As your congregation and presbytery begin to plan for the discussion of Amendment 14-F, Marriage – On Amending W-4.9000, Westminster John Knox Press has provided a study guide to accompany the new book by the Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier, The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart.
Regional conferences in 7 areas will begin in October, continuing the focus on “Marriage Matters” as the PCUSA considers the amendment to the Book of Order’s marriage description proposed by the 221st General Assembly. Join us in Springfield, Philadelphia, Memphis, Newport Beach, Richmond, Baton Rouge, or Mercer Island!
Former Covenant Network Board member Kent Organ reflects on the joy of witnessing the wedding of Gerri Mead and Gail Russell at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, where he had served as Interim Pastor: ‘ Lincoln Park’s current pastor, Beth Buckingham-Brown, said that this wedding was performed “by the authority of the State of Illinois.” Just before that, her co-officiant, a longtime friend, supporter and adviser to Gail and Gerri — as to many gay and lesbian couples in our denomination — the Rev. Janie Spahr, declared, “By the authority of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)…” and we all erupted in enthusiastic and sustained applause.’
Address by CovNet Co-Moderator Randy Bush to our Commissioners’ Convocation Dinner at the 221st General Assembly: “What photos are you going to take of this General Assembly? What pictures will capture the spirit of our denomination – that capture the challenges and hopes of the Presbyterian Church and the church of Jesus Christ today?”
We’ve heard from many congregations, pastors and mid-council staff that it would be helpful to have some clarity about what the 221st General Assembly did — and did not do — about marriage. To assist the church in processing the meaning of the authoritative interpretation and proposed amendment to W-4.9000, the Covenant Network has prepared the following list of questions and answers.