Proposals from General Assembly 221
Last summer the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America passed several proposals and amendments. These require ratification by the Presbyteries. The Presbytery of Tampa Bay will be voting on them at the Stated Meeting on February 28th.
Here are some links that lead to PCUSA.org information pages regarding the proposed changes. Some of the pages have links leading to more information. There are many other sources of information should you choose to do more research via any of the internet search engines.
Click this image to download a 20 page pdf document that contains the complete Proposed Amendments
Some Rationales and Discussions can be found here:
This is a link to portions of rationales from the presbyteries that proposed or concurred with the proposed amendment to W-4.9000:
Side by side comparison of the proposed amendment of W-4.9000 on marriage to the current wording
For full texts and other rationale go to:
Faithful Mission: The Confession of Belhar
"Last summer, millions of people across the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech. Yet even as we reflected on the progress in civil rights since 1963, we painfully acknowledged the persistence of racism and its destructive consequences in our church and culture." - Linda Valentine
Learn about this General Assembly Proposal here: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/ga/ga221/ga221-belhar/
Christ ‘has given us the ministry of reconciliation’
When the 221st General Assembly (2014) adjourned on June 21, a host of challenging issues had been carefully and prayerfully addressed, leading to momentous decisions that have the potential to impact our life together as one body in Christ. Because the decisions of this Assembly have brought both great joy to some and great disappointment to others, attending to relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ will be especially important as we engage each other in a spirit of humility.