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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 18, 2012

Adventures in the Exhibit Hall...Day 1 at the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women 2012 in Orlando, Florida

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). 

Folks visiting the booth.

Come by and see the new logo and look of the General Assembly Committee on Representation. Photo by Molly Casteel

We are seeing old friends...

Angelica Michail, former member of GACOR

Former member of GACOR, Angelica Michail from Southern California and Hawaii, found us in the exhibit area and gave us a shout out. Photo by Molly Casteel.

...and making new ones.
Cookie Seatt likes to sing.

Cookie can sing y'all! Photo by Molly Casteel

Daphne Patterson

We met Daphne Patterson today. Photo by Molly Casteel.

Nancy Neal shows her intersectional pride.

Nancy Neal shows her intersectional pride. Photo by Molly Casteel.

Susan Nesti shows off the various items available at the COR booth.

Susan Nesti shows off the various items available at the COR booth. Photo by Molly Casteel.

Like at the General Assembly earlier this month,the temporary tattoos of the new COR logo are a big hit.  

Cecilia Casal and friends get their temporary tattoos from Susan Nesti.

Cecilia Casal and friends get their temporary tattoos from Susan Nesti. Photo by Molly Casteel.

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.

rulers in the basket on the table with fabric runner

Limited supplies of these rulers are still available in the exhibit hall at #PWCWG12. Photo by Molly Casteel.

Tags: churchwide gathering, gacor, presbyterian women

July 16, 2012

White Privilege.

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: 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.

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July 13, 2012

Leadership Transitions

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. 

Moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010 ...

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July 12, 2012

In Appreciation...

Statistics shared with the 220th General Assembly (2012) and appreciation for our colleague who presented them.

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July 6, 2012

The view from T-06

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 ...

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