Category «Presbyterian News and Analysis»

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Hopes New Structure Will Bring Strategic Focus

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By Jana Blazek, The Presbyterian Outlook. Those are the new building blocks of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s internal structure – and will be the format around which the board’s next meeting Sept. 13-16 in Louisville will be structured. The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s executive committee, which is meeting in Chicago July 27-29, spent time …

Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Ask Presbyterian Pastors to Marry Them

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By Bob Smietana, Christianity Today. More than 120,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide last year. (The number of American weddings in 2014, by comparison, was more than 2.1 million.) For preachers, requests to officiate a same-sex wedding remain rare. Just 11 percent of the 1,000 Protestant senior …

Two PCUSA Churches Join Interfaith Group To Issue Statement on Shooting of Iman and His Assistant

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Two Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations were part of an interfaith group which issued a statement of condolence following the Aug. 13th deaths of a Queens, N.Y., iman and his assistant. Fanwood Presbyterian Church in Fanwood, N.J, Somerset Presbyterian Church in Somerset, N.J., the Temple Beth El of Somerset, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and the Islamic Society of Central Jersey wrote that they …

Three Presbyterian denominations continue to grow

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Three Presbyterian denominations – ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in America – are growing in both the number of churches and members, while the Presbyterian Church (USA) continues to decline in both categories. ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians The fastest growing Presbyterian denomination …

PCUSA Presbyteries Prepare to Vote on 16 Amendments to the Constitution

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Presbyterian Church (USA) presbyteries will be voting to ratify 16 amendments to the denomination’s constitution which were approved by the 222nd General Assembly that met this past June in Portland, Ore. The most controversial issue is the General Assembly’s decision to decouple baptism from the Lord’s Supper by removing the requirement of baptism for admission to the …

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