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COCU Study Guide Sent to Churches
04 May 1996 16:05:50
96116 COCU Study Guide Sent to Churches
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--A study guide on the two formative documents of the
Consultation on Church Union (COCU) has been published and sent to all
sessions and presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The study guide, "Essential Things," was written by the Rev. Joseph D.
Small, coordinator for theology and worship in the Congregational
Ministries Division in Louisville. Along with the study guide, sessions
and presbyteries received a copy of the proposed amendments to the
Constitution of the PC(USA) designed to enable the denomination's
participation in COCU.
The 1988 General Assembly approved "The COCU Consensus," a
foundational statement that grew out of the first 28 years of COCU's
existence. In 1993, the Assembly gave provisional approval to "Churches in
Covenant Communion," a proposal for increased cooperation among the nine
participating COCU denominations, but without any plan for structural
union. The Assembly asked the Presbyterian Special Committee on COCU to
bring back constitutional amendments needed to implement the covenanting
Those amendments were proposed to last year's General Assembly in
Cincinnati, but action on them was postponed in order to give the church
more opportunity to study them and the COCU documents that precipitated
them. Those amendments will be back before this year's Assembly in
Albuquerque. If the Assembly approves them, the amendments will be sent to
the presbyteries for their affirmative or negative votes.
The Rev. Theo Gill, assistant director of the Department of Governing
Body, Ecumenical and Agency Relations in the Office of the General
Assembly, has pointed out that the title of the booklet of proposed
amendments is misleading. It reads: "Proposed amendments...approved by the
207th General Assembly (1995) and recommended to the presbyteries for
Gill said development of the study guide was approved, not the
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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