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Michigan Church Congregation Refuses to Remove LGBTQ+ Deacon

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The congregation of a 106-year-old church in Michigan that was ordered to rescind the ordination of an LGBTQ+ deacon is appealing the decision by its denomination's leadership.The Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids is imploring the Christian Reformed Church of America not to remove her.

The deacon is in a same-sex marriage and has expressed her desire to continue serving on the deacon board of the church, according to the Religion News Service.

The small 165-year-old Dutch Calvinist denomination's annual synod gathered earlier this month. During the meeting, it decided the Michigan church should reverse course.The vote over the deacon came as the denomination examined its theology on human sexuality.

It also agreed that the position about sexuality would be a confessional statement of faith, with possible ex-communication for those who don't adhere to it.The denomination has no expulsion procedure for congregations.When Neland's own council, which includes the church's two co-pastors, a group of elders, and a group of deacons, met last Monday, they unanimously voted in favor of the deacon and to appeal the synod's decision.Neland ordained the queer deacon in May 2020.

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