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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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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 …

A Time of Great Transition: PCUSA Leader Credits Local Church for his Spiritual Foundation

By Dionne Gleaton, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson regards his hometown of Orangeburg as the place where he received the spiritual nurturing and development that propelled him to be elected the top ecclesiastical leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The son of the late James Herbert Nelson and …

Presbyterian Evangelism? Maybe $50 Bills in Every Bulletin Would Work

It was the last day of the 222nd General Assembly meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and for the first time the word “evangelism” came up. It was quickly shot down. Commissioners argued that “evangelism is hard for us,” and “evangelism means something different in every community and you can’t teach that.” Emily Williams, a …

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