|News from 2001|
|5 December 2001 -- Newsletter
number 7 is published.
4 December 2001 -- The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission decides the appeal of the case against First Presbyterian Church of Stamford is moot. See "Stamford Case"
28 October 2001 -- The Reverend Janie Spahr was the guest preacher at the Sunday worship at First Pres in Hartford.
16 October 2001 -- Welcome
First Presbyterian Hartford! At its meeting tonight the Session
of First Presbyterian Church in Hartford CT voted to become the third church
member of Presbyterian Promise. Their action, and a note from pastor Terry
25 June 2001 -- Presbyterian Promise publishes its GA Special Edition with the texts of three major actions and reflections about the Assembly.News from 2000
12 June 2001 -- The Committee on Ordination Standards votes to recommend to General Assembly approval of the New York City overture 01-08 calling for removal of all impediments to ordination of gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgender people. See more on this story at http://www.tamfs.org/new/ga213/osAction.asp and http://www.pcusa.org/ga213/news/ga01072.htm
9 June 2001 -- The Welcoming Worship in
New Haven was blessed -- the day was perfect and everyone came through.
This was truly "owned" and prayed for by a lot of different people. Our
unofficial attendance was 137. Though that isn't huge, we had no idea if
anyone would come. Instead, the church seemed full, and full of spirit.
Beverly Deloatch, of Center Church, leaned over to me and remarked that
she'd never been in church where so many people came in smiling. The observation
that these worships are happy events has often been made, in surprise,
before. A minister at the Minneapolis MLP conference years ago said he'd
never been in a conference with so much laughter; the folks at Lewis and
Clark at the Portland conference said that even their kitchen staff were
commenting on how happy people seemed to be. It's an important and completely
unreported sign of the spirit in what we do. Anyway, back to Saturday:
all the sponsoring churches came through with financial and people support
-- MCC had lots of people there in their MCC T-shirts, so we know people
from that congregation were there. Nancy Walker agreed to serve as
a greeter from First, and Erin was there, as were Bill and Maria. The music
was stunning -- Wayne was wonderful. Of course many people had never heard
him before; the church was absolutely still as he sang. It was wonderful.
I felt very satisfied that those leading the service were diverse, gay
and lesbian and straight, people of color, diverse in theology. Even the
Unitarians took equal part. I think we avoided most major mistakes and
can build on a happy and solid foundation. I'm am very thankful. Finally,
our free will offering was almost $740 which will be divided between AIDS
Project New Haven and Love Makes a Family.
6 June 2001 -- Our fifth Newsletter is published!
28 March 2001 -- Presbyterian Promise has
been busy! We’ve been working both to respond to the vision
of a more loving and just church and to develop a more effective organization.
Details follow, but here’s a quick review.
Program: All are invited to live in God’s kingdom, and one opportunity to experience this is coming soon! Come celebrate inclusive love with us at our first ever benefit -- Wayne Osborne and Friends -- Saturday evening, April 28, at Wilton Presbyterian Church. Be there! And Pres Prom is also playing a supportive role in the ecumenical worship on June 9th in New Haven, on New Haven’s Gay Pride Day.
Education is one of our founding purposes.
Legal matters: The precedent setting church trial concerning Stamford’s re-election of Wayne as elder is now before the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Committee, our highest church court.
We ask your prayers for all God’s people as we
struggle to see more clearly. We are in exciting times!