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GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 12 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 14:48

PEACEMAKING AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES COMMITTEE EXPLORES RECONCILIATION, CONNECTIONS

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Bob Sloan

Portland

The denomination’s role in helping build a bridge of reconciliation between the United States and South Korea regarding the Korean War tragedy in the village of No Gun Ri is the subject of one of seven overtures to be discussed by the Peacemaking and International Issues Committee during the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 222nd General Assembly, which takes place June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon.

The Peacemaking and International Issues Committee will also hear an overture regarding the strengthening of Cuban- American relations, particularly in the faith community.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 3 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 14:37

GA PROCEDURES COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER CHANGES IN THE ELECTION OF THE MODERATOR

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Erin S. Cox-Holmes

Portland

Whether the time has come to change the timing of the election the Moderator of  the General Assembly will be on the agenda of the Committee on General Assembly Procedures at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting June 18-25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

The Presbytery of St. Andrews is proposing moving the election of the General Assembly Moderator and Vice- Moderator (or Co-Moderators) to the end of the meeting, rather than the beginning. Their rationale is that this would permit the Assembly to elect those who have demonstrated leadership throughout the week, rather than electing on the basis of campaign speeches and a brief question and answer period as the Assembly kicks off. The General Assembly would then send the newly elected Moderators to “serve as its ambassadors for the next two years, working to build the next assembly’s agenda and business, over which they would then preside.”

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 10 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 13:52

MISSION COORDINATION COMMITTEE DISCUSSES MISSION PROGRAMS, POLICIES

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Gregg Brekke

Portland

More than a dozen items will be debated by the Mission Coordination committee for referral to the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting June 18-25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

The committee receives overtures and reports on matters related to mission programs authorized by the General Assembly, PC(USA) vision and mission goals, Organization for Mission and Presbyterian Mission Agency Manual of Operations, mission budget, audits, churchwide compensation, initiatives on church growth and the 1001 Worshiping Communities program.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 5 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 13:13

COMMITTEE ON MID COUNCILS CONSIDERS EIGHT OVERTURES

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Eva Stimson

Portland

The future of the 16 synods in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will once again be on the docket when the 222nd General Assembly (2016) meets June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon.

The 221st General Assembly (2014) directed synods and presbyteries to collaborate on establishing a new configuration of synod boundaries that would reduce the number of synods from 16 to between 10 and 12. This year’s Assembly Committee on Mid Councils will consider responses from synods and presbyteries to the 2014 action.

REV. SUN BAI KIM HONORED FOR LONG MINISTRY NURTURING KOREAN PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATIONS

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 12:46

June 18, 2016

—Danny Bolin

General Assembly News

Eva Stimson

Portland

A Korean Presbyterian leader whose ministry spans nearly half a century was honored at a retirement party Friday evening by Presbyterians gathering in Portland for the 222nd General Assembly (2016).

Rev. Sun Bai Kim, associate for Korean ministries in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, is retiring after nearly 40 years of service—first as a pastor and then as a national staff member—with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). During his tenure on the national staff, the number of Korean Presbyterian congregations in the denomination doubled, from about 200 to more than 400. Kim also served as executive director and moderator of the National Council of Korean Presbyterian Churches.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 11 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 11:56

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO CONFRONT WIDE RANGE OF RECOMMENDATIONS, INCLUDING CHANGES TO THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL WITNESS POLICY PROPOSALS

June 18, 2016

—Danny Bolin

General Assembly News

Erin S. Cox-Holmes

Portland

The charge to the Social Justice Issues Committee is clear. It is to consider matters related to the concerns of the church in national affairs, national military matters and matters relating to righteousness and justice of persons/organizations.

