Every institution needs an interested but detached observer. Today (Nov 7) the Presbyterian Outlook, which is that eye upon the PCUSA, published a story titled Investigation finds four PCUSA employees committed ethics violations. I encourage you to read the article in full. Kudos to Leslie Scanlon … [Read more...] about 1001 Worshipping Communities: Missteps
Here's the full text of what the PCUSA just passed at the 221st General Assembly. Don't miss #7. You're welcome to comment, as long as you disclose your identity. I delete anonymous comments. Click here for some of my own thoughts on the subject. The PC(USA) has a long standing commitment to … [Read more...] about What the PCUSA actually said about Divestment in the Middle East, 2014
The 221st General Assembly of the PCUSA is meeting this week in Detroit. There are many important and fascinating topics they will discuss, debate, and vote on. Among them is Divestment, or whether or not the denomination should divest from American companies that create products used in the … [Read more...] about Apartheid. Boycott. Conflict. Divest.
Consider this a post for "church geeks" which is unusual for me. But it's part of my work-in-progress, and you can feel free to read or not, as you desire! This past week I heard a talk by Dr. Joseph Small, who has spent his career at the denominational offices of the Presbyterian Church (USA). … [Read more...] about Is Church Schism a “Necessary Tragedy”?
How exciting it is to see a creative person's dream come to completion after years in the making! Last night I watched a production of "Becoming Calvin" which was written by a local playwright, a woman named Ann Timmons. Ann and I have met briefly and, as a fellow writer, I wanted to support her … [Read more...] about Creativity & Calvin: a review of the play “Becoming Calvin”
Yesterday was a historic day in the Presbyterian Church (USA). A majority of presbyteries have voted to ratify the decision by General Assembly last July, which changes the language of our Book of Order (text below). The language replaces a paragraph known as "Fidelity and Chastity clause" which had … [Read more...] about Swinging to Inclusion