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Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and personnel matters

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:28

July 15, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Elaine Barnett


<한국의> When considering the need for a personnel committee, the session should reflect upon the size of the congregation, the session, and the staff. While no longer specified within the Book of Order, it is fitting to remember the guidance from a former version of our Constitution, that said “The session ... has the responsibility ... to provide for the administration of the program of the church, including employment of nonordained staff, with concern for equal employment opportunity, fair employment practices, personnel policies, and the annual review of the adequacy of compensation for all staff, including all employees” (G-10.0102n, 2009/2011 edition).

PC(USA) leadership responds to Dallas shootings, encourages people to “care for someone today”

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:42

July 8, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston

Co-Moderators of the General Assembly


Today we are in mourning. As we were still reeling from the distressing news out of Baton Rouge and the Twin Cities area, we watched helplessly as horror unfolded in Dallas. Five police officers now lay dead and a city is yet collecting answers.

Just as we’ve condemned the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we and Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson II fervently condemn the senseless violence that has stolen the lives of five children of God and wounded at least six others. Additionally, these acts of violence have obfuscated the intent of the peaceful protesters who were being protected by the police. We seek answers, and we have very few at this time. We are simply left with the terror we all feel right now.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk speaks out on police killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 18:34

July 7, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

J. Herbert Nelson II

Stated Clerk


Once again the nation, and the African American community, in particular, is faced with two more high-profile killings of African American males. Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile of the Twin Cities area of Minnesota are the latest among a long list of publicized and unjustified killings by law enforcement officers in the United States. The questionable nature of African American males and females dying at the hands of police in our streets and in police custody is so pervasive in the United States that the U.S. Justice Department is leading the investigation in the Sterling case and has been asked to investigate the Castile case.


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