Presbyterian actions on Israel
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Jewish Voice for Peace comments on Steven Spielberg’s "Munich"
Munich has already generated considerable controversy. Conservative New
York Times columnist David Brooks said that Spielberg presents a
"perpetual motion machine" of violence and that he ignores the "evil"
involved — presumably meaning the Palestinians. The right-wing organization,
CAMERA, is aghast that Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner depict
Palestinians as people rather than as mindless killers.
At Jewish Voice for Peace, we work for a lasting and just
peace that respects the rights of Israelis and Palestinians equally. We do
that by working to change American policy in the region and by raising a
Jewish call for policies that treat Israelis and Palestinians equally within
the framework of international law.
view of the film and the relevant history >>
Jewish Voice for Peace
A "wonderful movie" from Israel: Ushpizin
John Van Nuys, a
Witherspoon member, has sent some friends this warm recommendation (slightly
edited) of another film portrayal of Israel:
Dear Assorted Saints,
I had to take a minute to let you all know about an absolutely wonderful
film Ushpizin. It is a very cool, very theological movie from Israel. It is
getting rave reviews from American critics, and it has won several Israeli
The 90 minute film centers on an ultra Orthodox couple during the
festival of Sukkot and their not-so-holy guests who befall them / with whom
God blesses them. The spiritual themes of Ushpizin (Aramaic for Guests)
revolve around hospitality, keeping faith during barren times, and the
struggle to pursue a way of holiness in a very secular world.
I have rarely seen a film that is as explicitly theological and as
humane. While everyone flocks to Narnia, you gotta check out this
under-the-radar-screen film, which undoubtedly won't be in theaters for
long, that really deserves to be seen. God really blessed me by viewing it.
I heartily recommend it to you. With Christmas blessings, John
P.S. You can check out the American critics' reviews at:
Hebron: On hatred
Maureen Jack, member of a
Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron, in the Israeli occupied West Bank of
Palestine, reports on one little instance of the hostility faced by
Palestinians in the West Bank from some of their Jewish neighbors. We
know this is not the whole picture, but it's an important part of the
reality of the West Bank. [11-25-05]
|Stated Clerk denounces Iranian’s anti-Israel remarks
Mr. Eric Geller has been
corresponding with us over the past few months, offering his thoughtful
reflections as an American Jew on the debate about
Presbyterian actions regarding Israel/Palestine and divestment. And
yesterday he sent this note:
You may have read the recent horrific remarks by the President of Iran.
The Presbyterian Church issued the following terrific statement following
these remarks. Click
Just thought you might want to see this. I think what the Iranian
President said has sent some shock waves of reality throughout the world.
The Presbyterian comment was great.
Santa Fe Presbytery endorses GA exploration of
divestment -- with a carefully balanced statement
Aurelia Fule reports that a resolution was recently passed
by Santa Fe Presbytery, endorsing the action of the 216th General
Assembly, which called for exploration of "phased selective divestment" of
church funds from companies whose business in Israel is found to be directly
or indirectly causing harm or suffering to innocent people, Palestinian or
that the Presbytery of Santa Fe, meeting on October 2 1-23, 2005
at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM:
(1) reaffirms our belief and the teaching of our tradition
(A) God’s faithfulness to the covenant is without end,
(B) that we Christians are thus fellow heirs in God’s covenant with the
(C) that in the family of God the Jews are our elder brothers and sisters
with whom we share holy Scriptures,
(D) and that Jews and Christians therefore have special responsibility to
point to errors in each other's actions;
(2) expresses deep concern over terrorism by the
Palestinians and the expansion of settlements on the West Bank, continued
home demolitions and the use of great military force by the Israelis;
(3) and therefore endorses the action of the 216th General
Assembly meeting in Richmond, Virginia, which authorized the exploration of
"phased selective divestment" of church funds from those companies whose
business in Israel is found to be directly or indirectly causing harm or
suffering to innocent people, Palestinian or Israeli.
|MRTI staffer Bill Somplatsky-Jarman to be featured
at Canadian conference on responsible investing [10-28-05]
The Rev. Bill Somplatsky-Jarman, the PC(USA)'s associate for
Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) and Environmental Justice,
will represent the church at an ecumenical conference of church-related
organizations interested in using economic pressure to end the Israeli
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and to achieve a "just peace" for both
Israel and Palestine.
