The Leadership Council is pleased to announce that the Progressive Christian Alliance is now recognized as a Faith Group Endorser for the purposes of board certification through the Board of Certified Chaplaincy, Inc (BCCi). This means that any clergy who would like to become chaplains can use the Progressive Christian Alliance as their endorsing body.
We are thrilled to be able to now offer this to PCA clergy! Special thanks to our Co-Chair, Rev. Beth Abbott for making sure this became a reality for our clergy!
Dear PCA friends,
I greet you in the name of the Historic Jesus and the Cosmic Christ.
Your Progressive Christian Alliance Leadership Council has been hard at work strengthening our Progressive Christian Alliance Community. In the current spiritual environment of our nation and world, a strong Progressive Christian witness is needed. We are experiencing a response to this need by the number of people God is calling into ordination through our organization. This is very exciting to us and we are sure that you share our excitement and our commitment to meet this need.
We are very pleased and grateful for the 501©(3) designation we have received from the IRS. This designation gives us the official status needed to begin the process of requesting acceptance of PCA ordination as valid clergy designation to apply for chaplaincy certification. In the process of making the chaplaincy certification application we discovered that there were some needed refinements to be made to our Constitution and Cannons. Your leadership Council has been at work several months working to revise our Constitution and Cannons to meet those requirements. We have labored to make sure that the document stays true to the spirit our founders intended and that the vision of the Progressive Christian Alliance remains clear and unchanged in this revision. It is very important that we make this revision in order to be able to receive certification for chaplaincy designation for our clergy.
We are sending out this draft copy of our revised Constitution and Cannons for your review, comment, and vote. Thank you for giving it careful consideration to provide a basis for strength as we move into the future. There will also be a Survey Monkey that will be posted in order to allow you to vote on the revision.
Thank you for your time and prayerful consideration.
The Rev. Dr. R. Lawton Higgs, Sr.
Chair, PCA Leadership Council
Constitution and Canon Update 14May2017 (PDF)
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The Leadership Council is excited to announce that we are now an official 501(c)3 organization! This opens up a lot of opportunities for our members and the organization as a whole. The Leadership Council is very excited, especially since this status opens us up as a body for sponsoring chaplains, having regular convocations, and being able to do more to support ministries! (This also means that any contribution you make from here on out is tax deductible!)
We’d like to particularly thank our treasurer, J.T., for his heroic feat of paperwork filing that made getting 501(c)3 status not only possibly, but fast!
Thank you all for your support while we went through this process, and we will be grateful for your continued support as we move forward!
Many blessings, and Happy New Year from your Leadership Council!
R. Lawton Higgs, Chair
Beth Beyer Abbott, Co-chair
J.T. Ramelis, Treasurer
Fred-Allen Self, Secretary
Gina Pond, Councillor-at-Large