Update from General Assembly: Sexuality Overtures, Clerks of Assembly and Assembly Council

Sexuality Overtures

Assembly assigned a special committee of former moderators from the past 12 years to review the issue and propose a way ahead that allows for the mission and ministry of the PCC continue, taking into consideration the overtures, additional motions (excluding the work of the Rainbow Communion Listening Committee). They are expected to report back at next year’s Assembly.

Clerks of Assembly

Recommendations about leaving the denomination were referred to Assembly Council. Changes on the legislation to appoint equalizing ministers in Presbyteries is being sent to presbyteries under the Barrier Act for approval or disapproval. Proposed amendments to Book of Forms regarding term service for elders were referred to sessions and presbyteries for study and report.

Assembly Council

Gratitude was expressed for the generous support from congregations, individuals and groups across the church to Presbyterians Sharing. The 2019 budget is $8,746,000 and was passed.

It was decided that student summer-placement stipends must meet or exceed minimum wage in the province the placement takes place. Housing costs may be shared, up to $100 per week with the student. These rates will be reviewed at least every five years.

One day was added to Assembly starting next year, taking place June 2–6, 2019, again at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.

2018-06-08T09:55:33+00:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: General Assembly, News|Tags: |2 Comments


  1. Donald Allister Mac Leod June 7, 2018 at 10:51 am

    As an old white man who was so proud of what my ancestors first knew in serving God on Cape Breton Island, I was so proud that they brought peace to Canada, which was also a land of violent confrontations as was North America before Christ healed the wars of men in Scotland & North America. Seeing myself surrounded by people of such diversified backgrounds in race & ethnicity made me very proud of the Burning Bush of Presbyterianism. I am so moved those humble Scots before that Burning Bush knew the question of Moses. They knew what it was to ask “Who am I, Lord?” as both a people and as individuals and how it has been a mission to the Word & It’s Flesh in Jesus Christ. Knowing the first Canadian Presbyterians literally had outdoor services on a rounded basin behind my house in Gaelic, accompanied by bagpipes & read with conviction for a new passion to live in Christ still lives in my family through me. I am the reason for my ancestors’ existence and the gift they left me is Jesus Christ in a sea of Presbyterians from all races & ethnicity. They settled here on Cape Breton in 1800. What an awesome testament to the Glory of Jesus Christ that I could embrace an Egyptian and a man of the Jewish as a blue eyed Canadian Scot in the celebration of God’s love for all of us in that Assembly. This Church of the Living God must remain a testament to the Glory of God in having so many from all the races & ethnicity of man speak on His behalf. It is also a must for any group that wishes to build God in our society that it is better to serve it as Germane Lovelace suggested in His powerful message that if you carry Christ into the World your reward will be as He offered in His Message. Although I am not a trained Theologian & regret that in my advanced years my love for Christ is in the Traditional sense & it should be known that to understand God in Jesus is in the knowledge that He was the Word, answered Satan with the Word & began His ministry with repent. I am such a sinner that wants to be a Saint knowing that I must do as he offered in Salvation after Repentance. We all need to preach that in love.

    • Diane Eaton June 28, 2018 at 7:38 am

      Don, In reading your personal perceptions as an “old white male”, I sense my need to grow in gratitude to God for those who long ago contributed to blessings dispersed around the world. Don, I admit, I find it easier to remember and underscore people’s flaws. I realize it’s a human nature: When we see what’s wrong with someone else, we can feel better about ourselves, and we don’t have to think about our deficiencies. And so, today in reading your post, I am silenced and humbled.

      O Lord, You are the one who specializes in “cracked vessels”. Protect me from my own instincts to either demonize or deify human beings – that you alone may receive the glory for working good through sinners. . Help me grow in gratitude.. Help me view others with a forgiving spirit – as you view me. Amen

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