Many of you have raised serious concerns about the “Transluminate” series of plays that were held at the Chapel, an arts venue co-located with and supported by Memorial Presbyterian Church. Hopefully, you have had an opportunity to read Memorial’s recent statement about the purpose of this outreach ministry, including their rationale for hosting the event last weekend. Memorial’s statement can be found here.
We want to inform you of our Presbytery’s response: several weeks ago, when we first learned of the event, a delegation from our Presbytery met with several members of Memorial’s Session to ask questions, seek clarification and express our grave concerns about the wisdom of hosting this event. During that meeting, Memorial and Chapel leaders acknowledged a need to take a closer look going forward at the appropriateness of hosting this production and expressed an openness to discussing the ministry and its governing policies with Missouri Presbytery. To that end, the delegation asked them to present on Chapel ministry at the Presbytery’s April Stated meeting.
Since the delegation’s meeting a few weeks ago, the Presbytery’s Administrative Committee has taken additional steps and approved the following actions: (1) to form a committee under BCO 13.9f to investigate this matter further and (2) to call a meeting of Presbytery for later this month or early next month to consider the committee’s findings.