The Church of Scotland has promised not to send any missionaries with homosexual tendencies to it presbyterian equivalent in Malawi the CCAP Blantyre Synod.
Addressing Blantyre City Presbytery congregationsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ session clerks and partnership committee chairpersons last week during her tour of duty, Reverend Diane Hobson said Aberdeen Presbytery has instituted a commission of inquiry to look into the gay issue and the church doctrine.
This comes in the wake of some churches choosing to sever ties with certain congregations because of the stand on gay rights.
“We want to put issues straight that we will not send anyone who is known to be gay on a missionary trip to Malawi,” assured Hobson.
Hobson arrived in Malawi on February 17.
Last September St Michael and All Angels Church ended their partnership with QueenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cross Church in Aberdeen Scotland because the congregation ordained gay pastor Scot Rennie.
General Secretary for Blantyre Synod, Reverend Alex Maulana, in an interview commended the church for their action.
“The Synod did not come up with a policy on international agreements. As we were discussing the issue of homosexuality we did not consider our partners in Scotland but all the same our legal court would be working on the modalities.
“To us we resolved that homosexuality is a sin and has to be treated as such, people have to be counselled, prayed for but if they continue the Synod would excommunicate them,” said Maulana.
He said each congregation was given mandate to deal with the issue independently.