The oldest Jewish human rights organization urged the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this week to not approve a report focused on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
B’Nai B’Rith, a Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization with a 166-year history, opposes a controversial report by the PC(USA)’s Middle East Study Committee, which will be presented at the denomination’s General Assembly that begins Saturday.
The report, according to the Jewish group, “dramatically emphasizes” Israel’s responsibility for the Israel-Palestinian conflict, while “belittling” Arab wrongdoings. It also fails to recognize the historic Jewish roots to the land and Israel’s peace efforts while confronted with terrorism. more >>
An Aurora, Ill., congregation was dismissed this week from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Blackhawk Presbytery voted on Tuesday to accept the dismissal request of First Presbyterian Church, which will be realigning with a smaller and more conservative denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
"[W]e have compromised to reach this agreement; we have agreed to mutual material sacrifices; and we have acknowledged fundamental differences remain. This is, however, our best effort to act in the way of Christ putting others before ourselves, supporting Christian ministry and mission of both FPC Aurora and of the Presbytery, and seeking the reconciliation to which we are called in Christ," the presbytery said in its agreement. more >>
A Presbyterian congregation near Phoenix, Ariz., says it's time to end family arguments and move out of the PC(USA) house.
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church recently announced its intent to sever ties with the 2.1 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) while remaining in the Reformed family as an independent church.
"I'm looking forward to ending the cyclical family arguments so I can be free to discuss other things," said senior pastor Jim Noble in the congregation's latest newsletter. "While I am committed to encouraging people to question and grow in their faith, I am not interested in rethinking and re-imagining the Christian faith. I stand with the historic and biblical Christian faith." more >>
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church said Wednesday it is grateful that allegations of solicitation of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churches were found to be unsubstantiated.
The statement was released in response to an investigative report by a PC(USA) task force, which looked into the actions and conduct of the EPC in regards to the exodus of churches from the PC(USA).
In its report, the PC(USA) Committee on Ecumenical Relations said there was no evidence that the EPC took the initiative in entering PC(USA) congregations to speak against the PC(USA) or about affiliation with the EPC. Also, EPC leaders have maintained that they did not actively solicit congregations and ministers to join their smaller and more conservative denomination, the panel noted. more >>
A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee has accused the more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church of interfering in its affairs.
With dozens of congregations leaving the PC(USA), the Committee on Ecumenical Relations detailed in a report evidence of the EPC inserting itself into the denomination's internal struggles and fueling misunderstandings.
"[T]here was evidence that the interference of one denomination in the other denomination’s affairs had a deleterious effect on the conversation between the PC(USA) presbyteries and the congregations involved," the panel stated in their report to the 219 General Assembly, the highest legislative body in the PC(USA). more >>
A multi-site church in Beaver, Pa., received the green light this week by its presbytery to leave and realign with another denomination.
The Beaver-Butler Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) agreed on Tuesday to settlement terms with First Presbyterian Church, reportedly the largest congregation in the presbytery.
First Presbyterian will retain all of its property and assets in exchange for $133,700. The local congregation now anticipates being accepted as a member into the smaller and more conservative denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. more >>