Resolution J420-2013

Commemorating the 95th Anniversary of the Church of the Nazarene

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  • Feb 5, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 5, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 95th Anniversary of the Church
of the Nazarene

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor and pay trib-
ute  to  those  sacred  institutions  whose  historic  significance  has
contributed to the culture and traditions of our citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate the 95th Anniversary of the Church of the Nazarene; and
  WHEREAS,   The  Church  of  the  Nazarene  organization  has  been  an
expression of the holiness movement along with the emphasis  on  sancti-
fied  life;  its  founders came together to form one people by utilizing
evangelism, compassionate ministries, and  education;  the  Church  went
forth to become a people of many cultures and tongues; and
  WHEREAS,  The spiritual vision of early Nazarenes was derived from the
doctrinal core of John Wesley's preaching;  these  affirmations  include
justification  by  grace through faith, sanctification as an inheritance
available to every Christian, and the witness of  the  Spirit  to  God's
work in human lives; and
  WHEREAS,  In  October 1907, the Association of Pentecostal Churches of
America and the Church of the Nazarene merged in Chicago,  Illinois,  at
the First General Assembly; and
  WHEREAS,  With  the  Pentecostal  Church  of  Scotland and Pentecostal
Mission unions in 1915, the Church of the Nazarene embraced seven previ-
ous denominations and parts of two other groups; the Nazarenes  and  the
Wesleyan  Church  emerged  as the two denominations that eventually drew
together a majority of the holiness movement's independent strands; and
  WHEREAS, In 1908, there were churches in Canada and organized work  in
India,  Cape  Verde, and Japan, soon followed by work in Africa, Mexico,
and China; the 1915 mergers added congregations in the British Isles and
work in Cuba, Central America, and South  America;  there  were  congre-
gations in Syria and Palestine by 1922; and
  WHEREAS, Indigenous holiness churches in Australia and Italy united in
the  1940s,  others in Canada and Great Britain in the 1950s, and one in
Nigeria in 1988;  as  the  church  grew  culturally  and  linguistically
diverse, it committed itself in 1980 to internationalization, a deliber-
ate policy of being one church of congregations and districts worldwide,
rather than being divided into national churches such as earlier Protes-
tant denominations; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  over  60  percent of Nazarenes and 80 percent of the
church's 425 districts are outside the United States; and
  WHEREAS, An early system of colleges for the Church of the Nazarene in
North America and the British Isles  has  become  a  global  network  of
institutions  with  three  graduate seminaries in North America, Central
America, and the Asia-Pacific region; there are 11 liberal arts colleges
in Africa, Canada, Korea, and the United States, as well as 37  theolog-
ical schools worldwide; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Church  of  the Nazarene bonds together individuals who
have made Jesus Christ the Lord of their  lives,  sharing  in  Christian
fellowship,  and  seeking to strengthen each other in faith and develop-
ment through worship, preaching, training, and service to others; and
  WHEREAS, The Church of the Nazarene stands on the threshold of  tomor-
row, prepared to meet the challenges of the coming decades while retain-
ing that spiritual resolve which characterizes its past; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom of this Legislative Body to take note of
enduring religious institutions and to bring such  institutions  to  the
attention of the people of this Empire State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 95th Anniversary of the Church of the Nazarene;  and  be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Lenroy  Pascall,  Pastor, Springfield Gardens Church of the
Nazarene.

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