2020 Renewal Day and AGM

More than 100 people joined us for our first online Renewal Day and AGM on Saturday, April 25th, 2020, using Zoom Webinar. The theme was "20/20 Vision: Vigilant and Vital." Speaker Rev. Jonathan Hong, of Toronto Korean Presbyterian Church, spoke about the current theological division in the denomination ... Read more

Renewal News – Spring 2020

In this issue: Renewal Day and AGM goes online; Dispelling Disorder, Embracing Truth – Ian Shaw, RF Board Chair; One Man's Holy Dissent – Rev. George Anderson; Orthodoxy in the PCC: Where It's At – A summary of the online discussions; Overtures from five congregations; Board profile: Jillian McWhinnie ... Read more

Meet Our Board

Pictures and profiles appear for the following Renewal Fellowship Board members: Jillian McWhinney, Don Bartlett, Rev. Pye Chew, Rev. Stan Cox, Diane Eaton, Bill Harrison, Rev. Germaine Lovelace, Don MacMillan, Rev. John Park, Leslie Ruo, and Rev. Ian Shaw … Read More

Remit Voting Results

From September 2019 through March 2020, each of the 45 presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church in Canada will be voting on the two Remits concerning same-sex marriage and ordination. If a majority of the 45 presbyteries approve, and that majority consists of at least half of the combined total of the constituent members on the rolls of presbyteries, then the remits will go to next year’s General Assembly, which is free to vote “Yes” or “No”. The dates, results, and numbers were supplied to us by members of the courts ... Read more

Overture from Eastern Han-Ca Presbytery

Whereas Korean congregations from 1967 onwards entered into a mutual covenant with The Presbyterian Church in Canada for the reason that our theological and doctrinal beliefs, expression of faith and worship, and governance were in consonance with those of The Presbyterian Church in Canada; and whereas these beliefs of The Presbyterian Church in Canada are found in our subordinate standards – the Westminster Confession of Faith adopted in 1875 and 1889 ... Read more

Overture re: Governance Model Protecting Congregations

Whereas the discussion of human sexuality issues has been before the Presbyterian Church in Canada for at least the past thirty years; it is time to bring it to a conclusion that protects congregations with a traditional understanding of the Bible; and whereas the Session and congregation of Grace, Orleans ON, has yet to see a definitive response to an Overture submitted five years ago regarding Gracious Dismissal, having experienced significant pain both in the congregation and the loss of its pastor of many years, and significant conflict over this issue ... Read more

Overture re: Relief Structures Within the PCC

Whereas The Presbyterian Church in Canada has debated human sexuality for several decades, and whereas the debate is a distraction and whereas the issues pertaining to human sexuality are symptomatic of deeper theological issues, and whereas the theological divide is evidenced in the report from the 2019 General Assembly’s “Special Committee Regarding Implications of Option B (Inclusion)” which read in part, “In truth we differ theologically on many things ... Read more

Overture re: Safe Place for Congregations

Whereas the beliefs of The Presbyterian Church in Canada are defined in our subordinate standards, and whereas every minister and elder in The Presbyterian Church in Canada affirmed our subordinate standards in their ordination vows; and whereas General Assemblies of our denomination, despite these ordination vows, have nevertheless for several years been discussing changes, referred to as human sexuality issues, that would contravene our subordinate standards ... Read more