Ken Smeltzer

Ken Kline Smeltzer

Pastor at Burnham Church of the Brethren

Company:
Burnham Church of the Brethren

General Information

Experience

Director - On Earth Peace

Affiliations

Member - Voices

Member of the Voice - Open Spirit

Recent News  

Voices of Central Pa | Central Pennsylvania's Independent Community Newspaper

They were married by Church of the Brethren pastor Ken Kline Smeltzer, who was later fired from his church in Burnham, Pa., for going against the church's stance on same-sex marriage.

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Voices of Central Pa | Central Pennsylvania's Independent Community Newspaper

They were married by Church of the Brethren pastor Ken Kline Smeltzer, who was later fired from his church in Burnham, Pa., for going against the church's stance on same-sex marriage.

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There in the "gay voices" section was an article about Heath Adam Ackley, a member of the La Verne Church of the Brethren in California, and also one about Ken Kline Smeltzer, a Brethren pastor in Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, the second article detailed how Ken Kline Smeltzer had lost his job as the pastor of the Burnham Church of the Brethren for officiating at the wedding of Joseph Davis and Gregory Scalzo at the request of the mayor of State College. And so I feel deeply for both Adam and Ken as they experience the abandonment and judgment of communities that held important meaning for them. At the same time, I also feel such a sense of gratitude and pride about what Adam and Ken did. I give thanks to Adam and Ken for bearing witness to profound and sacred visions of human wholeness and social justice. Send a card or letter of support and affirmation to Adam Ackley (c/o La Verne COB/2425 E Street/La Verne, CA 91750) or to Ken Kline Smeltzer (c/o University Baptist and Brethren Church/ 411 S Burrowes St/State College, PA 16801) with a copy to your denominational, district and/or conference offices. Our hearts and prayers remain with Adam and Ken, and with all of those who love and support them in this arduous time.

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