We are confident that the church will rescind this provision that has caused great pain and is not consistent with the best of Presbyterian tradition. Until it is removed, Presbyterians will inevitably disagree about its interpretation and application.
“A few ministers and governing bodies have declared that they will not comply with G-6.0106b and related judicial rulings. We share with them, and with many others, the goal of the full inclusion of gay and lesbian Presbyterians in the life of the church. We appreciate the compassion and commitment to justice that motivate those who have declared they will not comply, but we differ with them on approach. We urge Presbyterians to abide by the Constitution, trusting sessions and presbyteries to interpret it faithfully as they apply it.
“We have been heartened by recent church court decisions that reaffirm the responsibility of governing bodies to interpret and apply constitutional requirements for office. These decisions remind us that when the Constitution is read as a whole it provides a framework in which policies of inclusiveness and compliance with church law may both fit. We call on all governing bodies to carry out this responsibility with diligence, prayerful care, and the liberality of grace.”
The Covenant Network of Presbyterians remains committed to the unity of the PC(USA) and welcomes conversation with Presbyterians from many perspectives on these matters.
Posted Oct. 7, 2002