“It has been extremely moving to have been a part of this conversation this afternoon. I am so proud to be a Moravian, I am so proud of the way in which this discussion was held, and I am proud that when it was concluded, we stood holding hands. And I hope that we will continue to hold hands and not let anyone go, because we are bound together by God’s love, the grace of Jesus Christ and the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit.”
These were thoughts shared by Moravian Bishop Douglas Kleintop, joining other Moravian bishops in attendance who rose to offer prayers and insights following the discussion and vote on a resolution to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian pastors in the Moravian Church, Northern Province. The resolution was one of many at the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania June 19-23.
As the votes on the resolution were being tabulated, delegates and visitors began singing Moravian hymns, rising from their seats and moving into a large circle around the assembly hall.
Bishop Paul Graf closed the remarks. “There will be many paths we will walk when we go from this place, returning to our churches, families and our communities. Let this be the prayer in our hearts and minds.” He then led the Synod in singing, “Spirit of the Living God,fall afresh on us. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us/melt us, mold us/fill us, use us/Spirit of the Living God,fall afresh on us.”
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