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Church leaders meet and agree to advance peace on Korean Peninsula

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:00

June 23, 2014

North and South Korean church leaders praying for reunification of the Korean Peninsula. —WCC photo

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GENEVA

In a first meeting since 2009 and since the 2013 appointment of a new leader for the Korea Christian Federation (KCF) of North Korea, an international group of church leaders from 34 countries, including North and South Korea, met at Bossey near here to seek ways to advance reconciliation and peace on the peninsula.

Growing coalition presses Obama to end policy on religious discrimination in hiring

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 06:00

June 23, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON

A widening coalition of critics is urging the Obama administration to drop the practice of permitting religious groups to hire and fire based on a person’s faith when they receive federal money, saying Obama is reneging on a promise he made in 2008 to change that policy.

Season of Service Award

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 22:00

Class of 2015 Responds

June 23, 2014

Whitworth University senior, Kirin Foster awarded Season of Service Supplemental Award for her video essay

Get ready, Portland. The Presbyterians are on their way!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:44

June 21, 2014

General Assembly News

Mike Ferguson

Using a snappy, brief film designed to point out what the Rose City will offer commissioners to the 222nd General Assembly (2016), the Committee on Local Arrangements from Presbytery of Cascades made the case for looking ahead during Saturday's final session of the 221st General Assembly (2014).

Teaching Elder Beth Neel, co-chair of the group making advance arrangements for the General Assembly in Portland June 18-25, 2016, said leaders wanted to test market a proposed theme for the Portland assembly – “Up from the Grave He A-Rose.” Commissioners groaned at that pun, but seemed riveted by the film ...

GA actions increase per capita 5 cents per year for 2015, 2016

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:42

June 21, 2014

General Assembly News

Erin Cox-Holmes

Actions taken during the 221st General Assembly (2014) will increase the denomination's per capita rate 5 cents per year for the next two years.

The amount rate per active member will rise from $7.02 to $7.07 for 2015 and $7.12 for 2016. Increases necessary for the remainder of 2014 will be funded by internal adjustments, and will not incur any additional per capita assessment for the current year.

The total budgets will be $12.4 million for 2015 and $12.3 million in 2016.

In other business, on the Assembly's final day, the General ...

Before the stroke of midnight, Assembly urges local jurisdictions to tighten background checks

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:39

June 21, 2014

General Assembly News

Mike Ferguson

Completing Friday's docket one minute before midnight, commissioners to the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) took on a handful of hot-button issues, including constitutionally requiring criminal background checks for teaching elders and how to deal with teaching elders who renounce the church’s jurisdiction.

On the first item, commissioners voted 475-92 to concur with the Church Polity and Ordered Ministry Committee’s recommendation to disapprove, with a comment urging presbyteries to require criminal background checks. However, many commissioners said they believed that under the new form of government such a requirement belongs ...

Assembly adopts mission budgets of $73.7 million and $78.2 million for next two years

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:37

June 21, 2014

General Assembly News

Jerry Van Marter

The bill is coming due from the actions at the 221st General Assembly (2012), and commissioners found out Saturday just what it's going to be.

Ruling Elder Commissioner Linda Scholl of Presbytery of Mid-South, moderator of the Assembly Committee on Mission Coordination, reported to the Assembly that actions taken during the Assembly added $295,119 to the General Assembly mission budget for 2015 and $68,418 for the 2016 budget.

Therefore, the Assembly approved revised mission budgets for the two years of $73,671,744 and  $78,226,389 respectively.

The 2016 budget is higher because in that ...

By slim margin, Assembly approves divestment from three companies doing business in Israel/Palestine

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:29

June 21, 2014

General Assembly News

Bethany Daily

With audible gasps from those in the plenary hall, the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday narrowly approved divestment from three United States companies doing business in Israel-Palestine.

By a vote of 310-303, the Assembly approved an overture calling for divestment from Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions, companies some allege are engaged in “non-peaceful pursuits” in the region. A similar overture failed 333-331 at the 220th Assembly (2012).

Although divestment was its most debated item, the overture also affirms the PC(USA)’s commitment to interfaith and ecumenical dialogue and ...

Divestment decision immediately becomes target in and outside Cobo Center

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:49

June 21, 2014

General Assembly News

Jerry L. Van Marter

From the moment the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by a seven-vote margin to divest from three United States companies doing business in Israel, denominational leaders and others began working to make sure it was placed in the proper context and not misunderstood.

“To our media friends in the room, please don’t report that this action is anything other than an expression of love for both our Jewish and Palestinian brothers and sisters,” Moderator Heath Rada told a hushed auditorium after the Assembly’s 310-303 vote to divest from Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions, companies it concluded are pursuing non-peaceful pursuits in Israel-Palestine.

Assembly asks government to follow due process when drones are used

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:43

June 21, 2014

General Assembly News

Pat Cole

The 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday declared its opposition to targeted killings by military drones unless due process is followed.

The Assembly also called on the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would restrict use of drones.

Bill, these bowties are for you!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:28

June 21, 2014

General Assembly News

Jerry L. Van Marter

The sartorial splendor of a multitude of bow ties on the platform at the 221st General Assembly would surely have brought a twinkle to Bill Forbes’ eyes.

For almost 35 years, beginning in 1974, Forbes served as General Assembly platform manager. He was never garbed without his omnipresent bow tie. With his silver-turning-to-white hair, he cut quite a figure at countless General Assemblies.

By slim margin, Assembly approves divestment from three companies doing business in Israel

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 20:58

June 20, 2014

General Assembly News

Bethany Daily

With audible gasps from those in the plenary hall, the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday narrowly approved divestment from three United States companies doing business in Israel-Palestine.

