Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
While I was traveling in Asia over the last two weeks, the study guide on marriage requested by last summer’s General Assembly was published for use by the greater church. I am very grateful for the work of the Office of Theology and Worship, led so ably by Charles Wiley, to produce it. You can download the report here. To read the press release about the study, you can click here.
I’m also grateful for the thirteen churches who performed a pre-test on the study in order to strengthen it. As you can see in this article from the Presbyterian Outlook, the first draft that they used needed to be improved in a number of ways. I’m glad these churches were willing to be guinea pigs, because their using a still-to-be-improved guide enabled us to serve the entire church more faithfully.
Our goal in producing this guide is to help the church think in nuanced ways about the issue of marriage—in particular same-gender marriage. The General Assembly did not ask us to write a paper marking a specific position, but rather to ask questions designed to help congregations and participants understand more clearly what they themselves believe. Please pray alongside me that the Holy Spirit will use this guide to do just that.