NOTE: Hesed has been inactive for some time due to professional time constraints. It is being maintained as an archive only.

Hesed [Hebrew for steadfast love or loving kindness] is an informal group of PC(USA) 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 in 1998 and now is active in supporting repeal of G-6.0106b. 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.

It supports - but is independent of - the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and its Call to Covenant Community issued in March 1998.

It is in the spirit of hesed - for God, for Jesus Christ, and for all our brothers and sisters in Christ - that Hesed seeks to provide a forum for mutual support of those concerned for the future of the PC(USA) and for those churches - not only "More Light" congregations, but many others as well - who lament the direction the church seems to be taking away from the richness and integrity of its tradition. It is dedicated to expressing this concern within the bounds of Scripture as revealed to us, the great confessional documents of our church, and church polity.

We encourage contributions. Contributions to Hesed dialogue may be of any length; they should, however, be thoughtful, consistent with the stated purpose of this Forum, and respectful. Contributions in the area of exegesis, church history and Reformed thought and practice, and Christian ethics are particularly welcomed. They will be linked to this web page so that all may share in them and respond to them.

Hesed Discussion Forum

Index of Hesed Site

For comments or questions about this page - and to contribute to it or respond to prior contributions, please send email to HESED. (Contributions may also be sent via mail or fax - see below.)

We also invite you to sign the HESED Guestbook

HESED, 1115 Nichols Farm Drive, Durham, NC 27703.

This web site last updated 7 January 2002. Moderator/Webmaster Virginia L. Lewis, PCUSA Elder and member, First Presbyterian Church, Durham, North Carolina. Email address: valewis@earthlink.net.

Hesed has a balanced linking policy and is a "virtual safe zone" for youth with questions about sexual orientation.