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Denominational Updates from First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen | Denomination Updates from First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen

Frequently Asked Questions about ECO


Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO)

 1.      Where did ECO come from?

In January, 2011, a group of evangelical pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA) issued a “white paper” that outlined their differences with the denomination, and some possible ways that evangelicals might respond. One of the possible ways forward that was outlined in the paper was the creation of a new denomination that would be evangelical in theology, lean in structure, and outwardly focused in mission. In January 2012, this new denomination was born at a gathering in Orlando, Florida, with over 2000 participants representing almost 700 churches. Continue Reading…

Una Carta en conjunto con el Equipo de Relaciones de la Denominación de la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana de Dunellen (de parte de la Sesión) y el Equipo de Resolución del Presbiterio de Elizabeth

Mayo 6, 2012


Una Carta en conjunto con el Equipo de Relaciones de la Denominación

de la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana de Dunellen (de parte de la Sesión) y

el Equipo de Resolución del Presbiterio de Elizabeth


Queridas Hermanas y Hermanos en Jesucristo de la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana, Dunellen,

 Nos reunimos dos veces en los últimos dos meses. El 26 de marzo del 2012, examinamos la política y el proceso de despido del presbiterio; comprometidos el uno con el otro para proceder en amor cristiano marcado por la honestidad, gentileza pastoral, transparencia, respeto y responsabilidad; se dio oportunidad a los miembros de la Sesión de expresar sus preocupaciones individuales y colectivas acerca de las políticas de la denominación y sus prácticas. La Sesión proporcionó al Equipo de Resolución del Presbiterio materiales escritos y DVD de los foros congregacionales de Dunellen que describen las áreas en las cuales la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana de Dunellen discrepa con acciones dentro de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (U.S.A). Continue Reading…

Joint Letter from Presbytery Resolution Team and Denominational Relations Team to Dunellen Church members

May 6, 2012


A Joint Letter from the Denomination Relations Team

of First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen (on behalf of the Session) and

the Presbytery Resolution Team of the Elizabeth Presbytery


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ of the First Presbyterian Church, Dunellen,

We met twice in the past two months. On March 26, 2012, we reviewed the presbytery’s dismissal policy and process; committed to one another to proceed in Christian love marked by honesty, pastoral graciousness, transparency, respect and accountability; and gave Session members an extended opportunity to express their individual and collective concerns about denominational policies and practices.  The Session provided to the Presbytery Resolution Team written and DVD materials from Dunellen’s congregational forums that describe the areas that the First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen disagrees with actions within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Continue Reading…

Highest Presbyterian Court Rules: Believe What You Will, We Won’t Stop You

Today the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission (the highest court in the PC(USA), upheld the Presbytery of San Francisco’s decision to approve Lisa Larges, a woman openly living in a lesbian relationship, for ordination as a pastor.

One of the people who brought suit against the presbytery is well known to readers of this blog: Mary Naegeli.

Follow this link to read her summary and response to this ruling.


What does the Bible REALLY Say about Homosexuality?

Many from the Liberal/Progressive wing of the church claim that the Bible doesn’t really address the question of homosexuality at all – at least homosexuality as we understand it today.

This 28 minute video is an excellent basic response to those claims. Check it out at


Carta a Dunellen Traduccion

19 de abril 2012

Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo, de la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana de Dunellen,

Gracia y paz a vosotros, de Dios el Padre y el Señor Jesucristo! El 20 de febrero de 2012, la sesión de la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana de Dunellen votó a favor de recomendar a su congregación y al presbiterio que quiere ser despidida a otro cuerpo de la iglesia reformada. Como resultado de esa decisión, el Presbiterio de Elizabeth, de acuerdo con su recientemente aprobada Política de Desafiliación / Despido formó un equipo de resolución de Presbiterio. Como ustedes saben, en la tradición presbiteriana / reformada, creemos que la mejor manera de discernir la voluntad y la mente de Cristo en la comunidad es dedicándonos a la oración, el estudio de las Escrituras y de nuestro Libro de Confesiones, y la discussion y debate mutuo. Por lo tanto, cualquier acción final de su congregación a ser despedida se requiere una acción afirmativa por parte de su congregación y el presbiterio. Continue Reading…

Letter from Elizabeth Presbytery

April 19, 2012

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen,

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! On February 20, 2012, the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen voted to recommend to your congregation and to the presbytery to be dismissed to another Reformed church body. As a result of that decision, the Presbytery of Elizabeth, in accordance with its recently approved Disaffiliation/Dismissal Policy, formed a Presbytery Resolution Team. As you may know, in the Presbyterian/Reformed tradition, we believe that we can best discern the will and mind of Christ in community, as we engage in prayer, study of Scripture and our confessions, and mutual discussion and debate. Thus, any final action for your congregation to be dismissed will require an affirmative action by your congregation and the presbytery. Continue Reading…

Congregational Town-Hall Meeting May 6

Today, all of our church’s members received a letter from the Presbytery of Elizabeth inviting them to a “Congregational Town-Hall Meeting” on Sunday, May 6. There will actually be two meetings: The first at 11:40 am in English, and the second at 3:30 pm in Spanish.

The session strongly encourages all members to attend one of these two meetings, at which the Presbytery Resolution Team will present their perspective on the session’s recommendation that First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen be dismissed from the PC(USA) and join the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. We want our congregation to be fully informed, and we want your voice to be heard.


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