Wednesday, May 14, 2008

PNC's Overture: Intergenerational Injustice

PNC sent one overture to General Assembly. The overture was assigned to the Social Justice Committee for consideration and one of our commissioners, Rev. Mark Cooper, co-pastor of ChristChurch, Bellaire, has been assigned to serve on the Social Justice Committee.

The overture originated with the session of First Presbyterian Church, Pearland and Rev. Casey Jones, the pastor of that church, will serve as advocate for the overture.

The overture reads as follows:

On the Church Addressing Intergenerational Injustice

The Presbytery of New Covenant overtures the 218th General Assembly (2008) to do the following:

1. Declare that federal government practices and policies that create ever-increasing debt and unfunded or underfunded obligations for future generations of Americans are a grave moral concern as well as a clear danger to the republic.

2. Call upon public leaders to have the courage to address this economic and moral crisis while there is still time.

3. Call upon individual Presbyterians, sessions, presbyteries, and agencies of General Assembly to study, pray, and speak words of justice and morality into the present situation and to defend future generations who have no defense. We do not at this time call upon General Assembly agencies to prepare study documents or study papers, and we do not propose that the church at this time have a monolithic policy recommendation. We do call upon the church and the nation to study the policies and practices that have created this grave moral and economic crisis, to repent of the sins of greed and of stealing from future generations who cannot defend themselves, and to call upon our citizens and national leaders to make the sacrifices necessary to begin to solve this problem before it is too late.

4. Call on the nation for a day of prayer on this issue.

The rationale for the overture can be read on the GA website: pc-biz.org.

No comments: