Church of Scotland Presbytery of Lewis statement

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Last night (Tuesday, June 11th), the Lewis Church of Scotland Presbytery issued a statement which is to be sent to congregations within the Church of Scotland Presbytery of Lewis.

The statement reads: “The Church of Scotland Presbytery of Lewis states its total opposition to the selection, training and ordination for the Ministry of Word and Sacrament and the Diaconate of those in same sex Civil Partnerships.

“As a Presbytery, we strongly support the Church’s affirmation of historic and current doctrine and practice in relation to human sexuality.

“The Presbytery of Lewis continues to affirm that the Word of God is the supreme rule of faith and life and believes that any proposal which leads to the selection, training and ordination of those in same sex relationships is contrary to the revealed will of God in Scripture.

“Presbytery is deeply saddened by the fact that this matter has caused division within the Church of Scotland and within congregations.  

“Presbytery respects the right of individual congregations to review their relationship with the Church of Scotland but urges its people to maintain the unity of their fellowship.”