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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 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 her Maryland pride. Photo by Molly Casteel.

Melody has a missionary heart.

Melody has a missionary heart. Photo by Molly Casteel.

With the business meeting complete, the crowds grew in the exhibit hall. 

Crowds gather in the exhibit hall on Friday

After the business meeting and workshops on Friday, crowds gathered in the exhibit hall. Photo by Molly Casteel.

We've used hundreds of temporary tattoos while we've been here and shared many others for women to take to loved ones.

tattoos waiting for the next willing person to wear one, cloth and water to apply

All you need is a temporary tattoo, water and a small cloth. Photo by Molly Casteel

activity center in the COR booth for making prayer flags and doing mad libs

For those who want to be more creative, you can make prayer flags and complete COR mad libs. Photo by Molly Casteel.

messages filled out but left behind at the booth -- no photos of their authors available

Some chose to fill out the messages but not have their pictures taken. We are honored to spend time at the Gathering and meet these wonderful women and men. Photo by Molly Casteel.

The exhibit hall closes Saturday.  Enjoy the rest of the Gathering.  We hope to meet you and learn about your ministries.  The river of hope is flowing.  May it restore you...