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Presbyterian church in Philadelphia to welcome openly gay pastor

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

PHILADELPHIA — A Presbyterian church in Philadelphia says it’s welcoming an openly gay pastor.

David Norse

David Norse

The Rev. Bill Golderer says in a statement that the Broad Street Ministry is proud to be ordaining David Norse, a graduate of the Princeton Theological Seminary.

The ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, and the church is located at 315 South Broad Street.

Norse says he’s excited and humbled by the prospect of being ordained, and that inclusion is central to what Christianity is about.

Golderer says that while Norse’s sexual orientation is an important part of his identity, he sees himself first and foremost as someone called to pastor.

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  1. Good!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:13pm
  2. Yay!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:14pm
  3. Will he be defrocked if he performs a gay wedding?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:15pm
  4. Considering I live in Berks County,about 40mins away…..this is awesome to hear!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:15pm
  5. Awesome :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:15pm
  6. Right on!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:16pm
  7. Presbyterians are one of the gay friendly religions.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:18pm
  8. The UCC’s been there a long time…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:19pm
  9. Things are looking up

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:21pm
  10. YAY! Philly! I think we were just voted the Nations LGBTQ friendliest city too? Congrats Pastor, and Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love <3

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:23pm
  11. Awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:27pm
  12. So nice to see a religious institution/group do it right.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:27pm
  13. Awesome! Congratulations!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:28pm
  14. Good. Congratulations from the UK x

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:30pm
  15. Good for them!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:53pm
  16. wont be joining the presbyterians any time soon

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:53pm
  17. If you're just going to be negative, why comment?

    Replied on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:44am
  18. because it is my right

    Replied on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:10am
  19. Awesome, congrats!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:53pm
  20. Great! Congrats!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:58pm
  21. Wonderful! It makes me so happy as a heterosexual, Christian female, to see churches opening up to Gods word rather than mans interpretation of what they want it to say!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:04pm
  22. This is news? The Episcopal churches in Philly have had gay priests for a long time now. But the small, underfunded churches never get the media coverage…le sigh.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:20pm
  23. Good

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:33pm
  24. :)YA

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:47pm
  25. God keep you safe and inspire your work.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:54pm
  26. Philly representing.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:57pm
  27. Awesome <3

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:35am
  28. Lorelei Kay..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:25am
  29. good for him and this church and need more church’s to do this

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:45am
  30. Awesome

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:46am
  31. Right on

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:57am
  32. he kinda kute. lols.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:04am
  33. He looks kinda creepy..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:04am
  34. Like a little kid face On a mans body

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:04am
  35. WE PRESBYTERIANS ARE THE BEST!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:39am
  36. Yes! Our hometown! Retired Presby. Ministers Ann and Tom Barner

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:56am
  37. Well done, Presbies.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:58am
  38. Nik it’s your dad ,why he’s so happy?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:26am
  39. Good for you. Happy New Year.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:31am
  40. Now we need PA to abide by the US Constitution’s guarantee of equality for all by permitting same-sex civil marriage, so PA will no longer be in the only state in the North East in violation of the Constitution and standing on the side of love and family instead of hate and discrimination. Gays in PA: Sue, sue, sue.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:05am
  41. Maybe I should check out the Presbyterians

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:07am
  42. Congrats Philly!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:09am
  43. Incredibly awesome news. Philly, you make us Texas gays proud.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:28am
  44. <3 THAT ROCK'S!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:49am
  45. So happy to see this – and very proud to say that here in New Mexico there have been several pastors in same-sex marriages serving Presbyterian churches, and beloved by their congregations, including some years ago at the church I now serve. Didn’t matter to the congregation. Thankful whenever God’s love overcomes our cultural prejudices and throws the doors wide open!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:53am
  46. Well done!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:31am
  47. Yeah Philly

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:32am
  48. Tom Meyer – I’m sure you’ll be deeply missed.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:39am
  49. So Soooo Wonderful!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:45am
  50. Its hypocritical however more power to him. The bible is bullshit

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 8:00am
  51. So proud to be a Presby :)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 9:15am
  52. Haha, Faggot pastor. Wbc would love to meet you Cx

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 9:50am
  53. :) glad to see some people are willing just to be people…….different…unique….you :)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:55pm
  54. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:29pm
  55. pray up a storm for the “holier than though’s” first ….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:10pm
  56. Good for you! Too bad its so far away because that’s a church I would be proud to attend!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:10pm
  57. With all there is to do out there, preach from a book of fiction. Good deal!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:13pm
  58. CHEEKS! :)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:35pm
  59. Yay Philly ♥

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:36pm