The March meeting of Seattle Presbytery began with the welcome of two long laborers in the gospel, Pastor Jose Corado (of Inglesia Restauracion) and Pastor Pioux Canta (Christ Our Foundation). Both pastors and their fellowships have been ministering in the presbytery for some time, though their ordinations had not been officially recognized. Thus with great joy, Seattle Presbytery voted to recognize their ordinations and welcome them into the presbytery as ministers of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA). We are richer as a presbytery for their contribution and service with us.
Inquirer Rebecca Arrowsmith was examined on the floor of presbytery, and has been approved to proceed to candidacy.
The evening's worship was led by Rev. Sandy Hackett (preacher) and included our newest minister members, Rev. Jose Corado and Rev. Pioux Canta, who presided at the table for communion.
After Standing Rules were adopted, the attention of the floor was fixed upon a number of amendments to our Book of Order, including an amendment to change G-6.0106b (commonly known as the fidelity and chastity clause relating to standards for ordination). The vote was 103 Yes, 126 No, and 4 Abstain, resulting in the failing of the amendment. The national vote is currently 61 Yes and 38 No (99 presbyteries reporting with 74 presbyteries still to record votes).
The last part of the meeting was taken up with committee reports and ordination exams for Eliana Maxim and Linda Fowler. Upon ordination, the presbytery looks forward to Eliana's service as Associate Executive Presbyter for Multicultural Ministry. Linda will be serving as Hospice Chaplain at Providence Hospice in Seattle.
Our next meeting will be hosted by Lake Burien Presbyterian Church. And we offer a generous thank you to Steel Lake Presbyterian Church for hosting such a wonderful meeting.
Scott Lumsden, Executive Presbyter