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.
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.
Connie and Amy were not the only mother-daughter duos we met this week but they were the only dyad who filled out the messages to share with you. Thanks Connie and Amy for sharing a bit of your Gathering with us.
With a return ticket a bit earlier in the day, I had to leave the Gathering early. So I bid adieu on Saturday afternoon and headed to the airport. I met so many women serving in committees on representation in their councils (presbytery and synod) looking for resources and assistance, sharing stories of the work and grateful to see GACOR supporting the Gathering. Well done Presbyterian Women, we hope to see you in three years in Minnesota.