Citing eight separate irregularities, church sessions are preparing to file a complaint against the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Advisory Committee on the Constitution. The allegations stem from advice that representatives of the ACC gave on the floor of the 221st General Assembly during the plenary debate of the whether or not the GA would issue an Authoritative Interpretation of the Constitution (AI).
The gist of the complaint is that the ACC “acted to instruct the plenary of the 221st General Assembly (2014) that the Assembly had the authority to make an authoritative interpretation that effectively changed the plain and ordinary meaning the Directory of Worship and took other irregular actions. The outcome of the advice given was that the Assembly approved an authoritative interpretation that was and is in conflict with the provision of the Constitution being interpreted.”
In its written advice the ACC clearly counseled against the issuance of an AI redefining marriage. However, the advice given on the floor departed from the written advice the ACC issued on the matter. You can watch the Plenary debate in which this exchange took place here: http://vimeo.com/99068158 beginning at 1:12:58 time marker. The hotlinks in the complaint jump to the relevant places in the video but watching the video in its entirety provides the context and flow of the debate that took place on the plenary floor.
The window of time for filing a complaint is narrow and if a session wanted to join this particular complaint they would need to act fast. For more information contact Ed Koster at email@example.com.