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Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer

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Centre Daily Times
3400 East College Avenue
State College , Pennsylvania 16801
United States

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www.centredaily.com, 9 Jan 2012 [cached]
By Ken Kline Smeltzer
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Ken Kline Smeltzer is pastor ofBurnham Church of the Brethren.Interfaith Initiative Centre Countycolumns are published monthly.
wfn.org | Newsline - Church of the Brethren news update
www.wfn.org, 7 Mar 2003 [cached]
Ken Kline Smeltzer is serving as volunteer director for Song & Story Fest.
11) Brethren Volunteer Service has developed a new video titled, "Needed: A Few Good Servants," replacing one created about a decade earlier.
The new, purple-covered video include four segments: one geared toward young adults, one for older adults, a 2-minute music video aimed at youth, and a historical photo narrative through the development of BVS.
Free copies of the video, also available in DVD format, are available by calling the BVS office at 800-323-8039, ext. 410 or by sending an e-mail to bvs_gb@brethren.org.Additional information will be included in the May "Source" packet.
Urban Peace Tour, Feb. 2000
www.brethren.org, 1 July 2000 [cached]
Song & Story Fest founder Ken Kline Smeltzer directed the program, and Mary Jane Button-Harrison acted as on-location director.
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Top: Alan Hoal enthralls the crowd with a storytelling session; Center: Ken Kline Smeltzer, the event's director, tries a bookmaking workshop; Bottom: Mike Stern, right, and daughter Katie provide music with voice and strings.
Ken Kline Smeltzer, ...
onearthpeace.org, 4 July 2011 [cached]
Ken Kline Smeltzer, Director 1452 Willowbrook Drive Boalsburg PA 16827-1668 814-466-6491
Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer was ...
touchstonemag.com, 3 Oct 2013 [cached]
Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer was fired by his parish after he performed a same-sex "marriage" of two men in late August. The "wedding" was not performed at his church. Rev. Smeltzer was the pastor of a Church of the Brethren parish in State College, Pennsylvania. In an interview with the Centre Daily Times, and published on September 23, 2013, (available here: http://www.centredaily.com/2013/09/23/3804042/centre-county-pastor-fired-after.html ), Rev. Smeltzer declined to identify which parish fired him. However, Pastor Smeltzer did confirm that he married Joseph Davis and Gregory Scalzo on August 19 at the home of State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, who is a proponent of same-sex "marriage. The newlyweds received a "marriage" license in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes began issuing them in July. Presently, the issuance of Pennsylvania marriage licenses to same sex couples is illegal, and a court in September prohibited Register Hanes from issuing any more "marriage" licenses to same-sex couples.
On the day of the Davis-Scalzo "wedding," Rev. Smeltzer issued a statement in which he said that he supports marriage equality, and that the men "are very much in love and obviously committed to each other. So, did Rev. Smeltzer deserve to be fired?
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Thus, it should not be surprising that Rev. Smeltzer was fired by his church for his actions. While many people believe that the United States Constitution calls for a separation of church and state (it actually does not), Rev. Smeltzer's termination should remind us that we can expect far more interference by the state with churches as lawsuits for unfair dismissal are brought by clergy, who are supported by governmental entities.
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Smeltzer is] acting on his belief and the church is acting on theirs.
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