Indiana court rejects PCUSA property claim

“The evidence shows that the deed and documents of ownership specifically provide that the real and personal property at issue in this case are held solely by the Olivet congregation rather than in trust for the PCUSA” Citing conflicting interpretations of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order, and affirming that the First Amendment of... Continue Reading

Changing denominations allows congregation to ‘reach past ourselves’

In the past two years, more than 40 congregations have left the Presbyterian Church (USA) and affiliated with the EPC for reasons similar to those cited by Covenant Members of Covenant Church in West Lafayette, Indiana say a denominational change hasn’t altered their Christian identity and purpose. “Covenant hasn’t changed as a church,” said the... Continue Reading

Greenwood Newspaper reveals details of ARP Called Synod meeting

“Almost $1 million in restricted donations funds being used for renovations to Memorial Hall; a software error caused the $600,000 over allotment of financial aid for the class of 2013.” Events that will define the future of Erskine College and Seminary took place over only a few hours March 2 and 3 at a special... Continue Reading

Reformed Theologians Draft Manifesto Ahead of Merger

Over the last year, regional consultations have been held in preparation for the Uniting General Council, which will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan June 18-28, 2010 A panel of pastors and theologians recently approved text that will serve as a manifesto for the new World Communion of Reformed Churches. The international group concluded on... Continue Reading

Evangelical Presbyterian Church Interim Committee on Women Teaching Elders report completed

“A congregation that has or would like to call a woman teaching elder located in a presbytery that has voted against women teaching elders may transfer from its current presbytery to an adjoining one that does receive women teaching elders.” On Wednesday, March 3, the Interim Committee on Women Teaching Elders produced a report which,... Continue Reading

Report of the Interim Committee on Women Teaching Elders – FULL REPORT

Report of the Interim Committee on Women Teaching Elders Introduction A guiding principle of the EPC from its beginning has been our declared intent to allow liberty on the women’s ordination question. It is in that spirit that the interim committee has approached our responsibility. The committee members hold a diversity of views that reflect... Continue Reading

PCA Standing Judicial Commission reverses Presbytery Decision, Finds Minister’s Views unacceptable

“The views of TE Leithart touching fundamentals of the system of doctrine….set out in the Record suggest a strong presumption of guilt that these views represent offenses that could properly be the subject of judicial process” In a case that began with the adoption of the PCA General Assembly’s Ad Interim Committee on New Perspectives... Continue Reading

Erskine Alumni Association joins lawsuit against ARP Synod

The Executive Committee of the current Board of Trustees voted 4-3 on Thursday not to support the suit The Erskine College Alumni Association will join the school’s original board of trustees in a lawsuit against the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Alumni Association President David Chestnut said Friday. A vote was taken... Continue Reading

UPDATED: Erskine Lawsuit NOT YET withdrawn

A phonecall by a South Carolina attorney, not involved in the case, to the offices of the law firm which originated the lawsuit Erskine College vs. ARP Synod confirmed at mid day that the complaint had NOT been withdrawn as of that time. Rumors from several sources continue to maintain that discussions are being held... Continue Reading

Erskine College, Plaintiff, vs. General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian General Synod, Inc., Defendant

Although The Aquila Report has not (as of 7:00AM Friday) received responses from the principal parties in this case, we believe it is important to report on the contents of the Complaint in the legal case. As previously reported, an 8 page complaint (with many pages of Exhibits) by Erskine College – identified only as... Continue Reading