A conference titled "A Call for Morally Responsible Investment: A Nonviolent
Response to the Israeli Occupation" started Wednesday in Toronto, Canada,
and runs through Saturday. The host for the event is Canadian Friends of
Sabeel, a group that supports the work of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation
Theology Center in Jerusalem through education, advocacy and financial
Somplatsky-Jarman is guiding MRTI as it responds to an order from the 216th
General Assembly to begin a process of phased selective divestment from
multinational corporations with business practices believed to contribute to
violence in Israel and Palestine.
More on Israel/Palestine and divestment
Mr. Eric Geller
wrote to us earlier with his
reflections as an American Jew on the debate about Presbyterian actions
regarding Israel/Palestine and divestment.
He has written again to point out to us a recent trip to
Israel which included both Jews and Christians. He expresses appreciation
for a recent statement by the Episcopal Church favoring "investment, not
I am attaching a press release put out yesterday by the
American Jewish Committee commending the National Episcopalian Church for
coming out clearly for "investment, not divestment."
[You can read
Episcopal press release.]
A group of prominent Jewish and mainline Protestant
groups recently completed a trip to the Holy Land/Israel, and by all
reports it was very positive. I know prominent Presbyterians went on the
I have no idea whether or not the Presbyterians are
going to reconsider its position in the future or not. In my view, it is
my hope, that the Episcopalian model will prove far more fruitful for
achieving peace than the path thus far taken by the Presbyterians. I
I believe that over time we will all come to see the
divestment topic as a sideshow for the really important work that needs to
be done, and I believe that more and more mainline Churches will come to
see it that way. In short, divestment accomplishes nothing, and the
Episcopalians have come to understand that.
here is the link to the site.
I am a member of the Boston chapter of the American
As always, comments and feedback are appreciated.
Mr. Geller is serious.
He really would like to hear some comments!
send a note if you’re willing,
simply to be forwarded to him if you prefer,
or (we hope!) to be shared here.
(Just let us know which it is.)
Foundation moves to tighten controls on PC(USA)
Committee formed to review
requests for proxy votes, other activities
In a move that would seem to weaken efforts of the
Presbyterian Church to be socially responsible in the management of its
investments, the Presbyterian Foundation is claiming that it is the owner of
the church’s invested money, and not the church itself. Thus it claims the
right to manage those investments, and carry on shareholder actions or
divestment under the guidance of its own committee, without having to follow
direction from the General Assembly Council, and its Mission Responsibility
Through Investment (MRTI) committee.
the report from Presbyterian News Service >>
A thoughtful and informed Jew praises
Presbyterian commitment to dialogue, and laments present policies of
Eric Geller refers to the PC(USA) study paper
approved in 1987, called, "A Theological
Understanding of the Relationship Between Christians and Jews." He is
apparently responding to the
latest Presbyterian steps toward divestment.
his letter >> [8-19-05]
Presbyterians continue to pursue possible
divestment from companies supporting Israeli occupation of Palestine
The Presbyterian Church’s Mission
Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) committee , meeting last week in
Seattle, chose five multinational corporations — Caterpillar,
Citigroup, ITT Industries, Motorola and United Technologies — for
"progressive engagement" about business practices believed to contribute to
violence in Israel and Palestine.
After several hours of discussion on Aug. 5, the MRTI
committee unanimously selected the five companies and agreed to begin
discussions with them about their involvement in the conflict.
the Presbyterian News Service report >>
Also, about 20 members of the PCUSA went to Seattle to
express support for the General Assembly’s decision to start a process of
"phased selective divestment."
The article >>
And officials of firms on ‘engagement’ list
defended their business practices in Israel-Palestine, with some expressing
puzzlement, others sticking to earlier statements.
The story >>
Critical responses have come, too
Laurie Goodstein, writing in the New York Times, gives a rather
negative view of the MRTI action, including this comment:
"This is a brilliantly organized political campaign to
hurt Israel, and it's not going to help a single Palestinian," said Rabbi
Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish
watchdog group based in Los Angeles. "When you look at the list of
companies, this is basically a recipe for Israel to disarm."
