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made explicit in G-6.0106b since these actions are not in accord with the recommendation of the Historic Principles, Conscience and Church Government of 1983 1 which states:

The Historic Principles of Presbyterianism have sought to establish balance between the private judgment of the individual and the freedom of the church to order its affairs. While the majority cannot force its will on an unwilling minority, neither can the minority thwart the intention of the majority on the grounds that the conscience of the minority is violated. Freedom of conscience does not require that the conscientious opinion of every member of the church will prevail. Where there are differences of opinion, our church recognizes that the ways of resolving conflict between the freedom of individual conscience and the requirements of our polity are compromise, acquiescence by one group or another, or withdrawal without causing schism. Therefore freedom of conscience is not abridged by the requirements of our Constitution.

And further, that the General Assembly direct the Stated Clerk to send its statement to our congregations and presbyteries, urging them to act in accord with the Historic Principles and, for the sake of the peace, unity and purity of the PC(USA), avoid further efforts to reconsider the ordination standard set forth in G-6.0106b.

Presbytery given opportunity for debate and discussion with voice both pro and con heard.

Motion to amend – “…direct the Stated Clerk to send communicate its statement to our congregations and presbyteries…” Second received. Passes on voice vote.

Action on the main motion as amended. Motion fails on hand vote (32/44/3).

“FAST AND FORBEARANCE” OVERTURE – The Rev. Julia Wharff and The Rev. Peter Larson The sessions of Westwood Presbyterian Church, Hamilton Ohio, Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, Dayton, Ohio, and First Presbyterian Church, Fairborn Ohio respectfully move that the Presbytery of the Miami Valley send the “Fast and Forbearance” overture to the 219th General Assembly (2010).

Presbytery given opportunity for debate and discussion with voice both pro and con heard.

Passes on voice vote. Overture to be communicated to the Office of the General Assembly within 24 hours of the meeting. (Appendix J)

Motion/second, to authorize the Council to appoint overture advocates to represent the Presbytery’s action at the 219 General Assembly. Passes on voice vote.


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    Presbytery was reminded of denominational requirements found in the Form of Government and those

requirements set by Presbytery action.

“Historic Principles, Conscience and Church Government, Adopted by the 195th General Assembly (1983), Presbyterian Church (USA), p. 17. 1


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