At the direction of 2019 General Assembly, the denomination’s Life and Mission Agency is collecting “concerns, views and pain” of those in disagreement with the proposed changes to doctrine regarding sexuality.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada holds two parallel definitions of marriage and recognizes that faithful, Holy Spirit filled, Christ centred, God honouring people can understand marriage as a covenant relationship between a man and a woman or as a covenant relationship between two adult persons. That congregations, sessions, ruling and teaching elders be granted liberty of conscience and action on marriage.
That congregations and presbyteries may call and ordain as ministers and elect and ordain as ruling elders LGBTQI persons (married or single) with the provision that liberty of conscience and action regarding participation in ordinations, inductions and installations be granted to ministers and ruling elders.
The remits are currently before presbyteries for approval. If a majority of presbyteries approves the remits, and those presbyteries represent more than half of the total number of presbyters, then the remits will return to GA 2020 for final consideration.
A report on the concerns will be presented to the 2020 General Assembly before the report on remits is received and its recommendations considered.
Deadline to submit your view is February 15, 2020. Anyone can make a submission.
To express your views on the 2019 remits re. sexuality, click here.