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.
At each and every General Assembly, the committee greets new members and says good bye to others who have completed their service. Two members leaving after this assembly have served for 8 years! Alma-jean and Stanley, you will be missed and we give thanks for the good work you have contributed and the legacy you leave for those who serve after you.
So it is with Assembly Moderators as well. This year, we said thank you to Moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010), Elder Cindy Bolbach as her term of service ended.
When she was elected in 2010, GACOR members met with her for basic introductions and orientation.
The 220th General Assembly (2012) elected teaching elder, the Rev. Dr. Neal D. Presa as its Moderator. As is its custom, the GACOR members, present at the assembly, welcomed him to his new role and introduced themselves and the shared work ahead. Committee members are eager to work with Neal and Tom as they fulfill the duties and privileges of being Moderator and Vice Moderator to this assembly.
GACOR leadership has its own transition. Ending a term are ruling elder Alma-jean Marion, Moderator, and ruling elder Deborah Fair, Vice Moderator. Beginning a term are ruling elder Deborah Fair, Moderator, and the Rev. Hector Rivera-Velez, Vice Moderator.