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

Are we speaking the same language?

Joseph Small, former director of theology, worship, and education ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) wrote an “open letter” to the church regarding the theology paper from the Fellowship of Presbyterians and divisions in the church. Pastor Wildrick wrote a brief response to two of the points in his letter. You can read both below.

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Fellowship of Presbyterians Theology and Polity Drafts

Theology and Polity Draft Documents

Drafts of the documents the Theology and the Polity work groups have written are now available on the Fellowship website and in downloadable PDF format through the links below.  We invite you to read these materials carefully and respond with helpful comments and suggestions through January 6, 2012. Dedicated email addresses for your feedback are listed on the cover page of each document.

We are deeply grateful for the significant time of prayer and research the Theology and Polity work groups have invested.  We thank them for their careful, faithful work.

Download Theology

Download Polity



Are Tiers Still an Option

This summer The Fellowship of Presbyterians suggested four options, or tiers, that congregations might pursue in response to changes in the PC(USA). You can read a more detailed description HERE, but in short the tiers are:

1) Remain in the PC(USA).

2) Create new “overlay,” or non-geographical presbyteries based on theological “like mindedness.”

3) Create dual leadership structures within existing presbyteries

4) Create a New Reformed Body

Since August, the PC(USA) has apparently ruled out tier 2. Tier 3, while being explored, has met with little enthusiasm. In this latest news from The Fellowship of Presbyterians, the leadership reflects on what options remain as they prepare for the Covenanting Conference in Orlando in January.


Why a “Covenanting” Conference in Orlando?

Here is the latest from the Fellowship of Presbyterians. Expect frequent updates in the next few weeks.


New Presbytery Policy

At its November 2011 meeting, our presbytery adopted a policy for working with churches seeking dismissal from the presbytery to another denomination. We know that many of our members have been wondering what the policy is, so we are attaching it here.

Process for Disaffiliation



Another denomination breaking ties with PC(USA)?

In previous generations American mainline churches were growing and sending missionaries to Africa. Today, African churches are strong and growing, and they are witnessing to us.

It sounds like the Presbyterian Church in Ghana is ready to break ties with the PC(USA) because of the PC(USA)’s distortion of the Bible’s teaching on human sexuality. Read about it here: http://www.layman.org/news.aspx?article=29482

Presbyterians for Renewal Chimes In

Our church has been a long-time supporter of “Presbyterians for Renewal.” Follow this link for their thoughtful editorial on our current denominational crisis, with an Advent perspective.


What does the Bible really say about same-sex relations?

Much has been said about the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality and other sexual relationships outside of the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman. Quite frankly, no one knows more about this subject, and no one has said it better than Professor Robert Gagnon from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

His website has a wealth of materials for your study, including videos of several of his talks.


If you want to know what the Bible really has to say about human sexuality, Dr. Gagnon’s website is an excellent place to start.

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