Nov 28, 2022 • 1HR 14M

Episode 118: Paul VanderKlay on LGBTQ Issues in the Christian Reformed Church

How the Christian Reformed Church is handling LGBTQ inclusion.

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How the Christian Reformed Church is handling LGBTQ inclusion.

Over the last 20 years or so most of the mainline Protestant denominations have ended their controversies on the role of LGBTQ people in the life of the church.  The arguments usually ended with the denominations voting in favor of gay clergy and allowing for gay marriages and conservatives in each denomination leaving to form their own denominations.  The two latest are the Reformed Church in America where conservative churches left to create the Alliance of Reformed Churches and the United Methodist Church where conservatives are creating the Global Methodist Church.  

It’s easy to think that more conservative and evangelical churches aren’t dealing with LGBTQ issues, but that is not true. The Christian Reformed Church has also been dealing with LGBTQ issues and last summer’s Synod shows it is still not resolved.  Today, I talk with Paul VanderKlay about what’s going on the denomination and what it says really about the larger culture and how the church deals with such fraught issues.

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