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Board of Pensions to study General Assembly’s action urging domestic partner benefits eligibility

July 26, 2010

PHILADELPHIA

At its July meeting, the Board of Directors of The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) encouraged management to carefully and thoroughly consider the recommendation of the 219th General Assembly (2010) that the Board provide domestic partner benefits and to bring proposals for discussion to its meeting in the summer of 2011 with the intention of making formal recommendations in the fall of 2011. The Board hopes to implement initial changes in 2012.

The Board of Directors was advised that this action will affect many Board constituencies and encompasses an array of complex policy, administrative, and funding issues that need to be resolved before any changes to current Benefits Plan eligibility are implemented.  

“The Board of Pensions is committed to responding affirmatively to the action of the General Assembly, with a focus on doing what is in the best interests of our members and being attentive to the concerns of our participating employing organizations,” said Thomas C. Paisley, Jr., Chair of the Board of Directors. “There are many complexities associated with this matter, and they must be considered in depth before the Board takes any action,” Paisley said. 

Robert W. Maggs, Jr., Board of Pensions chief executive, said, “We will actively seek the full spectrum of views from our various constituents as we work to balance the interests of all concerned.” 

The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is the organization responsible for the administration of the Benefits Plan and Assistance Program of the denomination, managing about $6 billion and serving more than 50,000 ministers of the Word and Sacrament, other church workers, and their dependents who participate in the Benefits Plan of the PC(USA).   

  1. It is my hope and prayer that the directors will take a firm stand for our Biblical and doctrinal teaching on this issue. This is nothing short of tyranny, and hubris of breathtaking proportions. If this were to be approved, then less than 400 persons will have decided for over 2.1 million members and ministers. This is an issue which should require a majority vote of the presbyteries. If this is approved, the trickle of an exodus of congregations from the PCUSA will become a flood; and the demise of a once great branch of the universal church of the one true God will take place in a matter of years, if not months Jesus Christ can transform all of us sinners--whether those acting on homosexual temptations, or any others.

    by David L. Bierschwale

    July 28, 2010

  2. I'm fairly new to PCUSA. This discussion about domestic partner benefits - which sounds like it is a "done deal" as soon as the implementation wrinkles can be ironed out - begs the question why the church is employing practicing homosexuals in the first place.

    by John Mitchell

    July 27, 2010

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