In Spirit and Truth seeks to encourage discussion and deeper consideration of representation issues in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is hoped entries will prompt reflection and dialogue on aspects of expanding representation and supporting full participation in the PCUSA, especially at the assembly and mid council levels.
This blog will occasionally feature content written by one of the fourteen members of the General Assembly Committee on Representation, who are church members, ministers (teaching elders) and ruling elders from across the country, as well as links and articles of particular interest. The ministries of advising, consulting, advocating, promoting inclusion, reviewing and recommending actions are vital to the life of the whole Body of Christ. Committees on Representation and/or their functions exists at all councils above session so from time to time we may highlight activities and insights from sister committees on representation at lower councils throughout the church.
Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. or the General Assembly Committee on Representation.
Author/Facilitator Molly Casteel is an Assistant Stated Clerk and the Manager for Equity and Representation in the Office of the General Assembly. She is a teaching elder (a.k.a. Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.
Welcome to In Spirit and Truth, a new blog from the 16-member, General Assembly Committee on Representation (GACOR) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We’ll use this space to present a wide array of content related to representation and participation in the church. Topics may include: supporting diversity; understanding intersectionality; addressing over-participation and dominance; advocacy for under-represented constituencies; exploring data measurement techniques, disaggregated data interpretation and creative and effective reporting; equal employment evaluation and goal setting; sharing links to related articles and studies of interest; expansive leadership discovery; theological reflections; Bible study; interrogating privilege an power in our communities and in our decision-making; training tips; and, success stories from councils that are supporting wide participation and representation in decision-making in their contexts. We’ll also use this space to present original research, provide commentary, and point to other studies of interest and value.
The essential functions of Committees on Representation are enumerated in G-3.0103 and the foundational principles of the PCUSA for diversity in unity are in F-1.0403 in the Book of Order.(PDF) The General Assembly as a council is described in G-3.05.