How to accomplish this tall order is far more murky. When Committee 11 begins their work at the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting June 18-25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon, they will be facing a marathon agenda of 26 overtures on social justice matters, plus summaries and self-study reports from GA committees and agencies.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 14 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 11:01

THEOLOGICAL ISSUES AND INSTITUTIONS COMMITTEE TO GRAPPLE WITH NEW DIRECTORY FOR WORSHIP

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Jerry Van Marter

Portland

Twelve years in the making, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) is poised this June to adopt a new Directory for Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

First, the document (item 14-04) will be thoroughly reviewed by the Assembly Committee on Theological Issues and Institutions before it goes to the full Assembly for adoption and then on to the church’s 172 presbyteries for ratification in the coming year.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 13 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 10:49

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER CONFIRMATION OF PRESIDENTS, DIRECTORS, BOARD

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Bob Sloan

Portland

Confirming the election and reelection of the presidents of the denomination’s loan program and publishing company are among the numerous items to be decided by Assembly Committee 13 during the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 222nd General Assembly, June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon.

The standing administrative committee for The Board of Pensions (BOP), Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program(PILP), Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) and the Presbyterian Foundation, will be called upon to confirm the election of James G. Rissler as president of the PILP to a four-year term. It will also be asked to confirm the reelection of Marc Lewis to a third, four-year term as president and publisher of PPC.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 7 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 10:26

ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH RELATIONS COMMITTEE TO PROPOSE CONFESSION OF BELHAR ADOPTION

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Gregg Brekke

Portland

Among the business being considered by the Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations at the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting June 18-25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon, is the final adoption of the Confession of Belhar.

Proposed by National Capital Presbytery to the 220th General Assembly (2012), an overture for Belhar’s inclusion in The Book of Confessions was affirmed by the required two-thirds, or 116, of presbyteries following the 221st General Assembly (2014)— 144 affirmative, 25 negative and 2 no action. The committee is expected to recommend the General Assembly “approve[s] and enact[s] the Confession of Belhar, to be included in The Book of Confessions, starting with the 2016 printing.”

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 8 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 08:09

MIDDLE EAST ISSUES COMMITTEE CONSIDERS DIVESTMENT, TWO-STATE SOLUTION, CHILD-DETENTION

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Eva Stimson

Portland

Thorny issues involved in the pursuit of peace in the Middle East will be among the topics under consideration when the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon.

The General Assembly Committee on Middle East Issues will review progress on the denomination’s divestment from three companies engaged in “non-peaceful pursuits” in Israel/ Palestine. Prompted by several presbytery overtures and a recommendation from the PC(USA)’s Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI), the 221st General Assembly (2014) voted to divest from Caterpillar, HewlettPackard and Motorola Solutions after a decade of unsuccessful attempts at corporate engagement with the companies.

YOUNG ADULT ADVISORY DELEGATES PREPARE FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 05:42

DAY-LONG ORIENTATION BUILDS COMMUNITY, TRAINS YAADS FOR WORK AHEAD

June 18, 2016

—Danny Bolin

General Assembly News

Gregg Brekke

Portland

The 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) may not get started until today, but more than 140 Young Adult Advisory Delegates met Friday for a day of worship, reflection, inspiration, training and community building.

Coming from every presbytery in the PC(USA), YAADs prepared for their work in Portland over the next week, during which they have full voice and vote during committee deliberations, and voice during plenary sessions.

YAADs, who must be between 17 and 23 when the assembly convenes, “bring a unique perspective to the process and realize they have a lot of listening to do,” advisor Rebecca Chancellor said. “They want to learn and, in those moments when it feels right, to share their perspective and voice. They also realize they have a stake in the future in a way that a lot of the current commissioners don’t.”

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 9 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 05:08

IMMIGRATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES COMMITTEE WILL MULL FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Mike Ferguson

Portland

Competing overtures—one seeking Presbyterian divestment from fossil fuel companies, the other placing that action on hold— will headline the work of the Immigration and Environmental Issues Committee during the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The General Assembly runs June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE 4 PREVIEW

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 04:25

THE WAY FORWARD COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER OGA-PMA MERGER, GA CHANGES

June 18, 2016

General Assembly News

Jerry Van Marter

Portland

After a two-year period of denominational soul-searching, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is poised this June to consider dramatic changes to the ways the 1.66 million-member church conducts its ecclesial and mission work.

