Pres­by­te­rian church moves to­ward leav­ing na­tional group

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COLORADO SPRINGS | The 4,000mem­ber First Pres­by­te­rian Church in Colorado has taken an­other step to­ward leav­ing the de­nom­i­na­tion over its in­creas­ing ac­cep­tance of con­tem­po­rary morals on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

KRDO-TV re­ported that 80 per­cent of the Colorado Springs con­gre­ga­tion voted Sun­day voted in fa­vor of pro­ceed­ing with ef­forts to leave the Pres­by­te­rian Church (USA).

Se­nior Pas­tor Jim Sin­gle­ton cited dis­agree­ments with the de­nom­i­na­tion’s di­rec­tion, in­clud­ing a decision last year to al­low the or­di­na­tion of sex­u­ally ac­tive gays as clergy. Church lead­ers are ex­pected to vote this sum­mer on whether to al­low min­is­ters to of­fi­ci­ate at same­sex wed­dings.

The First Pres­by­te­rian Church is one of the largest in the coun­try to be­long to the PC-USA. The Gazette re­ported it may seek to join the con­ser­va­tive Evan­gel­i­cal Covenant Or­der of Pres­by­te­ri­ans.

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