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

¿Por qué nos estamos alineando con otra denominación y no nos quedamos con la PC (USA)?

Marzo 5, 2012
Queridos Miembros de la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana de Dunellen,

El 20 de febrero, nuestra sesión votó por unanimidad notificar al Presbiterio de
Elizabeth que deseamos comenzar el proceso de despido de nuestra actual casa
denominacional que es la Iglesia Presbiteriana (USA) y ser despedidos hacia otra
denominación Presbiteriana.

Si bien esto fue largamente discutido en la reunión Congregacional del 12 de febrero,
queremos comunicarles a fondo sobre esta cuestión y la sesión me ha pedido que
responda a algunas de las preguntas que hemos escuchado o anticipamos escuchar
sobre esta importante decisión.

Occupy love: A same-sex Wedding at Occupy DC

By Emily Crockett / Campus Progress

Under a statue of General James McPherson and cloudy skies that occasionally broke into sun, two long-time members of the Occupy DC encampment made their 15-year partnership official on Saturday.

Marina Brown and Laura Potter were the first couple (and, inherently, the first same-sex couple) to be married at Occupy DC.

They tied the knot in front of about 30 people at McPherson Square, which occupiers called home for more than four months before being evicted in February, and which still houses some tents as symbolic protest.
Brown and Potter had been married through a Pagan handfasting ritual for 11 years, so they viewed this ceremony as a renewal of their vows.

Brown and Potter wore headscarves to show solidarity with other faiths, were blessed by leaders of both their Pagan and Unitarian congregations, and the ceremony was officiated by Brian Merritt, a Presbyterian minister.

READ the full article: http://campusprogress.org/articles/occupy_love_a_same-sex_wedding_at_occupy_dc/

Churches Continue Exodus From PCUSA

Foro de Disciplina de la Iglesia

Este es un enlace a un video de nuestro tercer foro sobre cuestiones denominaciones. El tema es la disciplina eclesiástica.


First Presbyterian Begins Process for Dismissal from PC(USA)

The following letter was mailed to all church members this week. A Spanish translation will follow.

March 5, 2012

Dear Members of First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen,

On February 20, our session voted unanimously to notify the Presbytery of Elizabeth that we wish to begin the process for dismissal from the Presbyterian Church (USA), our current denominational home, and into another Presbyterian denomination.

While this was discussed at length at the February 12th Congregational meeting, we want to communicate thoroughly on this issue, and the session has asked me to answer some of the questions we have heard or anticipate hearing about this important decision.

 Why are we aligning with another denomination and not remaining with the PC(USA)?

We have watched over the course of decades as the PC(USA) has made decisions that distance it from traditional, orthodox Christian beliefs about the Bible, God, salvation, and biblical teaching on sexual purity. Many renewal efforts have been undertaken in hopes of restoring the direction of our denomination, but the momentum of the denomination continues in a direction that is no longer supportive of our core beliefs and values as a congregation. The result is we believe the PC(USA) is no longer a good-fit as a home for us to undertake the ministry we believe God has called us to.

Continue Reading…

Forum on Church Discipline

On March 4, the session held our third Congregational Forum on Denominational Issues. The subject was “The Meaning and Importance of Church Discipline.” Pastor Jeff explained that “discipline” is different than punishment. Discipline is our attempt to steer people toward godly living, and protect the body from false teaching or immoral behavior. He then gave examples of how discipline is supposed to work, works, and doesn’t work in the PC(USA) and our church.

You can listen to or download an audio or video recording of this or any of the forums at http://dunellenpres.org/media.php?pageID=49

Discipline Forum FPCD Slides

Church Discipline Forum handout

PC(USA) Approves Same-Sex Partner Benefits

Same-Gender Partner Benefits Approved for Benefits Plan of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

PHILADELPHIA (March 3, 2012) – Same-gender domestic partners of members enrolled for coverage in the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be eligible for spousal and child benefits, beginning January 1, 2013. To qualify, the member must verify that he or she has a civil license or certificate evidencing a civil marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) announced today. Continue Reading…

An Update on Hispanic Churches in Texas

Rarely have I been so moved and so saddened. This is written by the one of the Hispanic pastors in Texas who, with his congregation, asked their presbytery for mercy as they chose to reaffiliate with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Note that they did not use the presbytery’s dismissal process, for reasons described in an earlier post.


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