“I thank you for your service,” Rhashell D. Hunter, acting co-executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), told a predominantly female audience at the Women’s Orientation Breakfast Saturday.
Hunter expressed gratitude for all Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members who provide energy, wisdom, insight and responsible leadership.
Coffee is a major agricultural product of Mexico, the beverage of choice among millions of people in the U.S., and a link in a mission partnership that transforms people in both countries.
Commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are being informed by the perspectives of 14 ecumenical advisory delegates and eight missionary advisory delegates.
Being cutting edge and entrepreneurial is in Andy James’s nature.
Only two years into his position as associate for small-church ministries and technology for the Presbytery of New Hope in Raleigh, N.C., his latest brainchild — in collaboration with Kevin Veldhuisen, transitional mission coordinator and stated clerk of the Presbytery of South Dakota — is a collective known as the Youngish Mid Council Leaders.
After the June 12 Singapore summit between U.S. and North Korean heads of state, South Korean church leaders say they’re increasingly optimistic about the chances of reunification up and down the Korean peninsula ― of nations and of families.
“Because of your presence, we Korean churches can sustain our long march toward peace and reunification,” the Rev. Jaecheon Lee, general secretary of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK), said during a General Assembly news conference Saturday. “I am pleased to talk about how you have stood by my church for a long time.”
A Palestinian human rights activist told a pre-General Assembly gathering Saturday morning that the Presbyterian conversation about Israel-Palestine needs to change to concentrate on people rather than policies.
“The conversations here are completely different than the conversations in Palestine,” Bassem Eid told the Presbyterians for Middle East Peace (PMEP) Breakfast just before the 223rd General Assembly convened.
The Fellowship Community isn’t about advocating for a position, the Rev. Gale Watkins said.
“We’re here to encourage the evangelical community.”
That declaration was part of the Fellowship Community’s welcome-to-the 223rd-General Assembly (2018) reception Friday evening. The event drew about 15 people and was one of several welcoming and orientation events on the eve of the Assembly.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II, issued a statement from the denomination’s 223rd General Assembly condemning the Trump administration’s new policy of separating young children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We have come a long way. We have so much to celebrate. And we have a long way to go.” That was the theme expressed repeatedly at the joint celebration of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and More Light Presbyterians June 15, the night before the start of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
It was the first time the two groups had ever held a joint event. The mission of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians is to further the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in ways that are as “just and generous as the grace of God.” More Light Presbyterians also work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of faith in all aspects of the PC(USA).
Addressing both the minutiae and the gravitas of a General Assembly with equal measures of grace and good humor, Martha Miller, manager for ruling elder resources and educator certification for the Office of the General Assembly, oriented the Assembly’s 15 Theological Student Advisory Delegates (TSADs) to the adventure that awaits them at the 223rd General Assembly.
But first, she had a little fun.