The ordination of homosexuals as ministers is among the topics scheduled for discussion this weekend at the biannual conference for Disciples of Christ members from Southern California, southern Nevada and Hawaii. The conference, which began Thursday at Chapman University, lasts three days.
About 400 representatives from 75 Disciples of Christ churches in the Pacific Southwest region are expected to discuss and possibly vote on the topic during Friday and Saturday morning business sessions.
"It's a volatile issue and there will be a lot of controversy," said John Wolfersberger, acting regional minister of the Disciples of Christ Church in the Pacific Southwest region. "Our policy in the region is while we affirm people of all states of life in the church, we will not knowingly ordain an avowed or practicing homosexual."
The subject of homosexuals in the ministry has come up in part because the United Church of Christ voted last year to accept their ordination as ministers.