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May 30 Calgary The Alberta […]




May 30 Calgary The Alberta conference of The United Church of Canada, attended by about 500 delegates, passed three positive resolutions relating to gay rights and the ordination of gays. The first resolution called for congregations to study In God's Image … Male and Female, the progressive document prepared in 1980 by the Church's Task Force on Human Sexuality. The second resolution called on the Alberta government to include a sexual orientation amendment in the provincial human rights code. The third asked that the Church study the issue of the ordination of homosexuals and present guidelines to the next annual conference. The issue of gay clergy caused a substantial media furor in Alberta when the local press mistakenly reported that the conference had actually approved the ordination of gay ministers.

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May 23 Naramata, B.C. At the annual […]

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"United Church Wary of Homosexual Clergy," Toronto Star, Saturday ed., 13 June 1981, p. H9.Robert Trow, "United Church in Alberta Votes to Study Ordination of Gays," Body Politic, no. 75 (1981), p. 8Lindsay Taylor, "United Church to Allow Homosexual Clergy," Calgary Herald, 1 June 1981, p. 1"Stand Firm!" (editorial), Calgary Sun, 5 June 1981, p. 10John Robb, "Gay Clergy Is Beyond Reason" (column), Calgary Sun, 12 June 1981, p. 60"Pain Too Deep to Remain Unspoken," United Church Observer, May 1981, pp. 53–54"Gays Applaud Church's Vote," Edmonton Sun, 2 June 1981"Gay Ministers Approved in Alberta U.C. Motion," Edmonton Journal, 1 June 1981, p. A3"'Exodus Is a Possibility,'" Calgary Herald, 1 June 1981, p. 1"Congregations Express Fear, Anger and Bewilderment," United Church Observer, May 1981, p. 52"Church Denies Gay Report," Edmonton Journal, final ed., 5 June 1981, p. C9Daniel Carrière, "Au nom du père, du fils et du saint asexué," Le Berdache, no. 23 (1981), pp. 19–20Tim Bentley, "Gay Ordination: Six Issues That Confront the Church," United Church Observer, May 1981, pp. 51–52P.A. (Pauline Anderson), "Some Gay Ministers Already Ordained," United Church Observer, May 1981, p. 53Pauline Anderson, "The Coming Crisis over the Ordination of Homosexuals," United Church Observer, May 1981, p. 50