Theological Task Force -- July 2005
|Theological Task Force set to
consider portions of final report
Drafts of sections to be released at end of meeting
Press release from The Office of the General
Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
LOUISVILLE – July 11, 2005 – The
Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church will hold
its next meeting July 18-21, 2005, in Dallas, Texas. The group will have as
its main agenda the consideration of initial drafts of portions of its final
The final report will be adopted at the task
force’s August 24-25, 2005 meeting in Chicago.
Since December 2001, the Theological Task Force has been working to address
ongoing conflict within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Mandated by the
213th General Assembly (2001) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), its
20-person membership represents a wide range of Presbyterian diversity,
including racial, age, geographic, gender, and theological perspective.
The task force’s mandate includes, but is not limited to, issues that have
challenged the church in its recent past, including Christology, biblical
authority and interpretation, ordination standards, and power.
The release date for the task force’s final report is September 15, 2005,
which is nine months before the 217th General Assembly convenes in
Birmingham, Alabama, June 15-22. This early release date provides time for
synods, presbyteries, sessions, and other entities to consider its content
and recommendations. Already, many groups have been formed to consider the
task force’s preliminary report and supplemental material in response to its
call for presbyteries to form theological reflection groups.
Task force members plan to spend much of this coming fall and winter
traveling throughout the denomination to interpret the report.
At the conclusion of its Dallas meeting on July 21, drafts of the task
force’s report will be available on their Web site at
Additional background material and resources are also available at this
For more information, contact Sharon K. Youngs,
communications coordinator, Office of the General Assembly, 100 Witherspoon
Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396; phone (888) 728-7228, ext. 5750; email
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