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March 17, 2011

Crystal Cathedral asks choir to sign anti-gay paper

San Francisco Chronicle (CA):

Several choir members at Orange County's Crystal Cathedral say they're upset over a document they've been asked to sign that takes a strong stand against homosexuality.

The "Crystal Cathedral Worship Choir and Worship Team Covenant" recently handed out to members states that they should commit to being Christians by following the Bible in every way, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday.

Former and current choir members say they are particularly offended by a statement in the document that refers to homosexuality. Longtime church members say this is the first time they have seen the cathedral take a firm stand against homosexuality.

Sheila Schuller Coleman, daughter of the founder and senior pastor of the megachurch, issued a statement saying the document is intended to "clarify expectations placed on them as ministry leaders." Don Neuen, the cathedral's longtime choir director, left the church last year because he disagreed with Gretchen Schuller Penner's view that choir members should be "vetted" to make sure they are good Christians, the Register reported.

Sigh.. I'm no theologian that's for sure but if the whole gay thing was so important why did Jesus not mention anything about it at all? Does the bible not say "We are all God's children." There are no qualifiers or exceptions so surely that must mean the gay folk as well. Making choirs members sign such a document is so very unChristian in my humble opinion. Imagine having to pass a" purity test" before you are allowed to sing in church. Sigh again..

Posted by acapnews at March 17, 2011 10:43 PM

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