Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Presbyterian Church

June
27th

ISRAEL: Divesting is a nonviolent way to protest

Re: “Presbyterians’ effort against Israel is misguided” (TNT, 6-26).

Every time “good Christian” people, congressional delegations and impartial fact finders go to Palestine/Israel to gain an understanding, they fly El-Al; they stay at the King David (or another Israeli-owned) Hotel; and they are fed information, views and impressions from the pro-Zionist, anti-Palestinian perspective.

I know: On my first trip, that is exactly what happened.

They are discouraged from visiting with, purchasing from or even looking at the Palestinians, as to do so would “support terrorism.” Thus their impression of Israeli Jews is of a God-fearing, humanitarian people being attacked

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June
27th

ISRAEL: Presbyterians’ action was justified

Re: “Presbyterians’ effort against Israel is misguided” (TNT, 6-26).

I attended the Presbyterian General Assembly in Detroit as a Jew supporting the resolution to divest from three American multinationals that profit from Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian land. I was invited there by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

I find Martin Schram’s op-ed lacking in substance on the intent of the vote. Since the 1970s, the church has had a socially responsible investment policy so it isn’t profiting from business practices and products that conflict with its values: no investments in tobacco, weapons, etc.

The church divested from South Africa,

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June
27th

ISRAEL: Divestiture vote doesn’t promote peace

Kudos to Martin Schram for his op-ed, “Presbyterians’ effort against Israel is misguided” (TNT, 6-26).

The recent vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest in three American companies doing business with Israel is hypocritical as these companies also do business with Palestinians in the West Bank. Unfortunately, it may also influence other church denominations to follow its lead.

This decision was influenced by the distortions of groups aligned with the global BDS (boycott/divestment/sanctions) movement that regularly demonizes Israel and gives the Palestinian Authority and Hamas a pass. This same movement is now calling the Presbyterian vote a victory.

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April
30th

RELIGION: Presbyterian Church in danger of extinction

While the Friday front-page article, headlined “Presbytery dismisses 4 churches in gay spat,” was quite informative and accurate, I take exception to the misleading, trivializing and inaccurate headline.

The problem within the Presbyterian Church (USA) centers on the fact that the General Assembly (the governing body) has governed against the will of a vast majority of the Worshiping Body for over 30 years. They are now “winning by attrition.”

In the very near future, issues of redefining marriage and questioning the Christology of Jesus Christ will also come up for a vote. Unless the PC (USA) can be reformed,

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April
30th

RELIGION: Emotion was very much present

Re: “Presbytery dismisses 4 churches in gay spat” (TNT, 4-27).

Please do not be misled by Steve Maynard’s mention of “little emotion or discussion” at the April 25 meeting in which the Presbytery of Olympia voted to dismiss four South Sound churches.

The Presbytery, long anticipating this action, spent many months crafting a process for dismissal that was approved unanimously by all our congregations. We decided early on that we wanted to engage in negotiations that reflect grace and love toward our brothers and sisters in Christ.

With that document as our guide, the congregations requesting dismissal spent many

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April
27th

RELIGION: Issue was no petty ‘spat’

I strongly object to the headline “Presbytery dismisses 4 churches in gay spat” that appeared on the front page of The News Tribune (4-27).

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “spat” as “a petty quarrel, or dispute.” The decisions by the four churches that decided to leave the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Presbytery of Olympia that released them, were thoughtfully and prayerfully made, as well as a long time in coming.

As was indicated in the article, but not in the headline, the issue is more than having to do with the participation of gays. The decision to remain

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Feb.
28th

RELIGION: Not all Presbyterians are unhappy

Re: “Dividing point” (TNT, 2-26).

When referring to Presbyterians, the article about the division in Christian denominations around the ordination of gay and lesbian persons focused exclusively on Tacoma-area Presbyterian churches that oppose the more inclusive ordination standards and are leaving the denomination.

Several Presbyterian churches in Tacoma, including the one I serve, applaud the change which allows the ordination of GLBTQ folks called by God to ministry. Indeed, Immanuel Presbyterian Church has experienced significant numerical growth over the past two years, in part due to our inclusive and welcoming attitude.

Nov.
30th

RELIGION: Cross a bridge and find acceptance

To all those disenfranchised by the recent changes at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor (TNT, 11-14), there’s a bridge you can cross.

As a local resident, I would like to report that we are not all of the same cloth. I and many others who have attended churches that would be characterized as exclusionary or that preach one ideology and display another have found spiritual communities that truly practice acceptance, tolerance and love.

I have found such a home. Located a short distance across the Narrows Bridge and in the Stadium District is CSL (Center for

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