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Proposed Change to Constitution

To the Members of the Progressive Christian Alliance,

The Leadership Council, per Article VII of our Constitution, is required to get a vote from the membership, with a 30 day comment period, when we need to change any part of the Constitution and Canons.

In order to submit our 501(c)3 application, we are required by the IRS to change the wording of Article VI to clarify who or what organizations will get the Progressive Christian Alliance’s assets in the event that the Progressive Christian Alliance is either liquidated or dissolved. Because there has been mis-use of 501(c)3 status by other people, the IRS strongly suggests that any monies in a 501(c)3 account be transferred into another tax-exempt account upon dissolution.

The following wording was approved by the Leadership Council and now requires a vote by the membership to approve the following change:

from: In the event of liquidation or dissolution of the Progressive Christian Alliance all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred at the direction of the trustees to the individual congregations and affiliated ministries.

to: In the event of liquidation or dissolution of the Progressive Christian Alliance, all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred at the direction of the Leadership Council to PCA 501c3 congregations, 501c3 affiliated ministries or any 501c3 agencies.

Per the constitution, voting will be open for the next 30 days to allow for comment and discussion. Voting will open today and expire on September 30, 2016 and the results will be posted within a week of closing date (if not sooner).

Please vote using the box below, or, if you have issues with the box below, click here to go to the SurveyMonkey website.

Thank you for your participation in this process, and we appreciate your patience as we move closer to 501(c)3 status!


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501(c)3 Filing Fundraiser!


We are nearing the finish line with our application for 501(c)3 status! All the paperwork is in order and our initial incorporation is done, but now the Progressive Christian Alliance needs your help! In order to actually file the paperwork, we need to come up with the $400 filing fee.

This is where you come in: we need your donation to help us be able file for our non-profit status so that we can do more for our members and clergy than we can do right now. Getting this status means we can be an official ordaining body for clergy who would like to do chaplaincy. We’ll be able to do more fundraising for special ministry projects. It’ll help make it possible for us to do annual, or even regional, conferences and gatherings. This status will also help pay for the little things: printing ordination certificates, paying for background checks clergy, and other basic office type necessities.

In short, getting 501(c)3 status will allow us to have the necessary tools to help this organization, and it’s ministry of radical inclusion, grow and move forward!

Click here to go to our donation page and help the Progressive Christian Alliance meet our goal! We suggest a $25 donation, but every little bit counts! Even $1 will help us toward our goal!

Many Blessings and Much Thanks,

The Leadership Council:

R. Lawton Higgs, Chair

Beth Beyer Abbott, Co-chair

J.T. Ramelis, Treasurer

Fred-Allen Self, Secretary

Gina A. Pond, Member-at-Large

Say Hello to the New Leadership Council!

With the voting now closed, we are pleased to announce the new Progressive Christian Alliance Leadership Council:

Chair: Rev. R. Lawton Higgs, Sr.

Co-chair: Rev. Beth Beyer Abbot

Secretary: Rev. Fred-Allen Self

Treasurer: Rev. J.T. Ramelis

Member-at-Large: Rev. Gina Pond

They will be serving a 3 year term and the handoff from the previous council will happen soon. Thank you all for your service to the PCA!

PCA Members: Vote for your next Leadership Council!

Nominations are now closed and voting has begun! Voting will close on November 24th. Please click the link below:

Leadership Council Voting

From the Leadership Council: Nominations for Leadership Council Members are Open

It is that time of year to take nominations for positions on the Leadership Council. The following positions are available: Chair, Co-chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Member At-large. Please, make your nominations in the comment section by naming the person and the position to which you nominate them. If you are nominated, please let us know if you accept the nomination.

We will begin nominations today and complete them on 16 November 2015.

Following are the descriptions from The Constitution and Canons for each position:

A. Council Member Election

Council members shall be elected by a majority vote of the Progressive Christian Alliance membership.

B. Leadership Council Members and Responsibilities

1. Leadership Council Members

a. Regularly attend council meetings and important related meetings via electronic means. Policy matters will be brought to the greater body within 72 hours for a vote that will be completed within five (5) business days from the
posting. Can miss no more than three consecutive meetings prior to being asked to step down by the Chair or Co-chair.

b. Makes serious commitment to participate actively in council work.

c. Volunteers forand willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time.

d. Stays informed about both council and committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and
comments on minutes and reports.

e. Gets to know other members and builds a collegial working
relationship that contributes to consensus.

f. Is an active participant in the committee’s annualevaluation and planning efforts.

g. Serve a three (3) year term and may not self-succeed into same position. Cannot concurrently serve as chair of another committee, conference or auxiliary organization within the Progressive Christian Alliance.

Leadership Council Position Descriptions: 

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Message from the Chair: Welcome to our new ministers!

Please join me in welcoming our newest Progressive Christian Alliance ministers:
Rev. Ron White
Rev. Bryan Bass-Riley
Rev. Bill Johnson
Rev. Terry Owens
Rev. Jenny Howard
Rev. William Greaver
Rev. Pierce Leavell
Rev. Craig Bartlett
Welcome home. Welcome home!
Ann Luchterhand Joyce
PCA Leadership Council Chair

Please welcome our new Co-Chair!

From the Leadership Council:

It is a great pleasure to introduce you to our new co-chair Rev. Katharine Royal.


Feel free to add to the congratulations through our Facebook page.

Leadership Council Co-chair Voting

On behalf of Leadership Council Chair, Rev Ann Luchterhand Joyce:

If you are a member of the Progressive Christian Alliance, please vote for the new Leadership Council Co-chair. (via SurveyMonkey) Voting will be open until November 19, 2014 11:59 CDT.

For more information about the nominees, please see our Facebook page.

Now taking Leadership Council Nominations

Dear Friends,

As we prepare the documents for filing the 501c3, we are in need to complete our Leadership Council membership. The position of Leadership Council Co-chair is needing to be filled. Please, prayerfully consider nominating someone for this position. Remember to ask the person before you officially nominate them here. We will keep nominations open until November 12, 2014, 11:59 EST.

Description: Co-Chair Job Description:

1. Is a member of the Council

2. Performs Chair responsibilities when the Chair cannot be available (see Chair Job Description)

3. Reports to the Council’s Chair

4. Works closely with the Chair and other LC members.

The Leadership Council meets one time per month via teleconference, with hopes of eventually meeting via Google Hangouts.

Ann Luchterhand Joyce

LC Chair