Presbyterian Promise News

  4 November -- The 30th issue of Presbyterian Promise News became available online and by mail.

17 September -- Hartford, CT -- On a gorgeous day (in the wrong month, of course) people gathered in Bushnell Park, in front of the Connecticut State Capital building, to celebrate Connecticut Pride.
...setting up

Ready for visitors


Our portrait ...Ralph, Keith, Jane, Dan, Pat


5 June -- First Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Promise gathered in worship June 5th. Here are some images and impressions of that time together.

2 June -- The 29th issue of Presbyterian Promise News is released, reflecting on Presbyterians saying YES! and on the work before us.

11 May -- The Presbyterian Promise board released this statement today in response to the ratification of proposed amendment 10-A:

We welcome the news that with the yes vote in the Twin Cities Presbytery last night, the proposed amendment 10-A has now received the necessary votes of the presbyteries and will become part of the next Book of Order, effective July 10, 2011. 

We give thanks and rejoice that those whom God has called may be able to serve in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

At the same time, we recognize that there has been much pain on all sides as we have struggled to be faithful to Jesus Christ on this issue. We recognize that the church never comes to rest but is always reforming. The challenges change, but they always involve prayerful discernment of how we are to be the salt in the world that leads to justice and love. Much work is still before us in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and as Presbyterian Promise.

The Presbyterian Promise board will be meeting on May 14th. At that time we will be considering many important matters, including:

  • Gathering in thanksgiving.
  • Identifying opportunities for healing. 
  • Helping congregations understand and live into this new dimension of polity.
  • Speaking to marriage equality.
  • Seeking ways to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender candidates in their vocations.
  • Spreading this good news to people outside the Presbyterian community.
We ask you to join us in prayers of thanksgiving, seeking God's blessing on the work that remains before us. We always welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

The Board of Presbyterian Promise

Dan Bender
Dan Blackford
Gail Faithfull
Anne Fuhrmeister
Dick Hasbany
Jane Hindenlang
Teddy Hogle
Ralph Jones
Jane Love
Lois Maxwell
Geralyn Plomitallo
Keith Rhoden Jr.
Patricia Wales

31 March -- Presbyterian Promise was greatly saddened to learn of the death today, Thursday, of Elder Meg Nosenzo, former board member, active participant in this presbytery and dedicated member of First Pres, Stamford. We miss her and grieve with her husband, Mike.

19 February -- The Presbyterian Promise board met today for the first time since the annual meeting. These people were elected officers for the coming year:

Co-moderators     Dick Hasbany
                            Jane Hindenlang
Secretary             Anne Fuhrmeister
Treasurer             Teddy Hogle
In addition to the election of officers and routine business, the board spent time brainstorming about the work for the coming year and how to be a positive force in the Southern New England Presbyterian community.

12 February -- The Presbytery of Southern New England today voted to approve proposed amendment 10-A. The vote was 89 for and 41 against with no abstentions. This 68% favorable vote is similar to but a small increase over recent votes on related issues.

Amendment 10-A would change the present paragraph G-6.0106b in our Book of Order to read:

Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (G-1.0000). The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.14.0240; G-14.0450) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.
If it is approved by a majority of the 173 presbyteries, it will maintain high standards for those to be ordained, lift up Jesus as the source for ordination standards, require rigorous examination of candidates for church office and return the denomination to its historic principles. It does not require any session or presbytery to ordain any particular individual, violate freedom of conscience, or commit the theological error of singling out sexuality as the only aspect of faithful life worth mentioning.

23 January 2011 -- The 10th Presbyterian Promise Annual Meeting was held at First Presbyterian Church in New Haven. We worshipped together, a new class of officers was elected to the board and we discussed "Discerning the way ...." as we see congregations and individuals considering leaving the PC USA. The full report is here>

15 January 2011 -- The 28th issue of Presbyterian Promise News goes online with articles about the trials ... of marriage and ordination, trust, scarves, our Annual Meeting and voting on 10-A. 

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