Presbyterian dissidents find church refuge

Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites them in
Dozens of church representatives of a movement of people unhappy inside the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have voted unanimously to pursue possible refuge within the conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church, which proposes to establish a temporary, nongeographic presbytery for dissident PCUSA congregations.

The show-of-hands vote February 9 at the New Wineskins Association of Churches meeting in Orlando, Florida, was reported by both the Layman Online Web site and the Presbyterian News Service.

In the proposed New Wineskins Presbytery, pastors and staff would be self-governing and eligible to take part immediately in the pension and medical plans of the 182-church, 75,000-member Evangelical Presbyterian Church, based in Livonia, Michigan.


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