ACREC: Calling all Presbyterians to action

The Covenant Network joins with the PCUSA’s Advocacy Committee on Racial Ethnic Concerns in lamenting that “Ours is a nation entrenched in systems of privilege and power that perpetuate racial injustice.” ACREC, declaring that “as people of faith, we have no choice but to take a stand against this and in favor of the inclusive and equitable love of Jesus Christ,” has issued a powerful call to all Presbyterians, and particularly the majority who identify as white, “to join us in breaking silence. Commit with us to raise our collective voice not just to proclaim the good news of God’s grace but to call out injustice, to call out the forces that threaten to tear us apart with xenophobic, racist, and islamophobic rhetoric. May we have the courage.”

Read the full ACREC statement.

Overture 50… One Gay Man’s Reflection

‘… It hurts, deeply, when I find some on “our side” too ready and quick to dismiss the pains among these sisters and brothers with whom we differ.
‘If we, LGBTQ Presbyterians and our allies, fail to acknowledge that, then we are failing them (and Jesus) in the same way too many of them have failed us (and Jesus) over the years. That does not mean that we should back away from what has been achieved, or from our ongoing advocacy for fully realized inclusion and welcome. But, I think it does mean that… for all the justness of it… pushing for an apology from the PCUSA is more harmful than helpful, at least at this point in time. Do I want it? Absolutely. Should I urge it? In charity and mutual forbearance, I think not. The wounds of the long struggle are still too open and raw, and the reaction is re-opening our own wounds and scars…’

Remembering Pam Byers

The tribute to Pam Byers at the Covenant Conference in Denver prompted her friend and former colleague Rosemary Bledsoe to offer these memories of Pam and the early days of the Covenant Network: “Most people saw her at GAs and conferences and meetings all over the country. I saw her pushing cartloads of envelopes out to her car to take to the post office, plowing through stacks of papers on her desk, sweating out deadlines, anxiously monitoring the never-quite-adequate bank balance, stunned with fatigue, hoarse from constant conversation, frustrated, determined, and somehow usually fairly hopeful.”

Progress, Pushback, Possibilities: A preliminary look at the 222nd GA

On Saturday morning at the 2015 Covenant Conference, national organizer Tricia Dykers Koenig offered an early look at the Covenant Network’s priorities at the 222nd General Assembly (2016), which will meet next June in Portland, Oregon.

Living History at the Covenant Conference

At the 2015 Covenant Conference — November 5-7 at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado — you will be able to have your own story added to the chronicles of the PC(USA). The Presbyterian Historical Society will be present, interviewing conference participants for the Society’s Living History Films series.

Register for the Conference before October 1 for the regular rate.

The New W-4.9000: A History

As of June 21, all amendments to the Book of Order proposed by the 221st General Assembly (2014), having been approved by a majority of the presbyteries, have now taken effect. Read the story of Amendment 14-F, which is now W-4.9000.