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Menlo Park Presbyterian Church gets OK to switch denominations

Regional governing body approves departure from PCUSA

The regional governing body overseeing the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church has voted to approve the church's departure.

Earlier this month, 93 percent of participating church members voted in favor of leaving Presbyterian Church USA for ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, a much smaller, more conservative denomination created in 2012.

One motivation for the change relates to real estate. PCUSA holds the titles to real estate property used by its churches. In ECO, the churches own the property. To claim the titles, Menlo Park Presbyterian agreed to pay its former parent organization $8.89 million.

Theological conflicts also inspired the move, including one over PCUSA's approval of gay clergy in 2011 and current debate over whether to recognize same-sex marriages, according to some members of the congregation. ECO, on the other hand, states that members not in a heterosexual marriage are expected to remain celibate.

MPPC has about 3,400 members and a couple of thousand more people attending services each week. That number may go up, as church leaders have said the denomination switch will pave the way to adding five more Bay Area campuses in addition to those already in Menlo Park, Mountain View and San Mateo.

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Posted by Options
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Is there a place of worship where gay people, and straight people that believe gay people should be treated like human beings can congregate?


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Posted by Interesting
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 23, 2014 at 7:24 am

Will the name of the Church change?


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 23, 2014 at 11:16 am

To Option

Here's an extensive list from the Berkeley Pacific School of Religion's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry.

Web Link


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Posted by MP resident
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 25, 2014 at 9:48 am

So will the Conesiour's Mkt in the summer end at Menlo Park Pres or will it now end at the Menlo Park Convenant Order of Evangelicals?

Thanks for clarifying...


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Posted by Mike R
a resident of another community
on Mar 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

ECO is a Presbyterian Church as well, so there is no plan to change the name. It will stay the same, just as it has stayed the same though several denominational changes over the 140+ years since the church was founded.


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