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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 fourteen members of the General Assembly Committee on Representation, who are church members, ministers (teaching elders) and ruling elders from across the country, as well as links and articles of particular interest. The ministries of advising, consulting, advocating, promoting inclusion, reviewing and recommending actions 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 Manager for Equity and Representation 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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July 30, 2012

GA220 spotlight: The Church as Employer

Privilege, Power and Policy: The Church as Employer, the report of the Climate for Change Task Force to the 220th General Assembly (2012) and highlighted actions taken by the assembly.

July 26, 2012


On July 26th, 1990, President George H. W. Bush, signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

A four quartered graphic square sitting up on its corner in a diagonal and representing the various major disability categories covered in the Americans with Disabilities Act

The most recent social witness policy for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was adopted by the 217th General Assembly in 2006 Living Into the Body Of Christ may be found here.

In 2000, the church celebrated the passage of That All May Enter (Minutes, UPCUSA, 1977, Part I, pp. 99–108).  That resolution may be found here.

In 2008 the 218th General Assembly adopted Comfort My People: A Policy Statement on Serious Mental Illness with Study Guide.  That resource is ...

July 21, 2012

Saturday, the last day of the GACOR exhibit at the Churchwide Gathering

Oh what a time we have had at the PW Churchwide Gathering here in Kissimmee, Florida.  So many good conversations, shared stories and lots of laughter. 

Today we got to meet a mighty mother-daughter duo, Connie and Amy.  They met up in Florida from Washington state and Texas respectively.  Connie was a voting member at the business meeting this Triennium and Amy served on the Churchwide Coordinating Team for a few years and was back to visit with old friends.

The mother, Connie Robinson (of WA) shows off her gifts for diversity and inclusion.

Connie Robinson, the mother (from Washington state), shows off her gifts for diversity and inclusion.  ...

July 21, 2012

Friday at the Gathering

Don't be surprised if loved ones return from Orlando sporting a colorful cross on ankles, wrists, arms and even a cheek or two.  COR temporary tattoos are finding their ways onto participants, young and old, during their time at the Gathering. 

Being in the exhibit hall has increased the opportunities to engage women from around the PCUSA and beyond in conversations about diversity, inclusion and representation in mid councils and general assembly.  

Today we met Adrienne and Melody.  They filled out the COR mad libs and were willing to share them with you.

Adrienne showed her Maryland pride.

Adrienne showed ...

July 18, 2012

Adventures in the Exhibit Hall...Day 1 at the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women 2012 in Orlando, Florida

Today was the first day the exhibit hall was open and saw women gathering from across the world.  Here are a few of the sights at the COR booth (#416). 

Folks visiting the booth.

Come by and see the new logo and look of the General Assembly Committee on Representation. Photo by Molly Casteel

We are seeing old friends...

Angelica Michail, former member of GACOR

Former member of GACOR, Angelica Michail from Southern California and Hawaii, found us in the exhibit area and gave us a shout out. Photo by Molly Casteel.

...and making new ones.
Cookie Seatt likes to sing.

Cookie can sing y'all! Photo by Molly Casteel

Daphne Patterson

We met Daphne ...

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