Twenty years ago, he gave up his ministry because he's gay. Now he's fighting to get it back
Isthmus, 30 September 2010
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On Feb. 20, 2010, 81 of the 106 minister members of the John Knox Presbytery voted to ordain Scott Anderson of Madison as a Presbyterian minister. The Presbytery, based in Richland Center, is the governing body for a section of the Presbyterian Church USA that includes parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
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.