RCA General Synod Council Focuses on the Future

The General Synod Council (GSC), meeting October 16-18, 2009, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, focused much of its time on the future of the RCA. GSC serves the General Synod and assemblies of the RCA as the program agent for mission and ministry and as the General Synod’s executive committee. On Friday and Saturday mornings, GSC... Continue Reading

Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina to hold Special Convention

This coming Saturday, October 24th, South Carolina Episcopalians will gather in suburban Charleston to respond to the actions of the 2009 General Convention. Resolutions to be considered will be presented by the Bishop and the Standing Committee. As a special convention with a limited agenda, there will be no provision for resolutions from the floor.... Continue Reading

Virginia Episcopal Church Property Dispute Headed Back to Court

A years-long, multimillion-dollar land battle between the Episcopal Church in Virginia and conservatives who broke away from the denomination is headed back into court. The Virginia Supreme Court said Wednesday that it would hear an appeal by the Episcopal diocese of Virginia and the national church, which lost in Fairfax Circuit Court last year. Read... Continue Reading

Washington Archdiocese Reaches Settlement in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

The Archdiocese of Washington has reached a settlement with a man who said he was sexually abused as a teenager by a former priest, George A. Stallings Jr., and another man, a seminarian, at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in the District. Stallings, one of two men accused in the lawsuit, broke from the... Continue Reading

Heartland to pursue Gashland property

By Edward Terry, The Layman Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Heartland Presbytery has set its sights on the property of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) congregation in Kansas City that has long since left its former denomination behind. At its Sept. 19 stated meeting, the presbytery approved plans to dissolve the Gashland Presbyterian Church, sell its property... Continue Reading

Town Settles Homeless Case With Church

A town in central Pennsylvania that tried to shut down a church-run homeless shelter citing zoning code violations has agreed to pay the church and its lawyers $100,000 to settle a civil suit. “I’m just thankful,” the Rev. Jack Wisor, pastor of First Apostles’ Doctrine Church in Brookville, Pa., said Tuesday after the settlement was... Continue Reading

Commentary: What I saw at the fight … is that there a fight?

By Bruce A. McIntosh, Special to The Layman What I observed as counsel for the complainants in a remedial case currently pending before the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission was a real eye-opener. I saw there is a deep divide within the Presbyterian Church (USA), but one side barely acknowledges that it exists. On one... Continue Reading

Siouxlands Presbytery Schedules Called Meeting to Hear Complaints, Overture Concerning Federal Vision

The Presbytery of the Siouxlands has scheduled a called meeting for October 20, 2009 in Watertown, S.D. to hear two complaints against recent actions taken at its last stated meeting.The meeting will be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel Event Center, Watertown, South Dakota, 1901 9th Avenue Southwest, at 10 a.m. Several TEs have... Continue Reading

EPC General Assembly finances improve

By Edward Terry, The Layman SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. – Speaking on behalf of Evangelical Presbyterian Church Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah, teaching elder Bill Meyer reported to the New Wineskins EPC Transitional Presbytery Oct. 6, 09 that increased giving has put the denomination’s General Assembly office back in positive financial territory. “A heartfelt thanks to you,... Continue Reading

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