Below is the document that served as the theological background for the position of the Third Group at the General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee.  Their moderate position allowing for a variance while recognizing the scriptural ideal of male spiritual leadership is outlined in a paper on the TOSC website.  The document below was

 The Supreme Court this week ruled that prayer given by clergy persons at a monthly town board meeting were acceptable under the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  This ruling came despite the fact that the vast majority of the prayers were given by Christian ministers, invoking the name of Christ and a general Christian

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