Presbyterian Church (USA) Narrowly Votes To Divest From 3 Companies Involved In Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

The PCUSA General Assembly voted to divest church funds from three American companies it cited for profiting from the oppression of Palestinians within Israel’s occupied territories

The divestment resolution targets companies that divestment supporters say supply electronic and earth-moving equipment that help Israel violate Palestinian rights. Presbyterians in support of the resolution described it as a long overdue stand on behalf of Palestinians suffering under the occupation, which began in 1967 when Israel pushed back attacks from neighboring countries.   (RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted... Continue Reading

Presbyterian Lay Committee Board of Directors Repudiates Action of PCUSA GA on Redefining Marriage

A protest by the Presbyterian Lay Committee repudiating the action of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA to redefine marriage

God will not be mocked and those who substitute their own felt desires for God’s unchangeable Truth will not be found guiltless before a holy God.  The Presbyterian Lay Committee will continue to call for repentance and reform: repentance of those who have clearly erred at this General Assembly and reform of the PCUSA according... Continue Reading

Presbyterian Church (USA) Votes To Allow Gay Marriage By Whopping 3-1 Ratio

The Presbyterian Church voted June 19 to allow gay and lesbian weddings within the church

By a 76-24 percent vote, the General Assembly of the 1.8 million-member PCUSA voted to allow pastors to perform gay marriages in states where they are legal. Delegates, meeting in Detroit this week, also approved new language about marriage in the church’s Book of Order, or constitution, altering references to “a man and woman” to “two persons.”... Continue Reading

Renewed Barrage of Overtures Targets Israel for PCUSA Rebuke

The campaign to bring the church’s condemnation upon Israel will be back at this year’s Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly

There are seven overtures and two agency recommendations coming to the Detroit assembly that all seek to convey criticism of Israel’s human rights record, by harsh words or by BDS economic pressure.  On the other side, there is only one overture casting doubt upon this confrontational strategy. Regarding the rest of the world, there are... Continue Reading

Overtures On Same-Sex Marriage Submitted For Consideration by PCUSA General Assembly

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians and More Light Presbyterians have agreed to jointly pursue an Authoritative Interpretation (AI) of the PCUSA constitution and an amendment to the constitution in support of same-sex marriage.

Cascades Presbytery has approved an overture (Ovt. 021) that completely re-writes the Book of Order’s section on marriage – W4.9000, to “to allow marriage between ‘two people’ rather than limiting marriage to ‘between one man and one woman’ and to allow PCUSA church officials to perform marriage ceremonies between same sex couples,” according to the overture’s rationale.... Continue Reading

At the PCUSA GA: Current definition of marriage upheld, proposed new ‘Authoritative Interpretation’ defeated

Amendment to call for a two-year study passed 489 to 152

A small group of weary but grateful evangelical commissioners gathered together following the plenary session, which ended at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. They all gave glory to God for the miracle they had witnessed, offered prayers of thanks, and concluded their time together by singing the doxology.

At the PCUSA GA: Church Orders Committee: Repentance in; Scripture out

Is same-sex practice right or wrong, according to the Bible? “Well, ya know, we just can’t decide,”

In general, evangelical churches looking for succor or safety, or for accommodation of their enduring beliefs and practices in a progressive era, will be disappointed. Little quarter was given, and other than being able to query candidates about their view of ordination standards, or to expect repentance of the ordained, little ground was gained in the 220th General Assembly.

PCUSA GA – What’s happening on the floor, Part 4

Links to some great stories that won't make the front page

1. Gay Ruling Elder preaches just prior to debate on same-sex weddings; 2. Approves boycott of Israeli settlements; rejects use of Apartheid’ for Israel; 3. Approves actions in support of immigrants; 4. Rejects return to ‘fidelity and chastity’ language; keeps 'Teaching Elder' and 'Ruling Elder'

The PCUSA GA upholds the traditional definition of marriage

In a series of votes tonight, the PCUSA GA upheld marriage as between a man and a woman.

The vote was to decline sending an amendment to the presbyteries that would have replaced "man and woman" with "two people."

At the PCUSA GA: Extraordinary Town Hall Meeting called

Purpose was to discuss accusations of bullying now resigned Vice Moderator

Others acknowledged that although many had been scouring the Twittersphere and blog sites, evidence of the so-called bullying that prompted McCabe's resignation from the post, have not been found. Those present wanted to hear and see evidence because they genuinely desired not only justice for their vice moderator but a restoration of trust in the assembly. References to rumors, hear-say, innuendo, accusations and cyber-bullying had been heard, but no evidence produced.