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In Spirit and Truth is the blog of the General Assembly Committee on Representation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It will feature content written by the sixteen members of the committee, who are teaching and ruling elders from across the country, and our staff person in the Office of the General Assembly, as well as links and articles of particular interest.  These blog entries are intended to prompt reflection and dialogue on aspects of expanding representation and supporting full participation in the PCUSA, especially at the assembly level.  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 our sister committees on representation at smaller councils throughout the church.  From time to time, guest contributors will provide content.  Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Presbyterian Church USA or the General Assembly Committee on Representation.
 
Author/Facilitator Molly Casteel is an Assistant Stated Clerk and the Coordinator for Representation and Inclusiveness Services.  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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June 28, 2013

Anniversaries abound and histories surround us

I’m feeling especially grateful these days.  This week I received a colorful package from California.  Inside was a book, 40th History of the Ethnic Concerns Committee, a great gift from Joan Alston, a colleague in the Synod of the Pacific.  Tlogo for the synod of the pacific has three red flame-like figures in the center of a blue circle background joined with a small white cross  surrounded by the name of the synod in blue text he cover is a beautiful rendering of the two sides of the cover of hte book has a carved wooden door with large cross spanning two doors and overhead, in starburst pattern and descending dove over the doors, handles make two side of an open book, carved hands in an open gesture beside them with bread and cup underneathhand-carved doors to the chapel here in the Presbyterian Center where I serve. More than once this week, I’ve given in to the temptation to peruse a few of its pages and in it I’ve learned so much more about the deep history ...