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In a meeting held in Chattanooga, delegates spoke for and against Amendment 14-F.
According to local media, one proponent was University of Tennessee campus minister Kally Elliott."We have a lot of students who come into our campus ministry with their story being one of hurt and shame given to them by the church," said Elliott."Our goal is to share with them the love of Jesus Christ and to let them know that they are fully loved, fully welcomed as they are, who they are."Last June the PCUSA General Assembly held in Detroit, Michigan, voted in favor of a recommendation to amend the denomination's Book of Order regarding the definition of marriage."A proposed amendment to change the constitution to include same-gender marriages in the church's constitution passed the General Assembly but must be ratified by a majority of the church's 172 regional presbyteries," explained PCUSA in a FAQ document."Presbyteries have one year to vote on the proposed amendment.
That is more than the membership losses in both 2014 (-92,433) and 2013 (-89,296)."The Layman is the publication for the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a group of theologically conservative Presbyterians whose founding predate the formation of PCUSA.
Presbyterian Lay Committee President Carmen Fowler La Berge told The Christian Post that she believes the estimated losses for 2015 were "based on preliminary reporting by presbyteries to the Office of the General Assembly.""We also assume that the 2016 projection of 100,000 is based on information that the OGA has about churches in the process of seeking to leave the PCUSA.
That battle was laid to rest in 1983 with the unification of the two churches."Many of them are doing it at incredible cost: They've lost their buildings, the Presbytery's locked their doors and closed their bank account.
But they're willing to pay that price for what they believe," said the Rev.
But the church split during the Civil War over how the Bible was interpreted.