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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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January 2, 2013

Epiphany: a time for insight and revelation

As the horizon of human knowledge expands many traditions and words take on new meanings.

Initially, the Epiphany (gr. epiphaneia - "manifestation") was a festival that was celebrated twelve days after Christmas in order to remember the birth of our Lord, his baptism in the Jordan River and the manifestation of his glory in the celebrations of the wedding at Cana.

Painting depicts a large caravan of magi descending a hill with horses, persons walking and a large company engaged in merriment as they travel west to see the Christ child.

Die Reise der Heiligen Drei Konige (fragment) by Sasseta Giovanni (1432-1436), currently in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA.

When in the fourth century, the Greek Church adopted the Roman date for celebrating Christmas ...

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