PHILADELPHIA (Board of Pensions) — Recognizing that financial concerns are among the burdens our fellow church workers are bearing in Puerto Rico, the Board of Pensions has announced a waiver-of-dues period.
The Board is waiving Benefits Plan dues payments for Puerto Rico’s three presbyteries and their churches from the time Hurricane Maria struck, devastating the island, through the end of this year (September through December) and will revisit the situation at year-end. There is no impact on plan members’ benefits.
Church workers in Puerto Rico are also being encouraged to apply for Emergency Assistance Grants, provided through our Assistance Program. The Assistance Program was established to provide a safety net in situations where need exceeds resources.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has committed to support its church workers in the holy and human endeavor of ministry. One way that covenant is fulfilled is through the Board of Pensions, which embodies the connectional nature of the Church. Those connections are vital in times of crisis, such as now in Puerto Rico.
Provided by Board of Pensions communications