The 2021 General Assembly appointed a Special Committee to prepare a Confession to LGBTQI people for harms done within the church. The committee has been meeting regularly and are pleased to share the following interim report on their work.
A round up of the latest PCC news is now available to read in the November issue of the PCConnect e-newsletter. Check out the latest issue for guidance on Session decisions regarding definitions of marriage, new Advent and faith formation resources, along with information about the Presbyterians Read book study for Advent 2021 and upcoming webinars from the PCC.
Advent liturgies for 2021 are now available from Presbyterian World Service & Development. Celebrate the birth of Christ with liturgies that each feature an inspiring story of how hope, peace, joy and love prevail, even in the face of poverty, injustice and disaster.
In 2021, the General Assembly adopted two parallel definitions of marriage. Since it is the Session that is responsible for all policy and procedure matters, subject to presbytery oversight, it is the Session that decides whether the church will host same-sex weddings.
Travelling Mary and Joseph: An Advent Activity for the Whole Congregation is a resource created by the Rev. Charmila Ireland to provide the steps to celebrate “Los Posadas” in congregations and with families this year.
As concerns over the transmission of COVID-19 continue, it is essential that ministers and other staff who wish to fulfill pastoral responsibilities in hospitals, long-term care homes and even the homes of parishioners, do all they can to ensure their ministry is carried out as safely as possible.
Learning Your Way into Missional Ministry: A “Design Thinking” Guide Now Available for Congregations
Learning Your Way Into Missional Ministry is a guide created by the Rev. Peter Coutts to help congregations seeking new ways to live out their missional calling explore the process of “Design Thinking”—a process that helps learners think outside the box with the help of others.
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Scott, Moderator of the 2021 General Assembly, has shared a Thanksgiving reflection recalling the recent experiences that reminded him of the importance of giving thanks.
Ministry leaders are invited to participate in a free online course on Saturday, November 6 and 13, at 1 – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern) to learn how to recognize barriers to LGBTQI2+ people in local ministry contexts and how to take further steps towards welcome and inclusion.
Vivian Ketchum, originating from Wauzhushk Onigum Nation of Northern Ontario, and a member of Place of Hope Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg, Man., talks about why she wears an orange shirt, and why it is important for members of the church to mark September 30.