By Marlee Middlebrooks, The Red & Black.
Due to the evolving theological direction of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the majority of the congregation at the Central Presbyterian Church on Alps Road in Athens feels it is time to disaffiliate from PCUSA. It cannot secede, however, without permission from the denomination.
This process has caused frustration among congregation members of Central Presbyterian Church, including members of the University of Georgia community.
Jeffrey Dorfman, a member of CPC and UGA professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, said members feel upset about several issues — chief among them the way PCUSA has responded to his church’s desire to disaffiliate.
“PCUSA treated us so terribly that now people want to leave just because they are mad,” Dorfman said.
Evan Alley, a CPC intern and a junior UGA art major from Johns Creek, said discontentment was felt throughout the congregation.
“From my perspective as a youth intern and from the kids’ perspective, it really hurt them, and they were just confused as to what was going on,” Alley said. “I could tell that they felt the same frustrations that their parents probably did.”