessary to move in that direction. He shot 45.1 percent on 3-point attempts as a Villanova sophomore, and that was on 79 makes. Inside the line, he converted at a 50 percent rate.Defensively, he was essential to Villanova’s ability to compete against taller teams. Draft analysts have given him high grades for his ability to compete at that end.Wright said Tuesday that Bey is making the right decision to turn professional at this point.last_img read more