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Big Tent may be on the move

Presbyterians are being asked to hold off making travel plans for the 2011 Big Tent conference, scheduled to be held in Indianapolis June 30-July 2, because of a possible conflict with immigration legislation being considered by the Indiana state legislature.

THE WHITE PAPER: Pastors mull whether to leave PC(USA) or seek a revamped affiliation with it

Last summer, when the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was meeting in Minneapolis, John Crosby attended an assembly for the very first time.

Crosby is pastor of Christ Presbyterian church, a 5,200-member megachurch in Edina, in suburban Minneapolis. For his 20 years there, Crosby has had what he describes as “a fairly nominal” involvement with the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and the PC(USA) as a whole.

He walked out of the General Assembly thinking: “I don’t want my successor to have to endure this.”

Jean Southard same-sex wedding conviction overturned

A minister from Boston did not violate the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or her ordination vows when she married two women from her congregation, the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission (GAPJC) has ruled. The wedding took place in Massachusetts – one of a handful of states that has legalized same-gender marriages.