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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 ...

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

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 21:50

June 19, 2014

To congregations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Earlier today the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform,” where legal by state law.

They also approved a recommendation to change language in the Book of Order to indicate that “marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a ...

“These boots were made for writing”: 2014 distinguished writer talks shoes

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 21:44

June 19, 2014

General Assembly News

Eva Stimson

Kathleen Bostrom sees parallels between shoes and writing.

“Sometimes we writers have to try on a lot of shoes until we find the ones that fit,” she said Thursday during the Presbyterian Writers Guild lunch at the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), adding that it took some years for her to find her niche as a writer.

Assembly adopts statement laying out 'Interreligious Stance' of PC(USA)

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 21:30

June 19, 2014

General Assembly News

Bob Sloan

Affirming a commitment to work for the common good in society together with people of other faiths, the 221st General Assembly (2014) on Thursday voted to approve a policy statement titled “The Interreligious Stance of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”

Also on Thursday, commissioners followed the recommendation of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations and voted 506-72 not to approve the development and distribution of material making a distinction between ancient and modern Israel.

Restructuring of Peacemaking Offering to include global witness passes Assembly

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 21:24

June 19, 2014

General Assembly News

Jerry L. Van Marter

The 221st General Assembly has approved restructuring the annual Peacemaking Offering after 2016 into a Peace and Global Witness Offering.

The retooling of the autumn offering ― traditionally received on World Communion Sunday ― is part of an effort led by the Special Offerings Task Force to roughly double receipts for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s four special offerings to $20 million by 2020.

Assembly acts decisively on gun violence, abortion, tax reform

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 21:20

June 19, 2014

General Assembly News

Eva Stimson

Recommendations that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) advocate measures to prevent gun violence won resounding approval Thursday from the 221st General Assembly (2014).

“Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States that is not being adequately addressed,” said Teaching Elder Commissioner Wallace Fletcher of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, adding, “30,000 people a year are killed by guns in the United States.”

Seminaries extend reach beyond teaching Hebrew, Greek and systematic theology

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 19:18

June 19, 2014

General Assembly News

Rachel Shussett

The 10 seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) do more than teach would-be ministers Greek, Hebrew and systematic theology.

They work in their communities, help house Americorps volunteers, plant community gardens and, oh yes, prepare leaders – both in the pulpit and in the pew – for innovative work across the denomination.

Presbyterians launch 'Educate a Child' initiative to 'Transform the World'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 19:14

June 19, 2014

General Assembly News

Paul Seebeck

Presbyterians hope to provide quality education to 1 million children in the U.S. and around the world in the next four years – as a way to alleviate poverty, especially for women and children.

That was the primary message at the “Educate a Child, Transform the World" luncheon attended by some 150 people during the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.).

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