Peace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Alma, Kansas--shaken by General Synod 25's decision to endorse same-sex marriage in July 2005--has decided to remain in the denomination.
The ballot vote, counted Monday evening, was 67-43.
The vote concludes a discernment process that lasted several months and was guided by Pastor John Austin and church's leadership.
Conflict is never easy and it always holds the potential to do more harm than good. Pray that what Peace has experienced will ultimately strengthen her. The UCC and the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference need churches like Peace. Their local and foreign mission work has been an exemplary example of what a small church can do in God's kingdom.
Pray too for our church as we will eventually be making our own decision about staying or leaving the UCC.