Reformed Church freezes United Church relations over gay dispute

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2000

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- The Reformed Church in America has sidestepped calls from nine regional units to break ecumenical fellowship with the United Church of Christ because it supports homosexual activity.

Instead, a national synod accepted officials' proposal to freeze United Church relations at the current level.

In a second ecumenical action, the synod voted to apply for membership in the National Association of Evangelicals. If the bid is accepted, the Reformed Church would be the first denomination to belong to both that conservative association and the more liberal National Council of Churches.



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