`Love Never Faileth'

January 22nd, 2014
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The congregation at Central Union Church, one of Honolulu's iconic churches, has voted to open church facilities to gay weddings.

The congregation held a special meeting on Jan. 12 to decide the issue. The vote was 149 to 63.

Here is the resolution:

WHEREAS, for over thirty years our United Church of Christ, gathered as the General Synod, has adopted resolutions affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons by calling for an end to discrimination towards LGBT persons and "welcoming them and encouraging their participation in every aspect of the mission and ministry of the church;" and

WHEREAS, on July 4, 2005, the Twenty-fifth General Synod passed the resolution entitled "In Support of Equal Marriage Rights for All" citing the life and example of Jesus of Nazareth as a model of radically inclusive love and abundant welcome for all and affirming "equal marriage rights for people regardless of gender" and urged local church congregations "to consider adopting Wedding Policies that do not discriminate against couples based on gender;" and

WHEREAS, as members of Central Union Church, We believe in the sacredness of baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage, and funerary;

We believe these life events are personal and private matters of faith;

We believe each of these revelations reflect a personal decision between a person and his or her god; and

WHEREAS, we affirm Central Union Church's openness to all God's children because "Love Never Faileth"; NOW THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED, that from this date forward, Central Union Church's facilities shall be open to both opposite and same sex wedding ceremonies.

6 Responses to “`Love Never Faileth'”

  1. Kailuaboys:

    What happened to Jesus' call to repentance from sin?


  2. Kolea:

    Congratulations to Central Union's congregation! It is hard not to have mixed feelings about this church, as the historical center for the Big Five, missionary families. But again and again, I see signs they are MUCH better than I (mis)remember and I need to strive to be more fair. This action is yet another nudge for me.

    Thanks, I needed that!


  3. Especially Incognito:

    Again about special treatment.
    It should never be an issue.

    Atheist have no Church and
    should be exempt from being married
    in a Church of God.


  4. Nala007:

    @Especially Incognito - I don't understand your reasoning in comment above. No one is required to marry in a church. There is no religious test for legal marriage and many couples marry in homes, restaurants, beaches, parks, etc. And many couples get married by civil officiants such as judges.


  5. Especially Incognito:

    Sermon on the Mount was not in a church but the Mount became the church.

    Atheist have no Gods to believe in, so in meaning they do not believe in any Church.


  6. Especially Incognito:

    Neither do the others but since they seem to be educated,
    my opinion is inane to them. So be they be a genious.


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