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Divestment is an Investment in Love, Peace, and Justice

Introduction The Presbyterian Church (USA) has been engaged in a decade-long struggle to divest from companies that are profiting from the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. After an extensive corporate engagement process, the Committee

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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


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


Mission Coordination Committee [10], GA 223

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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 and the 1001 Worshiping Communities program.” (Source: Topics Addressed:


From “The Way Forward” to a Way Ahead: The Missing Prophetic Compromise

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Unbound Staff address the missing text from ACSWP’s Advice & Counsel Ironically, on possibly the hottest issue of the PCUSA General Assembly, where the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) has ventured a prophetic compromise, originally left out four key paragraphs. Because the Assembly is fast approaching, and the


Church Polity and Ordered Ministry Committee [06], GA 223

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The Church Polity and Ordered Ministry Committee of the General Assembly considers amendments to Foundations of Presbyterian Polity chapters 1 and 3, Form of Government chapters I–IV, VI, and the Rules of Discipline, with the Advisory Committee on the Constitution (ACC) providing interpretive advice. (The Foundations of Presbyterian Policy, Form


Comfort My People: Shining a Light at GA 223

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that mental illness affects one on five people.[1] That is true for people sitting in church pews every Sunday morning. However, mental illness has been something most churches do not understand and fail to address. Churches should be places of hope and

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