Co-Moderators’ Statement on Actions of the 220th GA

For many years, votes on ordination standards have been a focal point for General Assemblies.  We are gratified that, this year, the progress accomplished through Amendment 10-A has been strongly ratified with little drama.  We are grateful for the pastoral statement issued by the 220th GA, which reminds the church that Presbyterians hold different views of Scriptural teaching about the morality of same-gender relationships, and calls for respectful dialogue as we continue to discern the will of Christ.

We are disappointed that this Assembly has failed to address the urgent pastoral crisis in the growing number of places where same-gender marriage is legal.  The GA missed an  opportunity to issue an Authoritative Interpretation that would have allowed ministers to exercise discretion in specific pastoral situations while the church continues having a conversation about the definition of marriage.

We will continue to work within the PCUSA for a church as generous and just as God’s grace, and to stand alongside pastors and sessions as they minister to all families.

David A. Van Dyke
Mary Lynn Tobin
Co-Moderators, Covenant Network of Presbyterians


  1. http://Gary%20Nance says

    It is difficult to understand how all families and especially gay couples can be ministered to if the Presbyterian minister of your church considers your relationship to be a sin. There are many Presbyterian ministers who do not consider gay people to be worthy of ministering or serving as elders or deacons. As long as gay people are treated less than full members it will be difficult to minister to all families.

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