When the history of this epoch in the PC(U.S.A.) is finally written, I think just a few names will really stand out. One of those is Lisa Larges. Lisa has been a faithful Presbyterian, an exemplary candidate for ministry, and an extraordinary human being. For 23 years Lisa has shown extraordinary courage in answering God's call to ministry. And for 23 years, the PC(U.S.A.) has delayed, denied, and otherwise blocked her God-given call. Most of us would have given up long ago in the face of this injustice and prejudice. But Lisa has persevered. Her faithfulness is an inspiration to us all.
I rejoiced this past November when a majority of San Francisco Presbytery decided that her declared departure from G-6.0106b in the Book of Order did not violate the essential tenets of the Reformed faith. And I'm deeply angered by the delay of her ordination by yet another judicial stay.
I encourage everyone to read Lisa's "Statement of Departure from G-6.0106b And Affirmation of Essentials of Faith and Polity." It is one of the best summaries we have of why G-6.0106b distorts our theological tradition and must be changed or removed. Here is an excerpt:
In July at the General Assembly, the PC(U.S.A.) will once again have the opportunity to affirm equal rights in ordination and marriage for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The PC(U.S.A.) aspires to become, "The church reformed, always, reforming, according to the Word of God and the call of the Spirit." It is high time for us to live up to those words by granting Lisa's call to ministry.