General Assembly News goes electronic

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 09:00

June 17, 2016

News Release

Portland

All the news fit to print on the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be available electronically as a newspaper this year for the very first time.

General Assembly News, the official assembly newspaper, will be online, making news accessible to readers both on site at the biennial meeting taking place in Portland, Oregon, and across the country and world.

Con respecto a los(as) ancianos(as) gobernantes: los(as) ancianos(as) gobernantes y el ingreso per cápita

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 13:18

June 15, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

Si contar la trinidad, por supuesto, la cosa más importante que une a las personas presbiterianas es el ingreso per cápita; ese recurso universal de fondos que se obtiene de toda la iglesia para sostener a toda la iglesia.  

Es el pegamento que nos une, que permite que las personas presbiterianas se conecten la una con la otra y nos gobernemos para el bienestar del cuerpo. Y no hay mejor ejemplo del trabajo per cápita que en esta temporada de la 222a Asamblea General (2016) de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.), que se llevará a cabo desde el 18 hasta el 25 de junio en Portland, Oregón.

New Book Argues for Accepting Your LGBTQ Child and Keeping Your Faith

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 04:00

June 15, 2016

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, KY

At a time when several major Christian denominations are divided over LGBTQ inclusion, Susan Cottrell’s new book helps parents navigate the next steps after their child has come out. Offering advice and encouragement, Mom, I’m Gay,” Revised and Expanded Edition: Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith(Westminster John Knox Press)helps parents respond with love and kindness, rather than trying to change their child.

PC(USA) leaders mourn victims of Orlando nightclub tragedy, recommit to advocating for a just society

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 08:59

June 14, 2016

Louisville

We join our heavy hearts with the great multitude of those who mourn the killing and maiming of so many of our brothers and sisters at the Pulse club in Orlando, Florida.

As people of the Reformed tradition, we are not naïve about the reality of evil in the world in which we live, or the capacity within us all to choose evil over good. Nor can we doubt the profound capacity to accomplish such evil deeds in a society overrun with weapons designed to kill. Even so, it is shocking when that evil is manifest in such a horrendous way. 

사역 장로에 관하여: 사역 장로와 상회비

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 07:00

June 14, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

삼위 일체를 제외하고, 장로교인들을 서로에게 연결시켜 주는 가장 중요한 것이 상회비이다. 이것은 전체 교회를 지원하기 위해 전체 교회가 부담하는 보편적 자금 출처이다.

상회비는 우리를 하나되게 하는 접착제이며, 장로교인들을 서로 연결시켜 주고 그들이 전체 교회의 유익을 위해 처신하게 해주는 것이다. 상회비가 어떻게 사용되는가에 대한 가장 좋은 실례는 아마도 6월 18-25일에 오레곤 주 포틀랜드에서 열리는 제 222차 미국 장로교 총회일 것이다.

Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and per capita

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 07:00

June 14, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

<한국의> Not counting the Trinity, of course, the most important thing that binds Presbyterians is per capita, that universal funding source drawn from the whole church in order to support the whole church.

It is the glue that unites us, allowing Presbyterians to connect with one another and govern ourselves for the good of the body. And in this current season there is perhaps no better example of per capita at work than the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), taking place June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon.

Prayer after the Nightclub Shooting in Orlando

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 10:00

June 12, 2016

Presbyterian Mission Agency

the Rev. Laurie Ann Kraus

Associate Mission Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Once again, Holy One, we cry, how long, O Lord? 

We wonder, when will it be enough?
We pray you will forgive our society which tolerates violence,
Our fearful xenophobia, and our willingness to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to words and deeds of intolerance.
Your LGBTQ people slaughtered in this horrific attack are our brothers, our sisters, our parents and our children, and this loss of life diminishes all the human family.

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