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Assembly OKs report on Native Americans

Date 20 Jun 2002 14:31:52 -0400

Note #7295 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:


Assembly OKs report on Native Americans 

by Evan Silverstein

COLUMBUS, OH - The 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on June 19 approved committee recommendations on Native American Presbyterians. 

The Assembly approved a report from its Committee on Evangelism and Witness that contains recommendations calling for the expansion and revitalization of Native American ministries at the presbytery and synod levels.

The recommendations came in response to a referral from the 2000 Assembly, which was acting on a report from a task force appointed to study Native-American Ministries.

The committee's recommendations include:

* Encouraging every presbytery and synod that includes Native American congregations to evaluate them, in consultation with such congregations and their communities, the Native-American Consulting Committee and appropriate GA entities, to meet their leadership and financial goals and the objectives enumerated in applicable PC(USA) policies;

* Encouraging the Presbyterian Board of Pensions to address the urgent pension and other benefit needs of Native American pastors and commissioned lay pastors;

* Instructing the General Assembly Council (GAC), in partnership with presbyteries and synods, to make available adequate funding for a church-wide consultation on Native American Ministries no later than 2004;

* Reviewing and evaluating church policy on Native American ministries and developments in such ministries, and foster better dialogue between Native American Presbyterians and middle governing bodies, with a report to go to the General Assembly in 2005;

* Presenting an implementation of the recommended strategies to the Assembly in 2007 in coordination with the Native-American Consulting Committee and appropriate GA entities; and,

* Granting an extension for the completion of the Comprehensive Statistics Report, being compiled by PC(USA) Research Services in partnership with the Native American Congregational Enhancement Office, until 2004.
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