Faced with a request that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) apologize for past harms to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer and questioning community, a committee at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) instead is recommending adoption of a statement expressing “deep sorrow” for past actions and to “continue the journey as a denomination to become more open, understand and accepting.”
Marc Lewis was recommended to a third term as president and publisher of Presbyterian Publishing Corp. and James G. Rissler to a first term as president of the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program Tuesday by a committee of the 222nd General Assembly (2016).
The Presbyterian Church’s response to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II is a little-known story, brought to vivid life Tuesday by Beth Hessel, new executive director of the Presbyterian Historical Society, during a luncheon sponsored by the society at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) .
A decision two years ago that would have reconfigured and reduced the number of synods in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be rescinded if a recommendation from a committee at 222nd General Assembly (2016) is adopted later this week.
The validity and use of the so-called “boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)” tools as a way to bring peace dominated the work Tuesday of the committee on Middle East Issues of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The program said D.J. Hudson, a self-styled “queer womanist activist and community organizer,” was going to speak at Tuesday’s Voices of Sophia breakfast on “exploring womanist ethics as a tool for resistance in the Black Lives Matter struggle.”
A revised work plan of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for 2017-18 was unanimously recommended for adoption Tuesday by the 222nd General Assembly (2016), which will consider the recommendation later this week.
It was a heck of a way to start the day: “Have any of you heard the term ‘quasi-committee of the whole’?”
Teaching elders involved in disciplinary cases who have renounced the PC(USA)’s jurisdiction and remain outside it would continue to be barred from church work under an overture approved by the Church Polity and Ordered Ministry Committee Tuesday.
The story goes that Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation on Oct. 31, 1517, when he nailed his famed 95 Theses on the Sale of Indulgences to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg.