Brazil and Peru ended with Presbyterian Church in USA over gay marriage
In another example of Christian discord over gay inclusion, Presbyterian churches in Brazil and Peru have ended their partnerships with the Presbyterian Church (USA) after the U.S. denomination changed its constitution because of celebrating same-sex marriages.
Mexico stopped partnering with the denomination after it allowed the ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians in 2011.
The South American churches hold differing views on inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church said Rev. Gradye Parsons.
“It’s a continuum of what people think God is calling them to do with LGBT issues”, he said. “Some think they should be loved and changed, and some think they should be loved and accepted.”
Projects in Brazil should continue education for pastors and missionaries, and participation in a church-planting partnership in Latin America.
The Evangelical Presbyterian, Reformed Church of Peru, Presbyterian churches in Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua and the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil were among the South American churches that partnered with the U.S. denomination.
About 94 million Christians belong to international churches founded or co-founded by PCUSA.