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Mission Coordination Committee [10], GA 223

The Mission Coordination Committee of the General Assembly considers: “Mission programs authorized by General Assembly; PC(USA) vision and mission goals; Organization for Mission and General Assembly Mission Council Manual of Operations; mission budget; audits; churchwide compensation; initiatives on church growth

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Changing Church Polity: A Family Friendly Shift

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Committee 06 at GA 223 At the 223rd General Assembly, Committee 6 handled issues of Church Polity and Ordered Ministry. It saw quite a bit of business, but there were three main issues before the committee: providing family and parental leave, responding to to abuse by church leaders, and considering


From All of the Places We’ve Been

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Attending GA With Clouds of Witness and Hopes of Transfiguration Rev. Johnson delivered the original version of this speech live at the Compassion, Peace and Justice dinner of the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018. I sat in my kitchen with a breakfast sandwich and


Thou Shalt Not Kill

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Loving Even My Dad’s Killer A version of this text was originally delivered as testimony before the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis, MO, in support of overture 11-02. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve as the Young Adult


Middle East Issues [12], GA 223

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Below are descriptions of each piece of business, divided into categories by topic. Each item number links to the full text of the resolution on, along with all official comments that have been submitted. Abbreviations Used: ACREC—Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns ACSWP—Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy ACWC—Advocacy Committee


Social Justice Issues [11], GA 223

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The Social Justice Issues Committee considers matters related to: concerns of the church in national affairs, righteousness and justice of persons/organizations, global evangelism and education, the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns, and the self-review report of ACSWP. (Source: Below are descriptions of each piece of business, divided into categories


What the General Assembly may say about St. Louis

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Five St Louis congregations continue the dialogue of “The Gospel from Detroit” This article was originally published by Presbyterian News Service on June 12, 2018. The city of St. Louis is the historic centerpiece of a highly accomplished cultural and economic region. At the same time, like most of the