Six area congregations started on this path together, seeking to depart from the PCUSA for a new denomination. Given the way our Presbyterian Constitution works, with Presbytery having oversight of congregations and final say on our property, it’s felt like a vulnerable place to be. So it has been a blessing to have some partners to walk with on this slippery part of the path. We’ve prayed with and for each other, and have sought to steady each other as we’ve walked.
Now there is news in the paper this morning that New Hanover Church, one of the six, was told on Sunday that their Session is being replaced, and that the property will be for the minority portion of the congregation that wants to stay in the PCUSA. You can read the news account yourself at: Times Dispatch report.
BY GRAHAM MOOMAW AND BRANDON SHULLEETA, From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
The regional Presbyterian governing body acted Sunday to assert control over a Mechanicsville church at odds with the denomination’s current beliefs about issues such as homosexuality, abortion and biblical interpretations.
Many members of New Hanover Presbyterian Church had sought dismissal from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), claiming the denomination’s views on some issues had become increasingly liberal.
On Sunday, the Presbytery of the James, the regional governing body, dissolved the church’s leadership, according to church members. There will be no services at New Hanover this Sunday as the presbytery works to install new leadership.