Monday, June 04, 2007

Presbytery's largest church votes to separate
McCandless congregation seeks a more conservative path

Monday, June 04, 2007
By Ann Rodgers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Memorial Park Presbyterian Church in McCandless, the largest church in Pittsburgh Presbytery, voted 951-93 to ask to be dismissed from the Presbyterian Church (USA) to join the more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Negotiations may begin this week to allow the church to keep its property. The presbytery must approve any settlement.

At least 761 votes were needed to seek dismissal from the Presbyterian Church (USA). Memorial Park has more than 1,600 members, but the presbytery and the congregation agreed on a smaller number of active, available members from which to calculate the majority needed for the vote.
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