Statement by the Board of Directors
Covenant Network of Presbyterians
May 10, 2011

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is deeply grateful for the passage of Amendment 10-A, which replaces a contested sexual ethic in the Presbyterian Church’s ordination standards and reaffirms the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.  This is a change for which we and many others have worked for years.  We rejoice that gay and lesbian Presbyterians, gifted and called by God, are now able to serve more openly in ordained office.   We believe that the church will be strengthened by this change.

At the same time, we recognize that Presbyterians are not of one mind about the wisdom of this reform and the interpretation of scripture in matters of sexual ethics. Amendment 10-A permits Presbyterians to hold and respect diverse views. The Covenant Network has always had the unity of the church as one of its primary goals. We therefore will continue to promote dialogue and shared mission across the church.  We pray that all Presbyterians may strengthen and support one another, witnessing to the Gospel, promoting reconciliation through Jesus Christ, and working together to realize the reign of God in all creation.