Category «Presbyterian News and Analysis»

The PCUSA’s Obsession with Israel

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Institutional Anti-Semitism becomes to apparent to ignore. By Joseph Puder, FrontPage Magazine. The Presbyterian Church (USA) assembled in Portland, Oregon for its 222 General Assembly, lasting from June 18-25.  Once again, latent anti-Semitism in the form of controversial resolutions on divestment from Israel became a major issue in the proceedings.  Delegates from 171 PCUSA presbyteries, …

Efforts to Address Climate Change Intensify Following GA222

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By Eva Stimson, Office of the General Assembly. One of the most closely watched debates at the last two Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assemblies concerned whether or not the church should stop investing in fossil fuel companies. In June the 222nd General Assembly (2016) rejected an overture calling for immediate divestment, voting instead to continue …

Confessing & White Supremacy: The Misuse of Confession, the Misuse of Language

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By Viola Larson, Naming His Grace. Presbyterian Church (USA) Co-Moderator, T. Denise Anderson, in her article, “Confession time: How white supremacy hurts white people,” on the Presbyterian Outlook web-site, calls on individual white people to personally confess their individual racism. Anderson insists that all white people in the United States are involved in racism and …

PCUSA’s Eighth-Largest Member Church Votes to Leave and Join Conservative Presbyterian Denomination

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By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post. Presbyterian Church (USA)’s eighth largest member congregation voted this month to leave the Mainline denomination over theological differences and join the Evangelical Covenant of Presbyterians, a conservative denomination that has more than 280 member congregations. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, a Houston, Texas-based congregation with approximately 3,700 members, was granted dismissal …

Former General Assembly Moderator and Renowned Scholar, Jack Rogers, Dies at Age 82

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By Emily Enders Odom, Presbyterian News Service. The Rev. Dr. Jack Bartlett Rogers (1934-2016), Moderator of the 213th General Assembly (2001) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and author of nearly 50 published works, died at his home in Pasadena, California, on Wednesday, July 13. A native of Nebraska, Rogers was an honorably retired member of San Gabriel …

UPDATED: Two Area Presbyterian Churches Officially Exit PCUSA

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By Mark Collette, The Houston Chronicle. Regional Presbyterian leaders voted Saturday to accept the exit of two Houston-area congregations in an ongoing schism fomented by social issues including gay marriage. On a voice vote, the Presbytery of New Covenant, governing body for 95 Southeast Texas congregations, agreed to dismiss Memorial Drive Prebyterian Church in Houston …

Fast-Growing Conservative Presbyterian Denomination Is ‘Ready to Multiply,’ Says ECO Synod Exec.

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By Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post. A conservative Presbyterian church formed in 2012 will soon be splitting one of their regional bodies, or presbyteries, into three entities in response to rapid growth. The Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians is in the process of dividing up the Presbytery of the Northeast into three new regional bodies. …

Data Reveal Oldest & Youngest U.S. Religious Groups: Two Presbyterian Denominations Rank as Oldest

By Joseph Rossell, Juicy Ecumenism. Data from the Pew Research Center has revealed the youngest and oldest religious groups in the United States. The numbers show Protestant mainline denominations are aging fast, and could be headed for steep membership declines unless they make major changes soon. The Presbyterian Church (USA) and its splinter denomination the …

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