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Thursday, 24 September 2015 17:13

The Presbyterian Churches Of Brazil And Peru Broke With The United States After A Disagreement Over LGBT People

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The Presbyterian churches of Brazil and Peru have decided to end their partnership with the Presbyterian Church of the United States after it changed its constitution to allow the celebration of marriages between same-sex couples.

«It’s a continuum of what people think God is calling them to do with LGBT issues,» Rev. Gradye Parsons, the stated clerk of the General Assembly and the highest elected official in the denomination, said. «Some think they should be loved and changed, and some think they should be loved and accepted.»

This partnership existed since 1970 with Brazil and since 2007 with Peru.

This break only means that Brazil and Peru no longer be accessing some programs.

However, all links are not broken because the Presbyterian Church of the United States will continue its relationship with Brazil and Peru in particular with the missionaries, but without contact with local churches.

«We have sought to engage them in dialogue and explain our motivation and our understanding of homosexuality and marriage and ordination and asked them to help us understand their view,» Hunter Farrell, director of Presbyterian World Mission, said. «We’re not interested in slamming the door on anyone.»

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