“On paper, it was a no-brainer. Anderson, 54, a Madison resident, lifelong Presbyterian and current executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, had completed all of the necessary requirements for ordination. His résumé was spectacular: a Princeton Theological Seminary graduate, 25-plus years in the field, a wealth of ecumenical service and a glowing list of referrals.
There was just one problem: Anderson was openly engaging in a same-sex relationship with his partner of nearly 20 years. That prompted the Caledonia Presbyterian of Portage to seek to block his ordination.”
Profile of Scott Anderson, the Midwest’s first openly gay minister ordained by the Presbyterian church
Isthmus cover story, September 30, 2010
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—Maggie Ginsberg is an award-winning freelance writer in Madison, Wisconsin