Adoption of the Theological Task Force Report – 6/06

Statement on the General Assembly’s Adoption
of the Report and Recommendations of
The Theological Task Force on
Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church
By the Executive Committee of the Covenant Network

June 20, 2006

The Covenant Network has prayed that the Holy Spirit would lead commissioners to a faithful response to the Theological Task Force report.  In approving the report as amended, the General Assembly has called the church to a higher standard of life together. While the Church still faces deep disagreements, the Assembly has given us an opportunity to recover our oneness in Christ.

The Assembly has reaffirmed the responsibility of sessions and presbyteries to apply ordination standards set by the whole church.  In doing so, the Assembly has clarified the historic responsibility and authority of local governing bodies to discern gifts for ministry in those whom they know best.  We look forward to working with Presbyterians across the church to live into this new time with serious theological and biblical reflection and faithful discernment.

We remain committed to working toward a church as generous and just as God’s grace.

The 217th General Assembly approved the Task Force Report on Tuesday afternoon with 298 commissioners voting for and 221 commissioners voting against adopting the report.

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