Months after having her censure affirmed by the highest court in the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Rev. Jane Spahr, known by some as the "lesbian evangelist," was given a vote of support from a California presbytery.
The Presbytery of the Redwoods on Tuesday voted 74 to 18 in favor of a motion opposing the censure affirmed by the Permanent Judicial Commission of the General Assembly back in February.
The Rev. Dr. Robert Conover, stated clerk for the Redwoods Presbytery, said in a statement, "The motion was very thoughtfully crafted and carefully worded to express the presbytery's opposition. In other words, the vote of the presbytery was effectively a collective dissent by an overwhelming majority of members present." more >>
As the Presbyterian Church (USA) continues struggling with internal theological issues pertaining to the ordaining of gay priests and same-sex marriage, one Presbyterian Calif. church is leaving the denomination because it is not liberal enough.
The West Hollywood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles will formally join the more liberal United Church of Christ on Saturday, and is claiming that the larger, 2-million member (PCUSA) has not done enough to accept homosexuals though it lifted its ban on the ordination of openly gay clergy last year.
The West Hollywood Presbyterian Church has had a progressive congregation with about 57 members since the 1980s, and is ready to be "set free," according to gay pastor the Rev. Dan Smith. more >>
A Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary in New York has honored Planned Parenthood leaders with its "Lives of Commitment" Award.
Auburn Seminary of New York awarded Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and Cecilia Guthrie Boone, chair of PPFA, at a breakfast benefit on Wednesday along with several other people.
Auburn Seminary provided The Christian Post with a statement on the event, which states that the breakfast benefit event "honors women whose inspiring and courageous leadership sets an example for others and makes a meaningful impact on society." more >>
Two Mississippi Presbyterian churches have voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) over increasing theological differences.
The congregations at First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs and First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula voted Sunday to leave the 2 million-member PC(USA) and join the smaller and more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Matt Mitchell, pastor of FPC Pascagoula, told The Christian Post that his congregation of 337 members voted to leave because of a sense that the denomination has left its "biblical center." more >>
The largest Colorado congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to leave the denomination over theological differences.
First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs voted Sunday morning to leave the Pueblo Presbytery of PC(USA) in large part due to the denomination's decision in 2010 to allow the ordination of non-celibate homosexuals.
Of the 1,769 congregants of the 4,000-strong church present for the vote, 1,689 members voted in favor of dismissal from PC(USA) to join the recently created Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. more >>
A Presbyterian Church (USA) court has ruled in favor of a breakaway California congregation in a case over whether or not it had to monetarily compensate its former presbytery.
Community Presbyterian Church of Danville, which decided to leave PC(USA) in 2010, will not have to pay the San Francisco Presbytery for the property it took with it when it voted to leave the denomination over theological differences.
The Synod of the Pacific Permanent Judicial Commission decided on Monday to uphold the "Gracious Dismissal" policy in the case of Community Presbyterian. more >>