Presbyterians and other interested parties will have a variety of ways to keep up to date on the latest news coming out of the General Assembly Communications Center of 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Assembly runs June 14-21 in Detroit. The Communications Center will be managed by Toya Richards Jackson, communications coordinator for the Office of the General Assembly, and Kathy Francis, senior director for communication for the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Along with other staff and volunteers, Presbyterian News Service (PNS) staffers Jerry Van Marter and Bethany Daily and communications intern Rachel Shussett will be writing for the General Assembly Daily News distributed at the Assembly and through electronic news channels. Those stories and more will be posted on the Assembly website.
All Assembly-related news will also be posted to the regular PNS website. For the week of the Assembly, subscribers to the PNS email news feed will receive two digests daily, at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Subscribe here.
Social media is also sure to be a popular way to stay informed. Follow along on Twitter by following @PresbyNews, the Presbyterian News Service’s account, and @Presbyterian, the official account for the PC(USA). Search for #GA221 and #PCUSA for more information.
Van Marter will record daily summaries of GA events and activities for VoiceLine, the telephone information service of the PC(USA). Daily summaries will be available each day beginning June 14 after 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. A complete wrap-up of the Assembly will be available after 1 p.m. June 21, shortly after the Assembly adjourns. To hear VoiceLine reports, call 1-800-7228, ext 2012, or 502-569-5000, ext. 2012.
PNS and the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) will again collaborate this year to produce Assembly in Brief, a 16-page bulletin insert-size summary of the Assembly in words and photographs. Assembly in Brief ― written by Van Marter and designed by Randy Hobson of the OGA ― will be available for download from the GA221 website no later than Wednesday, June 25.
To read up on the issues being considered by some of the 15 Assembly committees, check out the backgrounders produced by Presbyterian News Service:
- General Assembly Procedures
- Middle East Issues
- Mid Councils Issues
- Church Polity and Ordered Ministry
- Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
- Mission Coordination
- Social Justice Issues
- Civil Union and Marriage Issues
- Peacemaking and International Issues
- Board of Pensions, Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Presbyterian Foundation
- Theological Issues and Institutions and Christian Education
- Congregational Vitality
- Immigration and Environmental Issues