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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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November 1, 2013

Highlights from the 2013 Synod COR Training Event

Theme: There's Power in the Patchwork: Unity in Diversity

Oh what a beautiful time was had by the 60 folks who gathered forevent logo, text: There's Power in the patchwork: Unity in Diversity, on a yellow field with purple base.  Centered appears a quilted image which reveals a cross which appears darker than the outer pieces.  The quilted image dips below the purple band at the bottom of the square field. the training event concluded on October 26.  All leaders in their council's committees on representation, women and men gathered from as far as Puerto Rico and Washington state, Texas to Minnesota.  

Two stories have been published in the news service so far: one on October 25; another today, November 1.  There will be more.

Resources shared by speakers will be accessible on the event page.  Already appearing there is the sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer, on Friday, October 25, "Respond" on the Acts 6 text.

Stay tuned as we have more photos, videos and materials to share.

Tags: gacor, margaret aymer, scor, synod cor, training event


October 20, 2013

GACOR meets Oct. 22-24 and hosts Synod COR Training Event October 24-26

We are days away from the beginning of the 2013 Synod Committee on Representation (SCOR) Training Event in Rosemont, IL (Chicago area near O'Hare airport).  Watch this space for highlights from the training, photos, quotes from particpants, links to articles, and other highlights.
To learn more -- please visit our event page.  There you can see speaker bios, the general schedule, and workshop descriptions.  
Worship leaders include the Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer of Interdenominational Theological Center (Johnson C. Smith Seminary), and pastor/artist Rev. Shawna Bowman of Chicago, IL. Music leaders are Debbie Dierks and Lewis Washington. Speakers/Teachers for ...

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September 5, 2013

There's Power in the Patchwork: Unity in Diversity

The 2013 Synod COR Training Event will be held October 24-26 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont, IL. 

The conference will open with dinner and contextual Bible study on Thursday evening at 5:30 pm and end with closing worship on Saturday at noon. The theme is "There's Power in the Patchwork: Unity in Diversity."

While we share Constitutional language and minimum functions for representation and inclusiveness in council life, we do not share the same contexts, understandings of, or structures for, the work. “Unity in Diversity” looks different in each council ...

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August 27, 2013

Presbyterians and the Civil Rights Movement

This content originally appeared on the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) website and is re-posted here.


Did you know that August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom? The March was a pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement and where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Many Presbyterians were part of the struggle for equality. On this special anniversary, we are proud to offer a variety of resources demonstrating the dynamic role Presbyterians played.

 

"Presbyterians and the Struggle for Civil Rights," is an article from The ...

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July 24, 2013

Diverse Perspectives: A Competitive Advantage

Reprinted, with permission, from (Work in Progress), The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor.

July 26 marks the 23rd anniversary of a landmark event in our nation’s history: the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Like other civil rights legislation that came before it, the ADA works to ensure a more inclusive America, one where more people have the freedom to lead full lives, pursue their dreams and reach their greatest potential. It also reaffirms the inherent value of one of our core national assets: our diversity.

From its earliest days, America’s strength ...

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