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[PCUSANEWS] Luncheon launches gay seminarians network

Date 30 May 2003 11:29:11 -0400

Note #7785 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

Luncheon launches gay seminarians network

Luncheon launches gay seminarians network

New group links gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students and alums

by Vicki Fogel Mykles

DENVER, May 29 - More than 70 women and men gathered Thursday for the first
Assembly luncheon meeting of a new organization called the Presbyterian
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Seminarians, Alums and Allies Network.

	 Leaders of the newly formed group said it will be known
acronymically, not as PLGBTSAAN, but as LGBT.
	The first of what are expected to be annual meetings was sponsored by
More Light Presbyterians, That All May Freely Serve, and the Shower of Stoles

	Surrounded by a rainbow of stoles, the participants discussed the
issue of full inclusion of LGBT Presbyterians in the life of the Presbyterian
Church (USA), including ordination, and heard reports from several
grass-roots organizations from Presbyterian seminaries.

	The luncheon included a brief original performance work, "Love
According to Luc," presented by its author, Alicia Matthewson. Combining
humor and angst, it tells a coming-of-age story about a young divinity
student who finds herself struggling with her love for God, her sense of call
and a lesbian relationship. Score and lyrics by Matthewson incorporated
suggestions of Stephen Sondheim and African-American gospel hymns. 

	All PC(USA) seminaries have LGBT contacts for students, alums and
friends. For more information, visit the Web sites and

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