eLink News – EXTRA!

The Presbytery of Shenango met in a special meeting Tuesday evening, May 17, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church, Sharon to vote on the amendments from the 2010 General Assembly.  The presbytery listened to presentations about the New Form of Government (NFOG) and the Belhar Confession and then proceeded to vote on each amendment.  The NFOG was not approved by the presbytery nor was the Belhar Confession.

After those votes the presbyters voted on Amendment 10A which would remove the requirements of G6.0106b from the Book of Order.  After comments on the amendment the vote was taken by a voice vote and was overwhelmingly against the amendment.  This negative vote affirms the decisions handed down by presbyteries in three prior votes against similar amendments.  Although Shenango Presbytery cast its vote to stand firmly against such a change, the necessary number of presbyteries did vote to approve the amendment, therefore it will change in the Book of Order.

The rest of the amendments 10B-10N were approved with the only one voted against being amendment 10-O.  All of the amendments B thru O were already approved by the requisite number of presbyteries and therefore will take effect on July 10, 2011.

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