PMA releases The Global Crisis for People Who Are LGBT and Their Families: A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Response
by Emily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE – In fulfillment of a commissioner resolution adopted by the 221st General Assembly (2014), the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) has just published a new resource titled The Global Crisis for People Who Are LGBT and Their Families: A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Response.
The resource was emailed to all presbyteries and synods earlier this month in accordance with the resolution’s directive that it be delivered to mid councils for study and action. It is now available as a free download on the PMA website.
The commissioner resolution which directed the PMA to produce the resource, reads, in part, “In eighty-one countries where homosexuality is illegal, God’s global family includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who face persecution for simply being who they are, for whom they love, and with whom they create a family.”
“This important resource calls the Presbyterian church to both awareness of the global crisis and to compassionate action,” said Mark Hinds, Ed.D., publisher for the PMA’s Congregational Ministries Publishing. “God’s consistent call to side with the oppressed compels us to fight against the systematic injustices perpetrated against persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. I pray that our mid council leaders will share this resource throughout their synods and presbyteries and that the Holy Spirit will move hearts to compassion and action.”
The Global Crisis for People Who Are LGBT and Their Families: A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Response was developed by the Theology, Formation, and Evangelism; Compassion, Peace, and Justice; and World Mission ministry areas of the PMA.
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