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June 24, 2014
Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
" I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:1-3)
The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) meeting in Detroit, Michigan June 14-21, 2014, in prayerful deliberation by its commissioners, made decisions which will challenge us to faithfully engage in ministry where brothers and sisters differ on matters of the definition of marriage and an Authoritative Interpretation (AI). It also voted by very close margin (310-303) to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solution for engagement in peaceful pursuits in the Israel-Palestine issue.
The amendment sent to presbyteries for a vote changes the language in the Directory for Worship to define marriage as "a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and to support each other the rest of their lives." It concludes with this important qualification: "Nothing herein shall compel a teaching elder to perform, or compel a session to authorize the use of property for a marriage service that they believe contrary to the Word of God."
The Authoritative Interpretation affirms pastoral discretion in performing marriage ceremonies. In Brief, the AI allows PCUSA pastors to exercise their conscience in performing same-sex marriages in marriage equality states.
These three issues became and have become sources of disagreement and conflict in our denomination and have been and will be highlighted in the news media. For the marriage issue and the Authoritative Interpretation, I have attached a FAQ on PCUSA and Marriage and what that means for congregations in Mission Presbytery. This has been shared with all presbyteries in the Synod of the Sun.
The General Assembly also voted and passed other important issues that impact the life of our church. It voted to include the Belhar Confession to our Book of Confessions. This confession was adopted by the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa in 1986 dealing with South African Apartheid and has been adopted by numerous denominations around the world. Both the adoption of the Belhar confession and the proposed definition of marriage will be sent to 172 presbyteries and will become part of our constitution with a majority vote.
Other actions of the General Assembly were: Electing Ruling Elder Heath Rada as Moderator and Teaching Elder Larissa Kwong Abazia Vice Moderator; recommend removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and restoring relationship with Cuba; urged for Immigration Reform now; the dissolution of Korean Hanmi non-geographical Presbytery; just to name a few.
Our challenge now before us is to faithfully engage with brothers and sisters who differ and grow in a more excellent way living in love and forbearance amid our differences.
In Christ's service,
Ruben Armendariz, RE
Acting Head of Staff