A church in Colorado Springs, Colo., that has 4,000 members and was established in 1872 will informally vote Sunday to decide whether the congregation should leave their denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), over same-sex marriage.
First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs will vote Sunday afternoon and later may seek to join the conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO), launched by conservative Presbyterians in January over the denomination's vote last year to lift its longtime ban on gay clergy, The Gazette reported.
After PC(USA) removed the constitutional requirement for clergy to live "in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness" last May, dozens of congregations left the denomination. Covenant Presbyterian Church of Ligonier, Pa., parted ways late last year. In Ohio, four churches that were once part of the Miami Valley Presbytery also voted overwhelmingly to leave PC(USA). Churches in Washington, Wisconsin and California have also voted to cut ties. more >>
The highest court of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has affirmed the censure of a self-described "lesbian evangelist" who in 2008 performed several same-sex marriage ceremonies in California while it was legal to do so.
In a divided decision, the Permanent Judicial Commission of the General Assembly affirmed on Monday the Presbytery of the Redwoods' censure of the Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr.
The PJC began hearing testimony on Friday at the Drury Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, and rendered its decision the following Monday. more >>
A Presbyterian Church (USA) minister who was censured by her denomination in 2010 for performing same-sex marriages in Calif. while it was legal to do so is appealing the decision.
Reverend Dr. Jane Adams Spahr will be bringing her appeal on Friday, Feb. 16 to The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission, the highest court in PC(USA).
According to the PC(USA) Constitution, W-4.9001, "Marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man. For Christians marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship." more >>
As some churches call for less hierarchy in their denominations, one mainline church will consider reducing their structure by eliminating the synod system.
On Thursday, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s General Assembly Mid-Council Commission approved recommendations first proposed last year for removing synods as part of the governing system of the denomination.
The Rev. Tod Bolsinger, chairman of the Commission, told The Christian Post that the commission investigated certain questions regarding the effectiveness of synods. more >>
A group of 24 leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recently signed a letter seeking reconciliation between the mainline denomination and a conservative breakaway group.
Signers are calling on Presbyterian leaders to "build bridges" with disaffected congregations and urging those thinking about leaving the PC(USA) to "slow down and recognize that there are several viable signs of unity."
The letter, released last week, originated with the Rev. Paul Watermulder, who serves as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, Calif. more >>
At a conference in Florida, a conservative Presbyterian group has officially given a name to the "New Reformed Body" they created.
The Fellowship of Presbyterians has decided to call the recently created reform body the "Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians" or ECO for short.
"ECO is a denominational entity under the umbrella of The Fellowship of Presbyterians that is committed to growing and planting flourishing churches and nurturing leaders," reads a Fellowship statement. more >>