She also cites Stated Clerk Clifton Kirkpatrick’s continuing effort to
help people understand what’s really going on:
The Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk of the
Presbyterian Church U.S.A., said in an interview: "It's not a campaign to
divest from the state of Israel. We're fully committed to the state of
Israel. But it is a campaign to divest from particular activities that are
doing damage and creating injustice and violence, whether that's the
building of the separation barrier, construction related to the
occupation, or weapons and materials that lead to suicide bombings."
Read this in the
(registration required) or on
Another negative comment:
"Churches gang up on Israel"
In a remarkably similar, but more overtly slanted article, columnist Tom
Teepen says the Presbyterian Church is leading other churches in "get-tough
policies toward Israel ostensibly designed to force peace with the
Palestinians, but [that are] are more likely to sabotage peace than to
in the Minneapolis Star Tribune >>
A frequent reader comments on the New York Times column:
The Times piece on MRTI's announcement is only slightly better than what
I would expect from the Layman. It gives lots of attention to what other
people are saying and studiously diminishes both the content of MRTI's
statement and the expertise behind it. Like so much of what we have seen, it
manages to imply that selecting targets and topics for engagement is
tantamount to proceeding with taking our money out of Israel sometime this
week. The Times needs to be called on the carpet for buying in to an
hysterical side show so fully that it appears to be unwilling to present
either the case MRTI has made or the reality of the process our church has
undertaken. On Saturday the piece was one of the top five articles that
people had looked at on-line.
The assumption that these big serious companies will not engage our silly
little church is both ill-informed and debilitating. The news that our
church might influence its targets with holdings so small as $60 million
total in companies whose market capitalization amounts to tens or even a
couple of hundred of Billions is a serious enough matter to excite all that
blather makes it real clear that a lot of folks who are real good at getting
access to the news media do not agree with the assumption.
Perhaps someone should explain to some folks that the PCUSA's holdings in
these companies stocks are the PCUSA's property, and the church has property
rights to make decisions about its holdings based on its own perception of
its interests and responsibilities.
NOTE: The Witherspoon Society board has been and continues to
be supportive of the action of the General Assembly and the continuing
efforts of MRTI to seek effective ways of resisting the violence in
Israel/Palestine. The possible divestment of certain stock holdings is
a way of opening dialogue with corporations about their actions that appear
to perpetuate the violence. Will it solve all the problems of the
Middle East? Not likely. But it does offer one small step toward
peace, and away from violence. Can we do less?
UCC OKs possible divestment in Middle East
The United Church of Christ
voted Tuesday to use "economic leverage" to promote peace between Israel and
Palestinians and to call for the dismantling of the Jewish state's security
Anglican council urges member churches to
consider disinvestment from companies supporting Israeli occupation of
Anglicans yesterday voted to urge their member churches to consider
disinvesting from companies involved in Israel's occupation of Palestinian
The Anglican consultative council, Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of
Canterbury, voted unanimously for the measure.
The vote was prompted by the Anglican Justice and Peace Network, and is
being seen as largely symbolic. The resolution, while weaker than the one
originally proposed, still calls on the church to pressure firms involved in
Israel's activities in the occupied territories. Any company would first be
talked to, but ultimately churches could sell their shares in them.
Petition seeks withdrawal of GA action for Israel
The Rev. David Oliver-Holder, of Hartland, WI, calls our
attention to a petition which has come to his church’s e-mail address. The
subject line read: "Help Rescind the PCUSA General Assembly Divestment
The text follows:
I ask you to join more than 2,000 Presbyterians who have already signed a
petition calling on the 216th General Assembly to return in special
session to debate fully last summer's Israel Divestment Resolution. You
can do this by adding your name to the petition at
Please inform your leaders and congregation about this
opportunity to sign the petition! A PCUSA survey found 61% of our
membership unaware the General Assembly had voted to initiate a divestment
from corporations doing business in Israel.
