Hesed Discussion Forum - Polity


 

"How Far Forbearance?: The Authority of the Presbytery Regarding Ordination," by Ellen L. Babinsky, Associate Professor of Church History, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas. [Originally published in Insights, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1991. Reproduced with permission and with an additional note from the author].

"Open Ordination: The Path to Peace in the Presbyterian Church," by Gene Huff, Honorably Retired Member of the Presbytery of San Francisco and former Executive Presbyter, San Gabriel and Western Reserve Presbyteries.

"PCUSA Polity Reflection," Stated Clerk Clifton Kirkpatrick and Associate Stated Clerk C. Fred Jenkins (April 4, 1997).

National Capital Presbytery votes to file against the OGA, May 27, 1997

"A Few More Questions," Frank B. Baldwin, III, Elder, The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

"Brief Comments on the Stated Clerk's 'Polity Reflection'" by Bill Youlton.

"The Dilemma of Defining Sin: a Reformed Tradition Perspective," by Virginia L. Lewis [study materials related to the above contribution].

"Practices called 'Sin' by Our Confessions," compiled by Frank B. Baldwin, III.

An Opposing Viewpoint:"A Positive View of Amendment B," Julius B. Poppinga, Elder, Grace Presbyterian Church, Montclair, New Jersey.

Response: "The Issue is Inclusiveness," Virginia L. Lewis, Elder, the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas (and Hesed Moderator).

Response: "A Gentle Response to Mr. Julius Poppinga," Frank B. Baldwin, III, Elder, The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

Letter from Robert Listou to C. Fred Jenkins, PC(USA) Associate Stated Clerk, May 3, 1997.

"Polity Crisis in the PC(USA)," by Robert Listou, PC(USA) Elder, Washington, D.C., May 3, 1998. UPDATED TO PROPOSE "AMENDMENT X"

"Dissent, Disobedience, Discipline and Defense," by Frank B. Baldwin, III, Elder, The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

An Opposing Viewpoint: "Covenants of Dissent: a Reach Too Far?" by Julius B. Poppinga, Elder, Grace Presbyterian Church, Montclair, New Jersey.

Response: "Lawful Dissent" Frank B. Baldwin, III, Elder, The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

"Call to Prompt Action," by Frank B. Baldwin, III, Elder, The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

An Opposing Viewpoint: "A Response to 'A Call to Prompt Action'" by Julius B. Poppinga, Elder, Grace Presbyterian Church, Montclair, New Jersey. [See Moderator's Note for response.]

"Amendment B: a Critical Analysis," by Frank B. Baldwin, III, Elder, The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

"A Modest Proposal" (with apologies to Jonathan Swift), by Patrick M. Magee, Elder, Stone Church of Willow Glen, San Jose, California.

Statement of the Senior High Youth to the Session of Third Church, Rochester, NY, April 27, 1997.

Statements and Actions Surrounding G-6.0106b, Third Church, Rochester, New York.

"Adult Education Council Study Materials - The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, September 1996, with accompanying article, "The Second Ordination Vow: The Primacy of Scripture" by Earl S. Johnson, Jr., pastor, First Church, Pittsford, N.Y., and Adjunct Professor in Ministry Studies at Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Reprinted with permission of the Editor, The Presbyterian Outlook, April 10, 1995, pages 7, 10-11]. [Moderator's note: these materials provide insight into the polity processes surrounding overtures and address as well Robert Listou's comments on the role of "control" in these processes. Read the Outlook article with Jack Rogers' comments in mind. What role do authority of scripture and Biblical interpretation play in our current debate on "Amendment B"?

Overtures to the 209th General Assembly related to Amendment B and surrounding polity issues.

"Assembly Approves 'Fidelity and Integrity' Amendment," Jerry van Marter, PCUSA News Service, June 20, 1997.

"Presentation for the General Assembly's Committee on the Book of Order Regarding Overture 97-10 as Amended," June 20, 1997, Syracuse, New York, by Laird J. Stuart, Chair.

"Ordination Standards: Comparing the *New* with the *Newer,*" by Frank B. Baldwin, III, Elder, The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania.

Amendments A and B Compared

The Case for Amendment A: a Summary

The Constitutional and Legal Rationale in Support of Amendment A, by Peter Oddleifson, Senior Partner, Rochester Law Firm, and Elder, Downtown United Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY.

The Fidelity and Chastity Amendment: its Impact on Presbyterian Tradition. Prepared by The Council Committee on Congregational Christian Witness for the Presbytery of Santa Fe, PC(U.S.A.) October, 1996.

Report to the Synod of Lakes and Prairies  of the Committee for Special Administrative Review of the "Covenant of Dissent" of the Presbytery of Milwaukee January 18, 1998.

"Christians in Dialogue: Hesed and the Presbyterian Review," Perspectives on "Enforcement" of G-6.0106b, March 1998.

Requiem for a denomination?: The Presbyterian Coalition's Visioning Team unveils proposed declaration and strategies for Church renewal (above links to a local reproduction of the Layman text which is difficult to read online)

"Enough is Enough" by the Rev. Bill Borrer, Senior Pastor, the Media Presbyterian Church, Media Pennsylvania with a response from Frank B. Baldwin, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Philadelphia. (Reprinted from Presbyweb)

 


 

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