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National Presbyterian offices take a financial hit

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The recession and a brewing protest by conservative congregations are taking a financial toll on national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which anticipates a $2.5 million shortfall in the 2002 budget.

John Detterick, executive director of the General Assembly Council, told the Louisville headquarters staff there may be cuts in jobs and scheduled pay increases next year.

Some conservative congregations plan to withhold funds from the denomination to protest what they consider liberal trends. Detterick said it's too early to tell how many will do so.

The separate Presbyterian Church Foundation in Jeffersonville, Ind., has cut about 20 staff positions through layoffs and attrition. Problems there were attributed entirely to stock market losses.

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