The strongest proponents for these anti-Israeli policies
proclaimed their actions "prophetic." This is their way of justifying why
they adopted these policies without the fair and balanced debate
traditionally a part of our Church's historic sense of decency and
orderliness. Please support a fair debate by adding your name to the
petition and asking others to do the same.
Petition Manager and an elder at
First Presbyterian Church
Have you received a similar petition?
If you know anything more about it, or have been involved in discussions
we’d like to hear from you.
Just send a
to be shared here for the enlightenment of others.
From the Moderator:
Dialogue about the divestment
issue can happen
Moderator Rick Ufford-Chase has shared on his moderatorial blog a good
experience meeting with Presbyterians in Las Vegas who gathered to share
concerns about the General Assembly’s action last year to explore the
possibility of divestment of stock in companies that support Israel’s
occupation of Palestinian territories.
Another attack on Palestinian Christians and the
Presbyterian action on Israel/Palestine and divestment
A group calling itself the
has recently issued a statement condemning a number of Christian pastors in
the West Bank and Gaza who are criticizing the Israeli occupation of
Palestine. They are compared to Christians in Nazi Germany who cooperated
with Hitler’s regime, and it is charged that “some of these pastors have
introduced Islamic concepts of jihad and violent martyrdom into their
The David Project,
which is the founder of the Judeo-Christian Alliance, has also issued a
lengthy paper condemning the PCUSA action, under the title,
The David Project states its
mission as promoting “a fair and honest understanding of the conflict. We
believe that the values of tolerance, pluralism, and civil society are
prerequisites for achieving genuine peace for all people in the Middle East
. We do not endorse a political agenda beyond Israel ’s right to exist
securely and peacefully among its Arab neighbors.”
But they define the nature of
the conflict as “the struggle for Jewish political sovereignty and
self-determination in the Middle East. The conflict is rooted in Arab
leaders’ rejection of political equality for religious and ethnic
The Presbyterian Layman web
site has recently linked to the Judeo-Christian Alliance condemnation of
Palestinian Christians, without comment of its own.
Towards a Just and Durable Peace:
Presbyterian Bruce Gillette speaks to the
United Nations on Israelis and Palestinians
On March 9,
2005, the Rev. Bruce Gillette, moderator for the Assembly Committee on
Peacemaking of the
216th General Assembly
(2004), spoke to a special meeting of the United Nations in Geneva about the
creative actions for peace and justice for all in the Middle East that were
taken by the assembly. One week after the assembly met, the International
Court of Justice (the principal judicial organ of the United Nations since
1946) issued an
that "the construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying
Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East
Jerusalem, and its associated régime, are contrary to international law."
The UN held a special meeting on the question of Palestine on March 8-9,
2005 in its Geneva offices for the purpose of exploring the implications of
the ICJ opinion and peacemaking efforts in the Middle East by various groups
in society through the support of international law. The Presbyterian Church
(USA) was the only religious organization to be invited to make a
presentation at this meeting.
Read the full
text of Gillette’s statement, which offers a careful tracing of the
background of the PC(USA) action at the 216th General Assembly,
the process and criteria by which divestment decisions are shaped and
weighed, and much more.
A former Israeli soldier calls for divestment as a way to
Darrell and Sue Yeaney have shared with us
article published in The Nation. Calling it "a powerful witness
to the truth by an former member of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), [and]
a witness that few Americans see, hear or know," they encourage people to
share it with friends and acquaintances.
After recounting his experiences in the Israeli army
(including the torture of Palestinian detainees), he says:
After years of failed political efforts by the Israeli
and international human rights community aimed at ending the occupation,
it is clear that new approaches must be implemented. It is time for
American civic institutions to support a multi-tiered campaign of
strategic, selective sanctions against Israel until the occupation ends.
Since the Israeli government is flagrantly disobeying the ICJ decision,
international law mandates the use of sanctions to force Israel to comply
with UN resolutions and human rights treaties.
The first step for American institutions is to engage in
selective divestment--withdrawal of their investments from companies that
are, directly or indirectly, funding the occupation.
