By W. Jacob Perry, The Bernardsville News (New Jersey)
With the Presbyterian Church (USA) taking an advocacy role in a growing number of socially and politically divisive issues, the Presbyterian Church of Liberty Corner has decided that enough is enough.
The Session, or board of elected elders of Liberty Corner Presbyterian, voted unanimously on Monday, Sept. 15, to take the first step to possibly disaffiliate from Presbyterian Church (USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian body.
It will next discuss the matter with the Presbytery of Elizabeth, which is the governing body for local Presbyterian churches.
The move, which was brought to this newspaper’s attention by a congregation member, was confirmed by the Rev. Don Feuerbach, pastor of the church.
“An action such as this is only the beginning of a long deliberative process” in which local congregation leaders will meet with the local Presbytery “to come to amicable resolution,” Feuerbach said in an email response.
“Ultimately,” he added, “any decision to leave the PCUSA would be determined by a vote of the congregation.
“A decision of this magnitude takes a great deal of time, prayer and careful consideration.”