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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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November 1, 2013

Highlights from the 2013 Synod COR Training Event

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 ...

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September 5, 2013

There's Power in the Patchwork: Unity in Diversity

The event logo is a square in yellow tones with red text, "There's Power in the Patchwork" above a quilted image of the flying geese pattern gathering to make a cross image.  Below is a base of purple with text in yellow, "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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