REFLECTIONS ON SYNOD
LGBTQ People and Church Rule-makers
Did that word synod grab your attention? To me, the sound of the word conjures visions of a sinister conclave, if I let my imagination run a little wild. I see hooded men, faces obscured, lining the walls of a subterranean dungeon. In origin, the word is quite innocuous—coming from the Greek where it meant simply assembly or meeting. In today’s English it refers to ecclesiastical governing bodies. And those, as we all know, sometimes do take sinister action.
If you have ties of any sort to the church I grew up in, the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), the word might get your attention because that church just held its annual synod. The body was to decide, among other things, on recommendations to pastors who are asked to respond to same-sex marriage in one way or another. This was not even about whether to affirm LGBTQ Christians’ membership in the church or our validity as Read More