Dear Fellow Sojourners:
These Regional Denominational Conversations will take place on Saturday September 21st, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., lunch included, at 77 Hildegard Dr., Moncton, New Brunswick, hosted by Bethel Presbyterian Riverview and St. Andrew’s Moncton. Please RSVP to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
We will be discussing the Remits coming through the Barrier Act, their implications, and possible ways forward for those who hold to a traditional understanding of marriage and biblical authority.
There is a great deal of concern among those who hold to a traditional reading of Scripture and understanding of marriage within the Presbyterian Church in Canada about the Remits being referred to Presbyteries for consideration by the last General Assembly in June 2019.
One of those remits proposes that the PCC “holds two parallel definitions of marriage and recognizes that faithful, Holy Spirit filled, Christ centered, God honouring people can understand marriage…” differently. The other proposes that congregations and presbyteries may call and ordain as ministers and ruling elders LGBTQI persons. Both seek to offer liberty of conscience in these matters.
Is there a place for those who adhere to the authority of Scripture and the traditional understanding of marriage should those Remits pass General Assembly? Can a conservative voice exist within the PCC? Even if these Remits do not pass General Assembly, what are the long term implications for conservatively minded Presbyterian congregations? What options are there for us moving forward in either scenario?
These are some of the questions we will be looking at on September 21st. Please spread the word among similarly minded Presbyterians in the Atlantic region.
Rev. Charles Cook and Rev. Dr. Martin Kreplin