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Share your love of Jesus, not your love of the iPad, speaker urges

Why is it that we can tell others how an iPad has changed our life, but we can’t explain how Jesus is changing our lives for all eternity?”


Posted at July 8, 2010 10:40 p.m. in evangelism , ga219

Assembly okays middle governing body commission

The 219th General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to create a 21-member middle governing body commission with authority to act on the Assembly’s behalf in responding to realignment requests from synods and presbyteries. The vote was 566-104.

The commission, with authority to “act as the General Assembly,” is needed, said Cliff Lyda of Chicago Presbytery, moderator of the Assembly Committee on Middle Governing Body Issues, “because of rapid cultural shifts … that have created the need to make our structures more functional.”


Posted at July 8, 2010 10:40 p.m. in ga219 , presbyteries , synods

Barbara Wheeler receives award for theological education from COTE


Posted at July 8, 2010 10:29 p.m. in cote , ga219 , seminaries

GA narrowly approves overture to amend ‘fidelity, chastity clause’ in ordination standards

With a 50-vote margin (373-323-4), the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved an overture from the Presbytery of the Western Reserve that would amend the so-called “fidelity and chastity clause” of the Book of Order (G-6.0106b).

The amendment will now go back to presbyteries, where a majority of the 173 presbyteries must approve it for the change to make it into the Book of Order.


Posted at July 8, 2010 10:21 p.m. in ga219 , ordination

Looking back at Indians’ history with church helps build toward multiculturalism

As participants arrived for the annual Native American Consulting Committee (NACC) dinner, the Rev. Irvin R. Porter, moderator of the Church of the Indians Fellowship in Tacoma, Wash., lit a sage branch and quietly smudged the room in preparation for the gathering. Among those in attendance were members of the Alabama-Coushatta, Maricopa, Tlinket, Hopi, Choctaw, Navaho, Delaware, Pima, T’hono O’odham, Nez Perce, Pueblo, Yupik and Cherokee tribes as well as many non-Indian guests.


Posted at July 8, 2010 5:45 p.m. in ga219 , indian , multicultural , native american

Kim calls on church to be ‘mutually submissive’

The Rev. Jin Kim got a warm welcome Wednesday night when he spoke at the Multicultural Church Celebration at the 219th General Assembly (2010).


Posted at July 8, 2010 3:44 p.m. in ga219 , multicultural church celebration

Spreading the “Good News” in a broken world

The Rev. Ray Jones took images that we have become all too familiar with in recent months and used them Tuesday to teach the importance of evangelism.


Posted at July 8, 2010 2:09 a.m. in evangelism , ga219

Synod of the Covenant hears update on mission

A lighthearted and collegial atmosphere prevailed at the Synod of the Covenant luncheon Tuesday.


Posted at July 8, 2010 2:03 a.m. in ga219 , mission

Mission honorees’ work tallies 222 years of service, spanned the globe

Eight mission personnel with combined service totaling 222 years and two very recent gifts totaling $650,000 were honored Wednesday by PC(USA) World Mission Office leaders and guests at the mission personnel reception.


Posted at July 8, 2010 1:56 a.m. in ga219 , world mission

Soldier found peace and ‘liberation’ after refusing to return to war in Iraq

Camilo Mejia, the nation’s first soldier to publicly refuse to return to the war in Iraq, told the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) breakfast Wednesday his desertion and the  incarceration that followed “gave me a deep sense of liberation and made me feel I was in charge of my life for the first time. I was a human being before I was a soldier.”


Posted at July 8, 2010 1:52 a.m. in conscientious objector , ga219