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.
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).
We are seeing old friends...
Like at the General Assembly earlier this month,the temporary tattoos of the new COR logo are a big hit.
The opening plenary was this evening so the Churchwide Gathering gains real steam tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for more adventures of the representational and particpational variety with Presbyterian Women. Until then know we have limited supplies of these rulers and temporary tattoos.
Privilege, Power and Policy: The Church as Employer, the report of the Climate for Change Task Force to the 220th General Assembly (2012) was adopted with slight amendment suggested by the task force itself. The report may be found here: http://www.pc-biz.org/IOBView.aspx?m=ro&id=3951&promoid=239 until it is prepared for final publication. The GACOR commends it to you and gives thanks to those who served on the task force and to the assembly for adopting its work.
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.
Statistics shared with the 220th General Assembly (2012) and appreciation for our colleague who presented them.
Life as a Corresponding Member
It is an honor to serve as an Assistant Stated Clerk and to staff the General Assembly Committee on Representation. One consequence is that I am named a corresponding member to the assembly and given an assigned seat. This year, I'm sitting at T-06 (section nearest the entrance to the hall). This is my view and proximate to the view for Alma-jean Marion the outgoing Moderator of GACOR, also a corresponding member.
We are blessed to serve and though this night be long, we promise to remain appreciative of this opportunity to do ministry ...