220th GA approves recommendation for development of clear definition for affiliated school

Also recognizes centennial celebrations of two PC(USA) seminaries

July 5, 2012

Pittsburgh

The 220th General Assembly today (July 4) approved the list of affiliated colleges, universities, and secondary schools as recommended by the Theological Issues, Institutions and Christian Education Committee.

The Assembly also approved the committee’s request that the General Assembly Mission Council, with the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, develop a clear definition of what it means to be considered a “Presbyterian affiliated” school. Currently there is no guideline for affiliation.

The Assembly honored the Rev. John B. Trotti for a lifetime of dedicated work in theological education. Trotti, professor emeritus of bibliography at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., replied with gratitude, saying, “I have loved this church all my life.”

Other motions approved by the Assembly from this committee included slight changes to the Directory for Worship item W-4.4002, and a continued covenantal agreement with Auburn Theological Seminary.

The Assembly approved the appointment of Frank Yamada to the presidency of McCormick Seminary in Chicago and James McDonald as president of San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif.

Finally, the Assembly celebrated the bicentennial of two Presbyterian seminaries – Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Presbyterian Seminary. Both were founded in 1812.

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