June 14-21, 2014
Commissioners and Advisory Delegates: We will be in Detroit to support your efforts “toward a church as generous and just as God’s grace.” Seek us out!
Observers: There are numerous opportunities for service; ask for particulars.
To get connected, contact National Organizer Tricia Dykers Koenig, [email protected] or 216-658-1770.
Covenant Network Events ~ purchase tickets through the Office of the General Assembly during or after registration
Covenant Network Commissioners’ Convocation Dinner ~ Friday, June 13, 6:00 p.m. (Marriott Renaissance)
Gather with Covenant Network leaders to hear a Covenant Network perspective on challenges before the assembly. This event is an opportunity for commissioners, advisory delegates, and observers to think together about how to make a difference in the coming week. Our speaker will be CovNet Co-Moderator Randy Bush, Pastor of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Candidates for Moderator have been invited to introduce themselves.
Covenant Network Luncheon ~ Monday, June 16, 12:00 p.m. (Marriott Renaissance)
“Marriage Matters … for Everyone.” Enjoy lunch as we hear from Mark Achtemeier and consider the importance of the church’s making marriage available to all God’s children. A writer, theologian, and former professor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Mark will reflect on the biblical, theological, and pastoral importance of change in the church’s position on these issues, and talk about how he, as an evangelical scholar, came to change his mind. He is the author of a forthcoming book on same-sex marriage, and previously of A Passion for the Gospel: Confessing Jesus Christ for the Twenty-First Century.
Covenant Network Goals ~ emphasizing the imperative of opening the PCUSA to the ministry of marriage for all
The Covenant Network Board, in collaboration with the Board of More Light Presbyterians, encourages two approaches:
- An authoritative interpretation of W-4.9000 to clarify that officiating at a marriage of two women or two men is a legitimate exercise of pastoral discretion, addressing the immediate crisis that ministers risk ecclesiastical discipline for following their conscience in serving the people; and
- An amendment of W-4.9000 to bear witness to a fuller understanding of marriage in the current context, where a description of marriage as only between a man and a woman is increasingly inaccurate.
Covenant Network Resources ~ links
- Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Issues at the 221st General Assembly
- Selected resources on marriage
- Archive of the 2013 Covenant Conference, “Marriage Matters”
- Polity background: How did the current rules develop?
- Polity background: Why an authoritative interpretation matters
- What an authoritative interpretation does and doesn’t do
- Freedom of conscience
- Marriage and The Book of Confessions
- Further discussion of CovNet goals for the 221st GA
Information from the Office of the General Assembly
- General info on the 221st GA
- Registration and lodging
- Schedule of events
- PC-Biz, where all items of business will eventually be found (and where business from previous GAs is archived)