MINNEAPOLIS — The Committee on Civil Union and Marriage Issues of the 219th General Assembly voted 47-8 today (July 5) to recommend that the General Assembly approve the final report of the Special Committee to Study Issues of Civil Union and Christian Marriage.
One of two General Assembly committees focusing on social justice issues considered three economic-related issues on July 5, its first full day of deliberations.[caption id="attachment_21939" align="alignright" width="315"]Dr. Tom Gillespie speaks to Committee 10 regarding the report “Neither Poverty Nor Riches.”[/caption]
MINNEAPOLIS – Members of the Committee on Theological Issues and Institutions have voted to recommend churchwide adoption of the Belhar Confession to be added to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Book of Confessions.
The lack of any word from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) after eight years of war in Afghanistan was the focus of four overtures to the Peacemaking and International Issues committee of the 219 General Assembly.
MINNEAPOLIS – The Church Orders and Ministry Committee, responsible for considering nearly 20 overtures relating to gay ordination at this General Assembly, has heard plenty of opinions from others, and discussed the issues in small groups. It will begin considering the items individually tomorrow (July 6).
MINNEAPOLIS – Tolerance is basically a synonym for forbearance – and not nearly as strong as the idea of engaging with those whose views differ from ours, said R. Gustav Niebuhr, a religion journalist and now an associate professor of religion and the media at Syracuse University.
MINNEAPOLIS -- “There’s a need for the church to address the environmental catastrophe in the gulf and our Christian response to it,” said Amber Ellington, Theological Student Advisory Delegate (TSAD) from McCormick Theological Seminary.