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Feed: Pastoral Meanderings Posted on: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 4:55 AM Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Pastor Peters) Subject: When God as Father Becomes Liability...
This just in. . .
Meeting at General Synod 28 in Tampa, Florida this weekend — July 1-5, 2011 — the historic United Church of Christ will vote on an amendment to eliminate God the Father from Article 5, lines 9-10 of its constitution. The Constitution of the denomination has remained unchanged in its theological core since the United Church of Christ's founding in 1957, and remains the covenant connection with the basic truths of Christianity that keeps many churches affiliated who are otherwise alienated by the denominations very liberal agenda.
This is one denomination with which the ELCA is in altar and pulpit fellowship. Whether or not this passes, the point is clear. A significant number of folks in this denomination believe that belief in the Father has become a liability in this age of gender sensitivity, radical feminism, and the casting off of what is seen as centuries of patrimony and patriarchy.
This is also the denomination to which Pres. Obama belonged prior to leaving his home congregation. Their current advertising logo says "God is still speaking" -- a reference to their understanding of the ever evolving definition of God and the ministry and work of the church as they see it. It is a rather recent church body created by the merger of the historic Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches in 1957. The history of this once conservative Reformed tradition, influenced by Lutheranism, has given way to a denomination on the forefront of nearly every liberal social, political, and religious cause. At some point, it may very well end up reforming itself out of historic Christianity.