Presbyterians Calling for a Special Session of the 216th General Assembly

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Whereas, on July 1, 2004 Commissioners at the 216th General Assembly voted (431-62) to direct the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee (MRTI) initiate a process of phased selective divestment in multinational corporations operating in Israel, in accordance to General Assembly policy on social investing, and to make appropriate recommendations to the General Assembly Council for action;

And, whereas many in the worldwide Judeo-Christian community of faith have been deeply offended and have denounced this action. (The denouncements can be read at http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?presby2 or www.presbyweb.com or www.pcusaelders.org or http://home.comcast.net/~jat.action/#PCUSA );

And, whereas the General Assembly will not have a regular meeting until the summer of 2006;

And, whereas the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order provides for Special Sessions through concurrence by 25\% of the Commissioners.

Now therefore, we, the undersigned members, elders, and ministers of Presbyterian Church (USA), respectfully request the 216th General Assembly Commissioners re-examine the Biblical implications of their divestment actions and re-consider them in a fair and balanced forum by immediately calling a Special Session. We make this request knowing the General Assembly Council, which is charged with carrying out the will of the General Assembly, must proceed with selective divestment.

Furthermore, we call for the Commissioners to a Special Session of the 216th General Assembly to limit the purpose to the following order of business:
1. The Commissioners to the 216th Special Session shall suspend the rules for secret balloting and require all votes be recorded in an effort to restore confidence in the representative structure of the governance of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
2. The Commissioners to the 216th Special Session shall vote on a motion to rescind in its entirety the resolution to divest in multinational corporations operating in Israel.
3. The Commissioners shall call upon the Judeo-Christian community of faith and the Islamic community of faith to seek a peaceful resolution of issues that have led to violent conflict in the Middle East region and beyond.

