Looking Ahead, Looking to God: PFR Proposes a Non-Geographic Synod
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 15:23
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In June 2008 a simple majority of the 218th General Assembly proposed the removal of G-6.0106b (biblical standards of fidelity and chastity) to the presbyteries, requiring, for the fourth time in a dozen years, the time and energy of people across the PC(USA) be expended on debating the clear teaching of Scripture.  When, in one vote, the same Assembly removed three decades of Authoritative Interpretation, Presbyterians for Renewal was compelled to declare the time had come to find a new way to relate to one another within the PC(USA).

We continue to contest for the historic and global witness of the Church to remain the faith and practice of our denomination.  But, biblical and missional faithfulness compels us to direct energy away from answering the self-serving demands of a minority within our own denomination to joyfully proclaiming Jesus Christ in the world.  Passion and energy that has been diverted to an interminable internal struggle must be released into active participation in God's mission.

To this end, Presbyterians for Renewal launched an ambitious campaign to converse with Presbyterians across the denomination.  In the course of five months, we held over 40 regional gatherings, listening and responding to over 3000 people.  Simultaneously, we formed a resource team to prayerfully consider new ways of relating within our denomination; ways that would allow both continued communal ties within the PC(USA), and uncompromised obedience to Jesus Christ.  For over a year this team reviewed previous polity proposals and considered new ones.

As a result of these conversations and deliberations, we now offer a bold proposal: the creation of a new, non-geographic synod that could minister both through and to the PC(USA).

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