Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse

M&M Team for Inclusive Church (MMIC)

To move toward an inclusive church:

  • study PC (U.S.A.) documents, policies and resources
  • examine models of churches in other presbyteries that implement the principles of the Covenant Network
  • utilize tools within the community to implement dialogue groups between congregations and clergy of our presbytery and the greater community to further understanding of different experiences and views of diversity and inclusiveness;
  • advocate through the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse and the General Assembly for policies which will reflect the inclusive nature of God.


Some of the activities in 2006 included:

  • Visit of Tricia Dykers Koenig, Covenant Network National Organizer
  • Creation, widespread endorsement, and approval of Overture to GA supporting the recommendations of the Theological Task Force on the Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church
  • Pre-Presbytery Forums
    • Discussion of Theological Task Force on the Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church recommendations
    • “Hard Wired: What Determines Sexual Orientation, and Can People Change It?”
  • During Presbytery meetings
    • Turning Points video clip
    • written materials
    • presentation by Theological Task Force member
    • reminder that the Presbytery approved “A CALL TO COVENANT COMMUNITY” on September 22, 1998
    • invitation to participate in a winter ’07 study of Jack Roger’s book, Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality
  • Six MMIC team members attended the Covenant Network conference in Columbus, Ohio

In 2008, we concurred with overtures about ordination to the GA and sent Rev. Steven Thomas (Cazenovia) as our Overture Advocate.

In 2009, we are currently considering overtures around the issues of ordination and same sex marriage.  We will meet with Rev. Thomas regarding an ordination overture and Rev. Earl Arnold (Whitelaw), a member of the Same Sex Marriage Task Force, regarding issues around same sex marriage.  Our goal will be to concur with other presbyteries or send our own overture by January 2010.

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