Presbytery of Indianapolis – Anti-slavery

On the 5th of April, 1836  this church body resolves firmly against slavery:

“Resolved, That all men have a natural an unalienable right to liberty, unless the right has been forfeited by crime.

Resolved, That slavery as it exists in the United States, is a great natural, political, and moral evil.

Resolved, That there is good reason to believe that the present difficulties in the Presbyterian church, are in part on account of the large measure in which she has participated in the sin of slavery. “

Further resolutions deny ministerial standing to slaveholders,  or receiving any slaveholder into membership, unless reparations are first made.