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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 fifteen members of the General Assembly Committee on Representation, who are teaching and ruling elders from across the country, as well as links and articles of particular interest. The ministries of advising, consulting, advocating, reviewing and recommending 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 Coordinator for Representation, Inclusiveness and Ruling Elder Training 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.

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February 21, 2013

Toward a More Full Self-Understanding

In the summer of 2011, a historical document of the PCUSA became quietly accessible again with its online publication. 

The General Assembly Committee on Representation played a role in making that happen when it did.  They were concerned about the ahistoricity of conversations around Presbyterian self-structures in light of the work of the Mid-Councils Commission in 2011.

black text on white background: Celebrate Black HistoryFor over one hundred years there were all-Black governing bodies (presbyteries and synods) in the Presbyterian Church.  A history of these structures was written and adopted by the 205th General Assembly in 1993.  This document provides a rich understanding of the diverse expressions ...


February 6, 2013

The Time Has Come!

On January 24, 2013, Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary made an astounding announcement that will  change the course of history for women in the military announcing the elimination of ground combat exclusion and suggesting a plan to move forward to eliminate all gender based barriers.  The  announcement, in my opinion, is a wake-up signal to the church and calls the church to also re-examine it's stance on women in ministry.

Textured black text on white background: Celebrate Black HistoryIronically, this announcement came between the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration and the beginning of Black History Month.  What a more appropriate time to raise the issue considering the ...