PCUSA and divestment from Israel
supported by Jewish organization
A representative of Jewish Voice for Peace tells Chicago Presbyterians why
her group appreciates and supports the PC(USA)’s considering possibilities
for selective divestment from companies that are providing equipment and
other support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.
Thanks to PresbyWeb for this connection.
Another Jewish group supports
note has just come to us from Kathleen Eschen-Pipes, a Presbyterian Minister
in Santa Cruz, CA. [2-28-05]
Yet another Israeli group comes out in
support of selective divestment. Best known for its work to support
conscientious objectors, New Profile seeks to civil-ize Israeli society.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom,
Money, morals & Israel: The
Presbyterian case for divesting from Israel
Vernon Broyles, associate for corporate
witness for the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church
(U.S.A.), recently provided a clear articulation of the background of the
PC(USA) action to consider divesting from corporations providing material
support for the destructive aspects of Israel's occupation of Palestinian
in Christian Century, he concludes: "It is time for us to join
forces----Christian, Jewish, Muslim----to demand of our leaders a secure and
lasting peace in the region. The people of Israel/Palestine must have it;
peace in the region and the world requires it; and our God commands it. If
we could manage that, the discussion of divestment would be irrelevant.
Thank God for those who already have shown the courage to begin."
You can also read two critical responses to
from Barbara Wheeler, president of Auburn
Theological Seminary in New York City, who argues that divestment will in
this case be both ineffective and unwise.|
Youdovin, who is executive vice president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and
president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.|
responds to their criticisms.
Jewish leaders continue to reject PC(USA)'s explanation
ADL accuses church of siding with Palestinians
Presbyterian News Service reports on a
recent meeting of a representative of the PC(USA) with leaders of the
Anti-Defamation League in West Palm Beach, Florida, in yet another effort to
reach some understanding of the 216th General Assembly's action
to consider divestment from corporations that profit by supporting Israel's
occupation of the Palestinian territories.
The ADL leaders apparently continued to reject the
Presbyterian Church action, with Abraham Foxman, ADL national director,
labeling it as "moral hypocrisy."
the full story.
in research phase of divestment process related to Israel, Palestine
Ecumenical partners' actions creating 'movement,' says
The Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment
(MRTI) is continuing to research which corporations the Presbyterian Church
(U.S.A.) should target for a General Assembly-mandated "process of
selective, phased divestment" because of their involvement in the Israeli
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
The group expects to identify which companies to engage in
dialogue -- the first step in the process -- at its next meeting, scheduled
for Aug. 4-6 in the Seattle area, said Bill Somplatsky-Jarman, the lead
researcher for MRTI. [2-15-05]
Letting your voice be
heard ... on staff dismissals and on divestment
Many Presbyterians have been
concerned about the abrupt dismissal of two national staff people in
November, 2004, and about threats to the PC(USA)'s long-standing program for
responsible investment. We've gathered some suggestions for people
whom you might contact to let your thoughts be made known to those most
directly involved. [2-15-05]
Poll: Most PC(USA) members unaware of GA divestment
Presbyterian ministers, members
divided over divestment
A recent survey by the
PC(USA) Research Services office indicates that
most Presbyterian laity are not aware of the 216th General
Assembly's decision to "begin a process of phased, selective divestment" of
companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
More laity -- 42 percent of members and 46 percent of elders -- oppose
selective phased divestment than favor it (28 percent of members, 30 percent
of elders). But pastors favor the Assembly's action by a 48 - 43 percent
margin and specialized clergy favor the divestment decision by a margin of
64 -24 percent. [2-11-05]
Read the rest of the
Israeli group endorses PCUSA actions
The Israeli Committee Against House
Demolitions - ICAHD
- has endorsed the action of the 2004 General
Assembly, calling for selective divestment from companies profiting from
Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory.
There's a brief report
on the ICAHD statement on their website, as well as
[The reference to the Presbyterian action is
near the bottom of a fairly long page.]