By a vote of 310-303, the Assembly approved an overture calling for divestment from Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions, companies some allege are engaged in “non-peaceful pursuits” in the region. A similar overture failed 333-331 at the 220th Assembly (2012).

Fossil fuel overture sent to the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 20:53

June 20, 2014

General Assembly News

Pat Cole

The group charged with advising the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on socially responsible investing will review how the church might leverage its holdings in fossil fuel companies to influence their environmental impact under a referral adopted Friday by the 221st General Assembly (U.S.A.).

The Assembly voted 469-110 to refer a proposal from the Presbytery of Boston that would have ordered the church's Board of Pensions and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation to immediately stop such investment and liquidate any holdings within five years.

합법적인 주에서 목사들이 동성 결혼식을 주례할 수 있도록 총회가 승인하고, 결혼 정의를 바꾸는 헌법 개정안을 보내다

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 18:19

June 20, 2014

General Assembly News

Jerry L. Van Marter

제 221차 미국 장로교 총회는 수많은 회의 절차들을 거친 후에, 동성 결혼이 합법적인 시민 관할 지역들에서 목사가 동성 결혼을 인도할지 말지를 결정하는데 있어서 목사의 재량에 맡기기로 동의했다.

이 조치는 장로교 목사들이 그러한 지역들에서 동성 커플을 주례하는 것을 금했던 법을 무효화 한다.

총회는 결혼에 대한 헌법의 정의를 “한 남자와 한 여자”로부터 “두 사람 사이, 전통적으로는 한 남자와 여자 사이” 로 바꾸기를 제안하는 헌법 개정안 (규례서 W-4.9001에 대해)을 노회의 승인을 받기 위해 각 노회들에 보내기로 승인했다. 

즉각 효력을 나타내는 권위 해석 (AI)에 대한 투표는 371대 238 혹은 61퍼센트 대 39퍼센트였다.

헌법 개정안—비준을 받기 위해 172개의 노회들로 보내짐 ...

'Life service, not lip service' is what God wants is theme of Motown-flavored worship service

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 18:04

June 20, 2014

General Assembly News

Eva Stimson

In a rousing sermon filled with memorable one-liners, Luke Powery, Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, challenged those attending the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 221st General Assembly (2014) to give “not just lip service but life service” to God.

His sermon, titled “What Should We Do?” was the centerpiece of a Motown-flavored worship service Friday morning that highlighted the host city of Detroit as the hometown of the soulful genre of music. The Band, a five-member ensemble from Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church, played music by Stevie Wonder for the call to worship and closing communion. Band members also added a Motown beat to their accompaniment of hymns sung by the congregation.

Assembly approves dissolution of Hanmi Presbytery

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 17:58

June 20, 2014

General Assembly News

Mike Ferguson

By a wide margin Friday, 529-44 (92-8 percent), commissioners at the 221st General Assembly (2014) dissolved the nongeographic Hanmi Presbytery, a Korean-American presbytery.

The vote of 529-44, or 92-8 percent, adopted a recommendation from the Assembly Committee on Mid Council Issues Committee.

Assembly votes to cut number of synods, but by fewer than recommended

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 17:54

June 20, 2014

General Assembly News

Mike Ferguson

Over the next two years, the number of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) synods will be reduced from 16 to between 10 and 12.

It will be up to synods and the presbyteries that comprise the synods to decide where the new boundaries are drawn, and which services each synod will provide.

PC(USA) leaders issue pastoral letter to the church on Assembly’s marriage actions-Spanish

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 14:40

June 20, 2014

Para las congregaciones de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.):

Gracia y paz para ustedes en nombre de nuestro Señor y Redentor Jesucristo.

El día de hoy, la 221a Asamblea General (2014) de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) aprobó una recomendación del Comité de la Asamblea sobre Asuntos de Unión Civil y matrimonio, donde permite la discreción pastoral para llevar a cabo «cualquier matrimonio el cual crean que el Espíritu Santo llama a llevar a cabo», donde sea legal por la ley estatal.

También se aprobó una recomendación para cambiar el idioma en ...

2014년 6월 19일

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:31

June 20, 2014

General Assembly News

미국 장로교에 속한 교회들에게:

우리 주와 구세주이신 예수 그리스도의 이름으로 여러분에게 은혜와 평강이 있기를 빕니다

오늘, 제 221차 미국 장로교 총회는 시민 연합과 결혼 이슈에 대한 총회 해당 위원회로부터의 추천을 승인하여, 동성 결혼이 합법적인 주에서 “성령님께서 목사들을 불러 집례하게 하신다고 믿는 어떤 결혼식이라도” 목사들이 집례할 수 있도록 하는 재량권을 허락했습니다.

총회는 또한 규례서의 내용을 “결혼은 두 사람 사이-전통적으로는 남자와 여자 사이-의 고유한 서약을 포함한다”는 것으로 바꾸자는 추천도 승인했습니다.

이 두 가지 결정들은 깊은 사고와, 토론과, 기도를 통해 이루어졌으며, 분명히 미국 장로교 전체가 어느 기간 동안 이러한 조치들을 해석하게 될 것입니다.

우리 모두가 우리의 소망과 믿음과 신뢰를 두고 있는 같은 ...

Press Release-Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Approves Recommendation Giving Pastors Discretion to Perform Same-Gender Marriage Ceremonies

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:13

June 20, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Toya Richards Jackson 
Cell: 502.381.0909
toya.richards@pcusa.org

Kathy Francis
Cell:  502.396.4408
kathy.francis@pcusa.org

DETROIT, MICHIGAN  (June 19, 2014)—The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee that allows for pastoral discretion in performing any such marriage, where legal by state law.

The action passed by a vote of 371 to 238.

The Assembly also approved a recommendation to change language in the Book of Order to indicate that “marriage involves a unique commitment ...

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