Celebrating (Religious) Freedom

Last month’s General Assembly approved a recommendation that didn’t draw a lot of attention before or during the Assembly. But in light of current events, Item 11-04 was one of the Assembly’s most relevant and critical actions—a statement we are called to help our church, and our nation, live into.

Twenty Years and Counting: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Brian Ellison, executive director, spoke at the CNP luncheon at the 2018 General Assembly: “I tell you about all these voices and faces from the past not because those were the glory days. I tell you because the work they did was really all about these days of glory. This new day in our life together. Together these siblings in Christ have, truly, taken the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — in Pam’s immortal words — “toward a church as generous and just as God’s grace.” But they are not the Covenant Network, not in its fullness. And neither are we….”

A New Day for LGBTQIA People in the Church: General Assembly Unanimously Approves Overtures

It is a new day in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Today, commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly (2018) approved two historic overtures. One affirms and celebrates the gifts of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the church. Another affirms the rights and dignity of people of transgender, non-binary and people of varying gender identities.

Committee Recommends Historic Affirmations of LGBTQIA People in Church and Society

Three overtures that strengthen the church’s witness to the rights, dignity and gifts of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities in unprecedented ways were approved by a committee on Monday at the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis.

GA223 Preview: Committees 4 & 10 – Making More Space at the Table

The Assembly Committees on the Way Forward (#4) and Mission Coordination (#10) have a lot on their plate this year. Each committee is considering some proposals that haven’t received much attention, but which we think could make a significant difference in ensuring that voices of “peoples long silenced” are heard. Supporting these measures can help all of God’s children have a place at our tables.

GA223 Preview: Committee 3 – Ensuring Voices Are Heard and Truth Is Sought

Every year, the Assembly Committee on General Assembly Procedures (#3) considers slight changes to help the Assembly’s rules evolve and improve. This year, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians has real concerns about the potential impact – and perhaps unintended consequences – of two of those proposed changes. We hope the committee and the full Assembly will think very carefully before enshrining them in the G.A. rules.