PSALT — Presbyterians Standing for Apostolic Love and Truth — is a national movement which aims at building the Presbyterian Church into a thoroughly biblical and Reformed expression of Christian discipleship and witness.
In an attempt to be inclusive, Remits B and C, sent down through the Barrier Act in 2019, tried to straddle the theological divide between liberal and conservative Christians, but the result is not only untenable (since any court of reason or law will reject the notion that something can be both light and dark), … Read more
A Joint Statement from PSALT and the Renewal Fellowship. Since the denomination’s beginning, there have been unofficial groups gathering within The Presbyterian Church in Canada. They have been structured to pursue particular goals of Christian ministry. Some have been of an ad hoc nature, with both leadership and focus changing regularly. Others have been organized … Read more
This week, Assembly Council published the minutes of its October 27, 2020, meeting in which the report of its Gracious Dismissal Committee was on the agenda. A majority on the council voted not to receive it "until at least after the General Assembly has dealt with Remits B and C." Notwithstanding this decision ... Read more
Evangelical, traditional, orthodox, or conservative individuals in the PCC will be worshipping and praying together then breaking off into groups based on the four possible pathways: Détente (Stay and Pray), Detach, Depart, Discern. There are two dates to choose from: February 20 at Noon Eastern and February 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern. Register via <email@example.com>. Zoom links will be sent after registration. Full details about the covenant can be found ... Read more
Dear colleagues in ministry: The Presbyterian/Reformed tradition has had a strong commitment to mission. Our shared mission work has historically been one of the ties that bind us together as a family in Christ’s service. How we support that work is changing for many reasons – not the least of which are theological. Congregations want … Read more
In light of the failing theological and structural integrity of the PCC, the 2017 Psalt Conference identified three responses which those who share the common doctrinal unity of our Basis of Union were considering. Some were prepared to “stay and pray”; others were looking as to how they might “pull away”; and still others were looking to “pull out” and leave the PCC. This document takes a closer look at what has occurred over the past three years in these various streams, and may serve as a resource to Sessions and congregations as they try to determine which stream they are going to end up in. … Read more
Nothing is more alienating than the church you love abandoning faithful doctrine and practice to the point that you no longer can identify with it. Faithfulness to Jesus Christ, through the direction of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, through the Scriptures is our first calling. While the marriage and sexuality … Read more
Two advocates before the Supreme Court of Canada have written opinions that if the Remits are implemented in their current form, it will be difficult to effectively defend the position of PCC clergy, congregations, or members who refuse to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies, with potential resulting liability to the PCC itself. Any member of a church court can forward these legal opinions to their court’s clerk … Read more
We are very grateful for the spirit underlying the presentation of the remits to the 145th General Assembly. For a long time and certainly since 2015 this debate has had times of rancour and division. The expressed attitude of the mover of these remits was one intended to promote harmony and unity. For such action we are … Read more
From October 2019 through March 2020, each of the 45 presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church in Canada voted on the two remits concerning same-sex marriage and ordination. A majority of the 45 presbyteries approved, and that majority consists of at least half of the combined total of the constituent members on the rolls of presbyteries, so the remits will go to the next General Assembly, expected in 2021, which is free to vote “Yes” or “No”. The results of the voting are posted here.