2257 Signatures

  • James E
    • City, State
    • Charlotte, N.C.
    • Church Name
    • Carmel Presbyterian
  • Betsy L
    • City, State
    • Birmingham, AL
    • Church Name
    • Eastminster Presbyterian
  • Pete & Kathy R
    • City, State
    • Traverse City, MI
    • Church Name
    • The Presbyterian Church
    • Comments
    • At this moment I'm embarrassed to say that I have been a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church
  • Jeanette S
    • City, State
    • Irvine
    • Church Name
    • non afiliated
  • Leroy & Nora V
    • City, State
    • Monroe, LA
    • Church Name
    • Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • ALONZO (LONNIE) T
    • City, State
    • TAMPA
    • Church Name
    • BAYSHORE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • Karen L B
    • City, State
    • Cabot, PA
    • Church Name
    • Jefferson Center Presbyterian Church
  • Eric L
    • City, State
    • Northridge, California
    • Church Name
    • Temple Ahavat Shalom
  • Rabbi Haim A
    • City, State
    • Fullerton Ca
    • Church Name
    • Temple Beth Tikvah
  • William L. and Bonnie S. G
    • City, State
    • Ft. Myers, FL
    • Church Name
    • Covenant Presbyterian
  • Arthur J. M
    • City, State
    • Santa Barbara, California
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Comments
    • Stand firm against Evil
  • R. Earle Lucas J
    • City, State
    • Palmetto, Fl 34221
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian Church-Bradenton, Fl
  • Jennifer K
    • City, State
    • Goshen, IN
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian Church
    • Comments
    • What a dishonor to our denomination! Do you understand the consequences of such a move? It's interesting that the Presbyterian USA denomination continues to lose its members daily and you think that by divesting from the state of Israel is going to help? Christ must be looking upon us in disgust and remorse!
  • Susan R. K
    • City, State
    • St. Petersburg, FL
    • Church Name
    • Northeast Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Steven L. S
    • City, State
    • Wellsburg, WV
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian Church
  • Anne S
    • City, State
    • Alexandria, VA
    • Church Name
    • Westminster Presbyterian Churcn
  • David K
    • City, State
    • Evanston, IL
    • Church Name
    • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
  • Larry T
    • City, State
    • Carthage, TX
    • Church Name
    • St. Paul Presbyterian
  • Larry M
    • City, State
    • Brier, Washington
    • Church Name
    • Maplewood Presbyterian
    • Comments
    • member and elder
  • Noreen Lowris, E
    • City, State
    • Marshalls Creek, PA
    • Church Name
    • Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church
  • -
    • City, State
    • -
    • Church Name
    • -
  • Rev. Rob B
    • City, State
    • Opelika, AL
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian Church
  • Alan G
    • City, State
    • Bradenton, Florida
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian Bradenton
  • Rev. John B. E
    • City, State
    • Elderton, PA
    • Church Name
    • Elderton Presbyterian Church
    • Comments
    • I believe the divestment decision was very unwise and has damaged our denomination's image. I hope and pray it will be reversed.
  • Eleanor M
    • City, State
    • Rockville, MD
    • Church Name
    • Fourth Presbyterian
  • George T
    • City, State
    • Ventura, Ca
    • Church Name
    • Eastminster Presbyterian
    • Comments
    • member
  • Michael H
    • City, State
    • Augusta, GA
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian
    • Comments
    • This divestment was unwise and should be reversed.
  • Susan B
    • City, State
    • Concord, CA
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian
  • Elizabeth K
    • City, State
    • LA, CA
    • Church Name
    • University Presbyterian at UCLA
  • Patricia G
    • City, State
    • Bradenton, Florida
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian
    • Comments
    • A special session is IMPERATIVE
  • Charles N. C
    • City, State
    • Buford, GA
    • Church Name
    • Buford Presbyterian
    • Comments
    • PC-USA
  • Margaret R
    • City, State
    • Atlanta, Ga
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian
  • Amy T
    • City, State
    • Chapel Hill, NC
    • Church Name
    • University Presbyterian
  • Nancy P
    • City, State
    • Larchmont, N.Y.
    • Church Name
    • Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church
  • Helen C
    • City, State
    • Alexandria, VA
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian
  • Kenneth A
    • City, State
    • Chicago
    • Church Name
    • Fourth Presbyterian
    • Comments
    • This divestment was ill-judged.
  • Dennis T
    • City, State
    • Loves Park . Ill
    • Church Name
    • Bethany Presbyterian
  • Roger N. M
    • City, State
    • Alexandria, VA
    • Church Name
    • Alexandria Presbyterian
  • David A
    • City, State
    • Rockville, MD
    • Church Name
    • Fourth Presbyterian
    • Comments
    • The churchmen in Louisville make very poor diplomats, we should stick to assiting the unfortunate of the world, and not intervene in complex diplomatic disputes.
  • Allison R
    • City, State
    • Asheville, N.C.
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian
  • Howard J
    • City, State
    • Birmingham, AL
    • Church Name
    • South Highland Presbyterian
  • Janet S. D
    • City, State
    • Scottsdale, AZ
    • Church Name
    • Valley Presbyterian
  • Larry C
    • City, State
    • New York, N Y
    • Church Name
    • Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
  • Dan J
    • City, State
    • Chicago, Ill
    • Church Name
    • Fourth Presbyterian
  • David B. A
    • City, State
    • Arlington, VA
    • Church Name
    • John Calvin Presbyterian Church
    • Comments
    • This stab in the back of Israel is the worst thing I can recall the Presbyterian Church doing.
  • Peter M
    • City, State
    • Knoxville, TN
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian
    • Comments
    • We should reverse the divestment idea. Not only was it a bad idea, it is embarrassing the Church and distracting us from other business.
  • Clemen V
    • City, State
    • West Monroe. La.
    • Church Name
    • Covenant Presbyterian
  • Margaret C
    • City, State
    • Brawley, CA
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian of Brawley
  • Kenneth B
    • City, State
    • Concord, CA
    • Church Name
    • First Presbyterian
    • Comments
    • We must rethink our way of shaping policy if it can lead to a travesty of justice like divesting from Israel.
  • Cathy M
    • City, State
    • Irvine, CA
    • Church Name
    • Irvine Presbyterian