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Karl Landstrom, Col. AUS-Ret

My life-long participation in Presbyterian churches began when I was an infant on the Cradle Roll of the First Presbyterian Church, Lebanon, Oregon and has continued unbroken since,including membership from the 1920s.

Barry Ensign-George

Thanks for your comment, Karl! And for your life-long membership in this part of Christ's church.

Charles Wiley

As anything but a cradle Presbyterian, I have a number of responses. On the high blown side, I say "The doctrine of God." But there were also practical considerations. When I made the final move toward a historic tradition, it needed to be one located where I was, Durham, NC. PCUSA was there--some other Reformed bodies were not. I had also migrated a bit culturally since my holiness days. Presbyterians seemed more like a home.

Barry Ensign-George

That's interesting. "Practical considerations" cconnects for me with the idea that there is no generic church. There are particular, creaturely congregations, and that makes a difference as we respond to God's invitation to live as one of the followers of Jesus Christ.

David Gambrell

My first response is this: providence. I'm afraid that will sound glib; it's not intended to be. I certainly don't mean to say, "There but for the grace of God go I, a Lutheran."

What I mean is this: the PC(USA) is where faith found me. This is where God called me, where Christ met me. This is where God continues to call me to serve in Christ's name. So here I stand!

Having said that, I think part of that calling, in Christ's name, is to seek the unity and reconciliation of the visible church. As a liturgical theologian, I'm particularly grateful for previous generations of Presbyterians who were at the forefront of the ecumenical liturgical movement, exploring the liturgical and sacramental implications of "one Lord, one faith, one baptism."

Thanks for this provocative question. I look forward to further reflection and discussion of this matter.

Mike Poteet

I'm honestly still a PC(USA) Presbyterian largely because it is the church of my birth and I can't let go of that easily. I am, however, also appreciative of our form of government; and while that is shared by other Presbyterian bodies, I am also so appreciative of our Book of Confessions. The dialogue between those specific documents, and the way the themes of Reformed theology emerge from the interplay between them, remains, for me, one of our denomination's strongest suits (and I wish more PCUSA Presbyterians knew what was within the Book's covers!).

Liturgically, I have come to believe I'm an Anglican at heart! But, because of our polity and our confessional heritage, I am and will remain PC(USA).

Barry Ensign-George

David, thanks for your comments. It's interesting to consider how worshipping together can open us to one another.

Barry Ensign-George

Interesting, Mike, the combination of life circumstances and conviction in your reply. Looking at life circumstances can reinforce an awareness that we might have found another denomination in and through which faithfully to follow Jesus Christ. Because they do exist. And yet this is where we've come to at this time. Convictions to remind us that something more than happenstance is at work: our minds have made their own contribution to our being committed to this particular denomination.

Pam Reich

I am a Presbyterian USA because of the faithful people who took time to model their faith over the years to me and teach me how to live faithfully.
An educated minister is important to me, the centrality of Jesus Christ, and the focus on missions and peacemaking keep me in the fold. Reformed and always reforming! Pam Reich Beaver Falls, PA

Barry Ensign-George

Thanks, Pam, for your comment! I also have good memories of PC(USA) Presbyterians who handed on the faith to me. Barry Ensign-George

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