Thanks to Kathleen Eschen-Pipes
Commemorating Auschwitz [1-26-05]
January 27 marks the 60th anniversary of the
liberation by Soviet troops of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp which, with its
gas ovens and crematoria, came to epitomize more than any other the horrors
and efficiency of the Nazi death machine.
honors the victims, the survivors, and those who tried to help - and
reminds the nations that massive horrors against humanity continue
Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations,
addressed a Special Session of the General Assembly on Jan. 24, remembering
the terrible deeds of the Holocaust, honoring the victims and those few who
tried to help them. He also recalled that other groups were subjected to
similar treatment by the Nazis, and that the world, to its shame, still
allows similar things to happen - in Cambodia, in Rwanda, in the former
Yugoslavia, and now in Darfur, Sudan.
Survivor Elie Wiesel looks back at the Auschwitz
death factory 60 years later.
'This Cannot Be True' ... but It Was
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace laureate and a Holocaust survivor
and author of 40 books, writes a
Commentary essay in the Los Angeles Times. He notes that today
"the world has grown used to seeing pictures and hearing stories of huge,
frightening, nature-made or man-made catastrophes from places like Bosnia,
Rwanda and South Asia. But Auschwitz remains a case apart. It is unique."
His closing lines:
One cannot conceive of Auschwitz with God or without
God. Ever since, all certainties need to be reexamined, all theories
All we know is that Auschwitz did not descend ready-made from heaven.
Human beings imagined it, built it, served it, used it against other human
beings. When all is said and done, it represents a grave theological
challenge to Christianity, an immoral abdication on the part of humankind.
Were the torturers still human beings? Was it human then to be inhuman?
Today, when I think of the guilty, I sense despair. But when I think of
the survivors, I strangely discover a compelling promise of hope.
Letter to Bush says Israeli-Palestinian conflict threatens U.S.
leaders, including Kirkpatrick, urge peace initiative
In a full -page ad in today's national edition of
The New York Times, leaders of Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant
and Evangelical churches and institutions urge President Bush to have the
courage to seize the opportunity and bring his leadership to ending the
Israeli -Palestinian conflict.
Palestine: a Witherspoon comment
The Witherspoon Society Executive
Committee supports the statements of the 216th General Assembly
on Israel and Palestine, and applauds the efforts of our national staff
and Moderator to maintain communication with the Jewish faith community
and others about the very difficult issues involved.
We dare to offer
a few suggestions for
the dialogue which will surely continue, and a quick survey of
some of the background
behind the current debates. [10-22-04]
We are happy to post also a
letter sent by Stated Clerk Clifton
Kirkpatrick to all stated clerks and executives of synods and
presbyteries, reporting on the recent meeting between a few leaders of the
PS(USA) and leaders of the Jewish faith community.
Jewish professor argues with "Israel's culture of martyrdom."
In The Nation (Jan. 10/17--they date things way ahead!) there's a
long review by Baruch Kimmerling, professor at Hebrew University in
Jerusalem, with the title "Israel's Culture of Martyrdom." It's very long
and detailed, but some points of interest are toward the end.
He notes that Hannah Arendt, after writing about the
Eichmann trial, was attacked by the Anti-Defamation League and other
organizations. He goes on to comment on the mood following 1967 and the
question of the future of the Occupied Territories. He says, "The frequency
and casualness with which Israeli Jews accuse one another of Nazi-like or
anti-Semitic behavior today is a disturbing measure of the coarsening of the
country's political culture." Any concession to the Arabs is labeled the
destruction of Israel, the end of Zionism, and the end of the Jewish people.
He goes on to say that Ariel Sharon is prime minister today because of a
campaign of vilification against a negotiated peace. He and his allies in
1995 attended a rally that called for the deaths of the "Oslo criminals."
Yitzhak Rabin was depicted in an SS uniform; the accords were viewed as a
betrayal of Greater Israel; and Rabin was shot a month later by Yigal Amir,
a seminary student.
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ratified (or not) by the presbyteries
A number of the most important actions of the 219th
General Assembly have now been acted upon by the presbyteries,
confirming most of them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book of Order.
We provided resources to help inform the
reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.
Our three areas of primary interest have been:
which removes the current ban on
lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as
possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.
which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of
Confessions. Disapproved, because as an amendment
to the Book of Confessions it needed a 2/3 vote, and did not
10-1, which adopts the new Form of Government
that was approved by the Assembly. Approved.|
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