SAN ANTONIO -- The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission – the highest court in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – has ruled that Presbyterian minister Jane Adams Spahr violated the denomination’s constitution when she performed same-gender marriages in California in 2008.
It appears that a relatively small number of congregations are ready to bolt the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) immediately to join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, a new denomination that the Fellowship of Presbyterians formed in January and which will begin accepting congregations as members April 1.
The outlines of a new denomination — the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, or ECO for short — began to take shape as the Fellowship of Presbyterians held its Covenanting Conference in Orlando Jan. 18-20.
Two members of a writing team that produced a document on theology for the Fellowship of Presbyterians — a document that’s part of the constitution for the new denomination the Fellowship has created — answered questions about their work, and said they expect additional changes to be made in what they’ve produced.
Most of the young evangelical church leaders attending a recent Fellowship of Presbyterians event came from congregations that either plan to stay in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or are still deciding whether to leave.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2012 General Assembly is being asked to consider a controversial recommendation that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) divest its holdings in three companies doing business in Israel – companies that a church committee on socially responsible investing has determined are engaged in “non-peaceful” activities.