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Belhar Confession passes first hurdle on journey to The Book of Confessions

Minister commissioner Wanda Lawry Hughes of Long Island Presbytery stood patiently at her microphone during Wednesday’s plenary session of the 219th General Assembly (2010). She was waiting to be recognized to speak following the presentation of the Belhar Confession overture by the Committee on Theological Issues and Institutions.

Recovering from a bout of laryngitis, Lawry Hughes reminded commissioners and delegates of the countless peoples over the centuries who have lost their voices due to racism and oppression, including the Native American members of her own family.


Posted at July 7, 2010 11:55 p.m. in belhar , ga219

Young singers bring Jesus’ love to Hell’s Kitchen

Nichola Miller, lead singer of the jazz trio playing at Hell’s Kitchen restaurant Tuesday night, has a new song in her repertoire, thanks to sisters Hannah and Julia Glasgow of Junction City, Kan.

Mustering their courage — and helped forward by the Rev. Nancy Kahaian, interim executive of the Synod of Mid-America — the girls asked Miller if she knew “Jesus Loves Me.” Miller didn’t, and neither did her bass player or keyboardist. The girls sang her a line, and the singer hummed it for her keyboardist, who jazzed it up and played the sisters in.


Posted at July 7, 2010 11:26 p.m. in ga219

Atlanta youth group participants are upbeat about GA experience

The youth group from Atlanta’s Central Presbyterian Church has found a second home at the 219th General Assembly (2010) here.


Posted at July 7, 2010 11:20 p.m. in cola , ga219 , youth

The practice of patience and self-restraint: the church and social media

In the middle of all the weighty business of the General Assembly, a group of those interested in the web of issues related to being the church in the digital age gathered with Jann Cather Weaver, associate professor of worship and theology and the arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.


Posted at July 7, 2010 11:14 p.m. in ga219 , social media

Screenshots show Stated Clerk’s silent sentry

According to John Calvin, we each have our own calling assigned to us “as a sort of sentry post, so that [we] might not wander heedlessly through life” (Institutes, III. 10.09).

Who knew that John Calvin himself would turn out to be Gradye Parsons’ own personal sentry?


Posted at July 7, 2010 11:10 p.m. in calvin , ga219

Getting face time with job candidates is valuable opportunity for those with positions to fill

Sheryl Taylor is a woman on a mission.

As Grace Presbytery’s director of vocations, she is charged with the responsibility for the Irving, Texas-based presbytery’s Committee on Ministry (COM) and Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM). Taylor arrived here with the ambitious goal of helping fill nine of the presbytery’s dozen or so vacant positions.


Posted at July 7, 2010 11:03 p.m. in ga219

Assembly mourns two longtime leaders

Two longtime Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have died in the days surrounding the 219th General Assembly here.

Kyoji Buma, a native of Kyoto, Japan, who served in the PC(USA)’s world mission and ecumenical relations departments for more than 40 years, died in late June in Closter, N.J.


Posted at July 7, 2010 10:57 p.m. in ga219

Navigating the sea of change

Maybe infants can model healthy change for the PC(USA).


Posted at July 7, 2010 10:21 p.m.

Former Moderator challenges audience to commit to faith community for the long haul

Elder Rick Ufford-Chase, Moderator of the 214th General Assembly (2004), said care for the earth is no longer an issue on the fringe, but is now “legitimately the beginning of a movement.”

The signs are that the fringe “has moved to the center,” he said. “God’s spirit is at work and the wave is beginning to crest.”


Posted at July 7, 2010 9:18 p.m. in ga219

Breakfast bytes: PCs and the PC(USA)

Donald Griggs made a self-deprecating confession as prelude to his presentation, “Biblical Literacy in a Digital Age,” during the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation breakfast at the 219th General Assembly (2010).


Posted at July 7, 2010 9:04 p.m. in ga219 , presbyterian publishing corporation