1. Presbyterians un-divesting

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has been accused of being anti-Semitic for singling out Israel in statements and positions regarding human rights. But at its national assembly this year, the church decided it would change its policy of divestment from businesses that operate in Israel to one of investing in "peaceful pursuits."

The Associated Press reports that Jewish groups are satisfied with the action.

David Bernstein of the American Jewish Committee's Washington office, who is observing the assembly, said the new wording "subjects Israel to the same process as every other country in the world. That's what we wanted. Singling out Israel is not the way to approach peace in the Middle East."

The resolution also apologized for "the pain that this has caused" among "many members of the Jewish community and within our Presbyterian communion," reports The New York Times.

2. Pro-life Presbyterians?

The PCUSA also adopted a resolution that "viable unborn babies—those well-developed enough to survive outside the womb if delivered—ought to be preserved and cared for and not aborted." The AP reports that "an amendment to add 'based on the choice of the mother' was defeated."

3. African primates respond

Weblog, who admits ignorance of all things mainline, wonders why the Episcopal Church passed on a resolution that seems to have upset everybody. The resolution, which asked for restraint in consecrating bishops "whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church," does not address same-sex blessings and is not a moratorium, which the rest of the Anglican Communion leadership asked for in the 2003 Windsor Report. The Episcopal News Service says the resolution was an effort to stay in conversation ...

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