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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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October 20, 2013

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

square logo image for the training event features a mostly light yellow field with the red italic text "There's Power in the Patchwork" above an image of a cross formed by the gathering of quilt pieces in a "flying geese" pattern, the cross a darker image with lighter blocks of various colors on the outer edges.  Below the quilted cross is a strip of purple in which the words, "Unity in Diversity" appear centered in a light yellow hue and a sans serif font.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 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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April 25, 2013

Five Verbs, Seven Groups and a Case Study

A visitor at this meeting, I was given privilege of the floor to advise the Synod commissioners about language in soon-to-be adopted Synod by-laws about the Committee on Representation.

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