Goshen pastor under review after gay wedding

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
A Goshen Mennonite pastor is under scrutiny because he presided over the marriage of a same-sex couple.

In this file photo from May 6, 2012, Karl Shelly (center), co-pastor of Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, leads the "Blessing of the Bicycles" at the the church's Creation Care Day. (Photo Supplied via The Elkhart Truth)

GOSHEN, Ind. -- Two Mennonite conferences plan to review the credentials of a Goshen pastor who presided over the marriage of a same-sex couple in violation of the religion's rules.

Assembly Mennonite Church Pastor Karl Shelly said he performed the service in May after determining he believes same-sex unions merit equal standing with heterosexual unions.

The Elkhart Truth reports Mennonite Church USA guidelines state pastors holding credentials "may not perform a same-sex covenant ceremony." His credentials will be reviewed by the Indiana-Michigan and Central District conferences that oversee the Assembly Mennonite Church.

Mennonite Church USA denominational minister Nancy Kauffmann says no pastor has lost a credential for performing a same-sex marriage. Central District Conference minister Lois Johns Kaufmann says it once before reviewed a pastor for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony.


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