PPL at PCUSA GA - Monday Report PDF Print E-mail

boothPresbyterians Pro-Life has 18 volunteers on the ground in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the PCUSA.

Here is a report of our work and Assembly actions of the first few days that impact human life.

Click here to view a short news report by Executive Director, Marie Bowen.

Trouble with the video? Text version below.

PPL GA Team of volunteers began arriving at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA Detroit on last Thursday. By Friday morning our Exhibit booth in Cobo Center was a visual witness to the value of human life and providing educational materials and ministry equipping churches to commissioners and guests of the Assembly. On Friday night PPL welcomed commissioners to the assembly with a reception. Saturday and Sunday we handed the first two issues of PPL’s GA newsletter The Daily Delivery at the entrances to COBO Center.

The Assembly opened on Saturday afternoon with a Christ centered service of worship and communion. On Saturday evening , Heath Rada was elected as the new Moderator of the PCUSA. He will serve with Vice Moderator Larissa Kwong Abazia for the next two years until the 222nd GA in Portland Oregon.

Today the real work of the assembly began as 15 committees began to deliberate the business and make recommendations for action on those items when the plenary re-convenes on Wednesday afternoon.

Todays actions in committee are not final actions of the General Assembly on business but committees make a recommendation for action that will come to the full body later in the week. Approved today were overtures on nutrition in the first 1,000 days prenatal until 2 years of age, a food sovereignty overture, and an amended version of an overture addressing gun violence.

The Board of Pensions will recommend that the General Assembly approve the posting of the list of Relief of Conscience Churches on their website. The Relief of Conscience program allows pro-life churches to request that the dues they pay for the required medical benefits plan be separated from the stream of money that pays for abortion claims. After abortion claims are paid the two streams merge to pay all other health claims. A percentage of dues—equal to abortion claims paid in each year is placed in a fund which pays medical claims related to adoption. Several individuals gave testimony in open hearing that their churches had believed for years that their dues were being separated and they were a Relief of Conscience church only to discover that the paperwork had not reached the Board of Pensions and they had been paying for abortions all along. Posting the list of churches publicly provides transparency and allows members, sessions, and churches to readily be assured of their status as a ROC church.

Commissioners still have much business ahead of them to finish tomorrow by end of day and PPL will continue to support and assist those working to defend vulnerable human life. '

Look for the Tuesday report tomorrow morning on our website.



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