Including actions taken during the 222nd General Assembly (2016), which adjourned Saturday, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) per capita apportionment for 2017 will be $7.50 and $7.73 for 2018.
Encouraged by the charge of Co-Moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston that the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting would end at the end of closing worship, commissioners, advocates and guests joined in enthusiastically singing “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” as the final service of the assembly began.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a new season in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as witnessed by the actions of the 222nd General Assembly (2016). The body of 594 commissioners who gathered June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon, elected Co-Moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, and J. Herbert Nelson as the Stated Clerk. Both were historic, and both signal a new way forward for our church.
The Presbyterian Church (U.SA.) will continue its investment in fossil-fuel companies after overwhelmingly turning back an overture Friday to begin divestment immediately. Instead, it will continue the process of selective, phased, divestment that begins with full corporate engagement.
Reconciliation has vertical and horizontal dimensions—and “the vertical orients the horizontal,” Jerry Andrews, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in San Diego, told Presbyterians gathered for worship on Friday, the final full day of the 222nd General Assembly (2016).
It didn’t take long for the kudos to start pouring in Friday after the 222nd General Assembly (2016) elected J.Herbert Nelson as the PC(USA)’s new Stated Clerk, the highest ecclesial office in the 1.5-million-member denomination.
After a six-year discernment process throughout the denomination, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved on Friday a lengthy report underscoring the centrality of peacemaking to Christian faith and promising to “practice boldly the things that make for peace.”
After several hours of debate, commissioners to the 222nd General Assembly (2016)of the Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.) voted to send to presbyteries a proposed amendment to the Book of Order that would restore the previous nomenclature for ordered ministry.
After a debate that stretched over the dinner hour, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) approved a lengthy report containing a re-evaluation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s historic support of a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine.
One barometer of the pressure points within the Presbyterian family in past years has been “commissioners’ resolutions,” which enable delegates to General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to submit items of business on the spot. Historically, resolutions have addressed recent developments in the life of the church or the world that have arisen after the deadlines for submission of traditional items of business such as overtures from presbyteries and synods. Resolutions are, in effect, the “rapid-response” vehicles for the assemblies.