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Being in covenant community in the virtual community of social media

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:00
Social Media


SpiritOfGA

 

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The Church of Jesus Christ has always been an epistolatory community. We are a going and telling faith.The earliest church communicated through the written word – the media of their era – bringing the body of Christ together when they could not be together bodily. We lift up many of these epistles as scripture.

Social media brings immediacy to how and with whom we communicate Social media gives people a chance to share ideas and think aloud with many communitiessimultaneously. Attending or observing a General Assembly, we can instantly share our thoughts with others nearby and across the globe. We can post reflections, continue debates after the voting is over and point our friends to the thoughtful reflections of others by passing along links.

By virtue of our baptisms, our actions and words are not our own for we belong to each other. Our polity professes that we are bound by the Holy Spirit to Christ through our baptisms and that baptism also “unites the people of God with each other.” We live to make witness to that unity in the body of Christ Jesus and as a General Assembly work to the end that the whole church become “a community of faith, hope, love and witness.” (Book of Order G-3.05)

Social media can build up community or undermine community. Like any communication it can bring people together and enrich the dialogue among those participating. It is also important to be aware that what is written lacks the social nuances of words spoken in person and thoughts written in haste or even in jest have a life of their own in the internet.

In Councils like the General Assembly, we put our trust in the powerful discernment which occurs when women and men gather to speak and listen to each other in the Holy Spirit. Our councils are clearly defined in membership and in method. At a particular General Assembly we believe that the commissioners and advisory delegates who have gathered together are uniquely set aside for the decisions they will bring forth at that particular time.

The guiding principle for using social media at a General Assembly is to be attentive and in the present to the community gathered immediately around us and to the mysterious and wondrous movement of the Spirit of Christ in this place. Our baptisms call us to engage our hearts with each other in the moment during the business of a General Assembly.

  • Mobile telephone conversations will continue to be banned from the floor during plenary.
  • Through live video streaming people throughout the world will be watching the proceedings as they happen. The commissioners and advisory delegates with whom you serve trust that when you speak and vote you are reflecting your own heart and convictions as guided by the Spirit in this community.
  • Remember that anything you write can be copied and distributed. Please do not make a comment about the proceedings that you would not make in person to other commissioners and advisory delegates.
  • When sharing pictures, please be mindful of the Assembly’s policy on photography and the use of participants’ images.
  • Participants in the assembly should identify themselves in their username. As a courtesy, profile information or the username should represent who you are and your affiliation with the General Assembly.

Ayudas litúrgicas 27 de abril / Liturgical Helps April 27

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 08:19

Estas ayudas litúrgicas semanales están basadas en el Leccionario Común Revisado. Este recurso, en español e inglés, tiene como objetivo el brindar apoyo al ministerio de las iglesias cuyo servicio de adoración es en español o bilingüe, y provee sugerencias y enlaces en dónde buscar otros recursos para complementar la adoración de la iglesia.

Si le interesa saber cuando estos materiales están disponibles puede subscribirse al boletín electrónico de Recursos y relaciones aquí. Si desea obtener más información sobre recursos en español, puede ir a esta página.

These weekly liturgical helps are based on the Revised Common Lectionary. This resource, in Spanish and English, aims to support the ministry of churches whose worship service is in Spanish, or bilingual and provides suggestions aand links of where to get other resources to supplement the worship service of your church.

If you are interested in knowing when this materials are available, you can subscribe to the Resources and Relationships e-bulletin here. I you want to learn more about Spanish language resources, please visit our website.

Sample Pastor Letter for 2014 Pentecost Offering

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:41

Sample Pastor Letter for the 2014 Pentecost Offering

Worship Resources for the 2014 Pentecost Offering

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:35

Worship Resource for the 2014 Pentecost Offering

Disability Inclusion Sunday 2014

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:32

The Seasons of Life in the Family of Faith: Resources for Worship and Inclusion

June 22, 2014 is designated on the Presbyterian Planning Calendar as Disability Inclusion Sunday.  PHEWA’s Presbyterians for Disability Concerns (PDC) network has developed our annual resource packet to help in observing this day- on June 22nd or whenever works best in the life of your worshiping community. 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Common Agreement on Baptism

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:30

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of baptism with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Why is this common agreement needed?

  1. Will PCUSA pastors have to change how they celebrate baptism?
  2. In the Presbyterian Church (USA) we invite all baptized persons to share in the Lord’s Supper. Does this mean that we can take Holy Communion in one another’s churches?
  3. What does it mean that written attestations of Baptism, including the liturgical formula used must be provided and why is this important?
  4. When will this Common Agreement become effective?
  5. What can I do to help make this Agreement meaningful?

 

Connect to the Presbyterian Hunger Program

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:27

Do you want to be more connected to the work of the Hunger Program? From Cents-Ability to Eco-Palms, from trips to webinars this resource contains short descriptions of several ways that you can get involved today!  

 

NCPM Registration Form

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:16

National Council of Presbyterian Men, Inc. (NCPM) Registration Form. Rev. 2014.

PW Churchwide March 2014 meeting summary

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:39

Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Coordinating Team met in March 27–30, 2014 to continue plans and work for the 2012–2015 triennium. This summary includes highlights of work from the Mission Relationships, Antiracism, Communications Coordination, Leadership Enhancement and Justice and Peace Committees, as well as other news from the national level.

Joining Hands Land Grab Fact Sheet

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:20

Land grabbing threatens the poorest people and nations in the world, compromising food sovereignty and sustainable development. With 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty worldwide1, the race to buy up land in impoverished nations could lead to food shortages and increased hunger. In response, global movements are organizing to restore people’s sovereignty and protect traditional lands, livelihoods and cultures. Download this useful fact sheet to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Confession of Belhar

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:56

The 220th General Assembly (2012) voted to begin the process of amending The Book of Confessions to include the Confession of Belhar (English, Spanish, Korean). Moderator Neal Presa appointed the Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar to study the confession and to provide education about the Confession of Belhar throughout the church. 

Download this 14" x 8.5" brochure of Frequently Asked Questions or view it in your browser.

 

Ayudas litúrgicas 20 de abril / Liturgical Helps April 20

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:05

Estas ayudas litúrgicas semanales están basadas en el Leccionario Común Revisado. Este recurso, en español e inglés, tiene como objetivo el brindar apoyo al ministerio de las iglesias cuyo servicio de adoración es en español o bilingüe, y provee sugerencias y enlaces en dónde buscar otros recursos para complementar la adoración de la iglesia.

Si le interesa saber cuando estos materiales están disponibles puede subscribirse al boletín electrónico de Recursos y relaciones aquí. Si desea obtener más información sobre recursos en español, puede ir a esta página.

These weekly liturgical helps are based on the Revised Common Lectionary. This resource, in Spanish and English, aims to support the ministry of churches whose worship service is in Spanish, or bilingual and provides suggestions aand links of where to get other resources to supplement the worship service of your church.

If you are interested in knowing when this materials are available, you can subscribe to the Resources and Relationships e-bulletin here. I you want to learn more about Spanish language resources, please visit our website.

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