Presbytery of Montreal Overtures

Ten overtures transmitted by the Presbytery of Montreal:

  1. Overture from the Presbytery of Montreal requesting consideration of the report of the Gracious Dismissal Committee before proceeding to discussions about Remits “B” and “C” from the 145th General Assembly (2019).
  2. Overture from the Presbytery of Montreal requesting the charting of a clear and non-punitive way forward for congregations who feel that they must withdraw from the denomination for theological reasons.
  3. Overture from the Presbytery of Montreal requesting the restructuring of the PCC into non-geographic synods along theological lines.
  4. Overture from the Presbytery of Montreal requesting the national church to pay any court costs and fines incurred in refusing to conduct a same-sex marriage or to participate in a LGBTQI ordination.
  5. Overture from the Presbytery of Montreal requesting amendment of Paragraph 48 of the Book of Forms regarding moving to an immediate vote, by replacing the words “if carried in the affirmative” with “if carried by a two-thirds majority vote”.
  6. Overture from the Arabic Presbyterian Church of Montreal requesting the formation of two synods, each national in scope, with autonomy in doctrinal issues, discipline, etc., and the formation of presbyteries along generous regional and theological lines, confining General Assembly responsibilities to matters common to both synods.
  7. Overture from the Montreal Chinese Presbyterian Church requesting consideration of the report of the Gracious Dismissal Committee before proceeding to discussions about Remits “B” and “C” from the 145th General Assembly (2019).
  8. Overture from the Montreal Chinese Presbyterian Church requesting the restructuring of the PCC into non-geographic synods and presbyteries, so that congregations are given full liberty of conscience and action in matters regarding human sexuality while maintaining vital central administrative functions.
  9. Overture from Kensington Presbyterian Church urging endorsement of Remit B (2019) and Remit C (2019), adopting them as amendments to church law, and working together on what we share, our common belief in, worship of, and service to our God in Christ.
  10. Overture from the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul requesting the establishment of an up-to-date national registry of ministers and congregations regarding their willingness or unwillingness to celebrate same-sex marriages, and the formation of guidelines by which a minister unwilling to celebrate same-sex marriages would refer a couple to a minister who would.