Commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly learned Sunday just how difficult their task will be later this week when they will vote on two significant proposals for changing the way the denomination is governed.
The Way Forward Commission, the All-Agency Review Committee and the less controversial 2020 Vision Team – all created by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) presented highlights of their proposals during a plenary session Sunday afternoon in which the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II, stated clerk of the General Assembly, said the status quo is no longer viable.
Those who arrive early for plenary sessions have the opportunity to listen and sing along with the Rev. Chip Andrus, a fixture on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly stage since 2001. This year, the bearded and bandana-clad Andrus has caught the attention of Young Adult Advisory Delegates, who have been overheard clamoring for “Willie Nelson’s autograph.”
What some may not know is that Andrus comes to this Assembly facing the daunting challenge of advanced-stage cancer. After eight years in remission, he was diagnosed last November with metastatic melanoma. Since the first of the year, he has undergone a battery of treatments, with mixed results.
In a break from its traditional breakfast program at General Assembly, the Presbyterian Foundation used music to deliver its message to mid council leaders.
“This year we wanted to speak to your hearts,” said the Rev. Tom Taylor, the Foundation’s president and CEO. With that, he introduced ― for the speaking-to-the-heart part ― Fernando Ortega, a three-time Dove Award winner, who performed for more than an hour. His music eloquently told stories of faith, family and friends, humor and love.
교사와 중간공의회 사무총장 팀이 미국장로교회에서 2번 째 공동총회장으로 토요일 저녁 4차례의 투표 끝에 선출되었다.
플로리다 열대 지방 노회의 빌마리 신트론-올리비에리 Bilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri와 보스턴 북부 뉴 잉글랜드 노회의 신디 콜맨Cindy Kohlmann 목사는 중부 표준시 오후 9시 1분에 승리를 얻었다. 시애틀 노회의 엘리아나 맥심 Eliana Maxim목사와 뉴욕시 노회의 버트람 존슨Bertram Johnson 목사, 그리고 총회장 후보로 나선 샨탤 알트닙Chantal Atnip 장로와 시카고 노회에서 부총회장으로 출마한 켄 호켄베리Ken Hockenberry 목사 등 두 후보팀과 경쟁하였다.
Humbled and overjoyed is how the new co-moderators of the 223rd General Assembly said they felt after Saturday night’s close election. Appearing at their first news conference, Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann said the last few months have been “an incredible journey” and they are ready to move forward.
“We will be surprising and do things in ways the church hasn’t necessarily experienced before,” said Kohlmann. “Some of that will be around the expectations of who should do what. Who should preach? Who should show up at clergy or ruling elder conferences? We want to do things that we feel called to, not necessarily what traditional expectations might want to dictate.”
Three outstanding Presbyterian clergywomen who are “woke” were honored for their determined efforts to challenge systemic racism and oppression during today’s Women of Faith Awards Breakfast at the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis, Mo.
It took commissioners four ballots Saturday evening to elect an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and a mid-council executive as the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s second-ever co-moderators.
Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri of the Presbytery of Tropical Florida and the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann of the presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England gained their victory at 9:01 p.m. Central Time over two pairs of challengers – the Rev. Eliana Maxim of the Presbytery of Seattle and the Rev. Bertram Johnson of the Presbytery of New York City, also standing as co-moderator candidates, and Chantal Atnip, a ruling elder who stood for moderator, and the Rev. Ken Hockenberry, her vice-moderator running mate from the Presbytery of Chicago.
For 200 years, the Presbyterian Outlook has spoken out boldly on issues in church and society, Outlook editor and publisher Jill Duffield told an overflow crowd of subscribers and supporters of the magazine at the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) convened Saturday with an opening worship service buoyant with music and prayer and punctuated with calls for community-based acts of social witness.
Befitting its “River City” location, the liturgy, hymns and sermons shared a leitmotif of water: The Gathering Words, Prayer of Invocation and Thanksgiving, Call to Confession, Assurance of Forgiveness and Anthem — “Shall We Gather at the River?” — referenced water’s potential to baptize, wash, destroy, sustain and renew.
Progressive Presbyterians encouraged commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly (2018) to adopt overtures calling for direct action on social witness concerns rather than creating study commissions.