West KY Congregation Faces Excommunication Over Gay Marriage Views

Originally published on April 10, 2017 11:12 am

A Presbyterian congregation is facing excommunication and has been asked to vacate its church after a divergence with the national church on same-sex marriage.

The First Presbyterian Church of Calvert City requested dismissal from its denomination following the changed description of marriage issued by the Presbyterian Church in 2015. In response, the Presbytery of Western Kentucky, which serves as the regional governing body, has asked the congregation to vacate the church by April 19.

Clerk of session Paul Ambler, whose wife is the pastor, said the congregation supports civil rights but does not wish to bring secular practices into a church context. Both sides have retained counsel, although no legal action has yet been filed.

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