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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 24, 2013

Diverse Perspectives: A Competitive Advantage

Reprinted, with permission, from (Work in Progress), The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor.

July 26 marks the 23rd anniversary of a landmark event in our nation’s history: the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Like other civil rights legislation that came before it, the ADA works to ensure a more inclusive America, one where more people have the freedom to lead full lives, pursue their dreams and reach their greatest potential. It also reaffirms the inherent value of one of our core national assets: our diversity.Patty stands in a grocery aisle.  She is wearing black and has a walker.  She is looking directly into the camera with a broad smile.

From its earliest days, America’s strength has derived ...

July 18, 2013

An Open Letter to the Six Jurors in the George Zimmerman Trial

I hardly know where to begin, because my heart is so heavy with disappointment, and incredulity.  My initial reaction upon hearing of the death of Trayvon Martin more than a year ago, was sympathy for his family.  As more details emerged, I began to get angry.  I was angry because it was clear from the recorded call between Zimmerman and police, that he had undeniably racially profiled this boy.  But I was more horrified that he had been released, in possession of his weapon that night, before Trayvon had even been identified.  This child, killed ...