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This profile was last updated on 12/27/02  and contains information from public web pages.

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Westminster Presbyterian Church
47 Jefferson Ave Se
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1861, Westminster is a metropolitan church in every sense of the word. From our location in the heart of Grand Rapids, we attract a diverse congregation...   more
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WPC
www.westminstergr.com, 27 Dec 2002 [cached]
Because Gerry was a public school teacher in a very conservative community, this became a media frenzy.
1995 Evertsberg preaches on Same Sex Unions.Meeting follows in parlor with considerable conversation and emotion.
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1995 WPC Session letter of support for Gerry Crane as he suffers bitter harassment from the school district in which he is employed.Eventually, he takes a settlement and his contract is terminated.
1995 General Assembly passes but presbyteries refuse to ratify overture which would have prohibited same-sex unions. A similar measure fails in 2000:
"Church property shall not be used for, and church officers shall not take part in conducting any ceremony or event that pronounces blessing or gives approval of the church or
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1996 WPC member Gerry Crane dies
1997 General Assembly passes "Amendment B" (Fidelity and Chastity) and it is ratified by a majority of presbyteries thus becoming a part of the Book of Order
G6.0106b: "Those who are called to office in the church are to lead a life in obedience to Scripture and in conformity to the historic confessional standards of the church.Among these standards is the requirement to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a
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