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Belhar in Practice: Blaming Israel Alone

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By Alan F.H. Wisdom, The Layman Perhaps the most significant action of the 2016 Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly was final approval of the Belhar Confession for inclusion in the denomination’s Book of Confessions. The 1980s liberation theology manifesto exercised an influence that was already apparent in the Portland assembly’s other business—especially its discussions of …

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, …

PCUSA General Assembly 2016: Divestment, Pacifism, and Apologies

By Joseph Rossell, Juicy Ecumenism. The Presbyterian Church (USA) wrapped up its biannual General Assembly last Saturday. Liberals largely got their way, passing numerous progressive resolutions. Delegates agreed to explore divestment from Israel, declared that a peaceful two-state Israel/Palestine solution was nearly “impossible,” affirmed Christian pacifism, and issued apologies to Native Americans and the community. …

Assembly Struggles with Israeli-Palestinian Issues

On its final full day, amidst an overloaded docket of business, the 2016 Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly spent more than 2-1/2 hours wrestling with its response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The June 24 report of the assembly’s Middle East Issues Committee was consumed in debate over a series of measures proposing verbal and symbolic …

Pro-Palestinian Recommendations Proceed to General Assembly Floor

At the end of the day Monday, the Middle East Issues Committee voted 58-18 to approve with comment, the controversial Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) report 08-06 entitled “Israel-Palestine: For Human Values in the Absence of a Just Peace.”   The report with recommendations was developed by ACSWP in response to a request …

GA Committee Approves Slightly Amended Revision of the Directory of Worship

The Theological Issues and Institutions Committee of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) shouldered the task of amending the denomination’s Revised Directory of Worship during Tuesday’s afternoon and evening sessions. A wide assortment of resource people spoke, including three of the people charged with the revision, Chip Hardwick, Charles Wiley and David Gambrell …

General Assembly Urged to Intensify Pressure against Israel

By Alan F.H. Wisdom Two years after the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly ordered denominational divestment from three corporations doing business with Israel, the 2016 assembly will receive proposals for further measures directed against the Jewish state. Two overtures from local presbyteries would protest Israel’s presence in the predominantly Palestinian West Bank by targeting corporations …

ACSWP Resolution Blames Israel for Fading Peace Prospects

By Alan F.H. Wisdom A proposed resolution from the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) faults “Israel’s policy trajectory of continued settlements and brutal occupation” for difficulties in achieving a peace settlement with the Palestinians. By contrast, the resolution declines to attribute blame to the other side in the …

Israel Supporters See Successes and Challenges with Protestant Churches on BDS

By Sean Savage, Jewish News Service. As support for Israel erodes in many Western countries, especially among liberals and the millennial generation, American-Christian backing for the Jewish state is considered one of the bulwarks against such trends. But not all Christians feel warmly about Israel. During the past several years, a number of leading mainline …

Methodist Supporters of Israel-Related Divestment Regroup After Setback

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service. United Methodists who want their church to sanction Israel are regrouping after a committee at their denomination’s General Conference rejected four divestment or investment screening resolutions over the weekend. Those resolutions “pretty much went down in flames,” said John Lomperis, the director of the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s United Methodist Action …

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