RCA struggles over gay issues and growth

Former seminary president defrocked
After a former seminary president was defrocked for presiding at his daughter’s gay wedding, the top official of the Reformed Church in America urged the denomination not to be paralyzed by disagreements over homosexuality.

Delegates to the RCA’s General Synod in Schenectady, New York, on June 17 defrocked Norman Kansfield, 65, the recently dismissed president of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, for presiding at the wedding of his lesbian daughter a year ago.

The evangelical-and-ecumenical denomination has had simmering debates over opposing views of homosexuality and biblical interpretation as the denomination has struggled with declining numbers. The latest report put the size at 279,000 members and 897 congregations.


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