The following dialogue took place on the hesed-l internet discussion list just after the Review published its March 8th update on "Enforcement" of G-6.0106b. It is being published jointly by the Review and by Hesed to encourage open, honest, and respectful communication among all in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at this time of uncertainty regarding "what will happen" now that G-6.0106b clearly will stand.
HESED is an informal group of pastors, elders, deacons and other lay church leaders dedicated to bringing about an inclusive church which affirms the common dignity of all people, the equality of all in Christ, and our common responsibility as Christians to fulfill the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ (Matt. 22:39; Mark 12:31; Gal. 5:14) to love our neighbors as ourselves, without judgment or condemnation (James 2:8-13). It has supported both covenants of dissent to G-6.0106b and "Amendment A" brought to the presbyteries for a vote this year. While its purpose goes far beyond the issue of GLBT ordination, it is representative of the broad-based support which exists within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for the ordination of lesbian and gay persons with appropriate gifts who are called by God to service.
The Presbyterian Review is an electronic publication of the Presbyterian Forum, an open fellowship of all persons within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who are committed to the belief that Presbyterians can make good decisions if provided with reliable, complete information within sufficient time to assimilate and assess that information - and whose focus is to provide timely access to information and assistance to governing bodies, councils, committees, commissions, task groups, and individuals and to glean from any and every source the Biblical, Confessional, constitutional, and relevant secular data needed to make fully enlightened decisions which will enhance the health, wholeness, and faithfulness of The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It has supported G-6.0106b and opposed Amendment A - and is generally interested in upholding the Constitution.
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