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Asian-American Presbyterians sound call for unity

Giving thanks for the past while looking ahead to a promising future was the theme of Tuesday’s National Asian Presbytery Council (NAPC) dinner at the 219th General Assembly (2010).

“I want to thank you, because many of us have grown up and been raised in this church by the NAPC,” said outgoing GA Moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow. “For many of us, the ministries we are engaged in would not be possible if not for the work of many of you.”


Posted at July 7, 2010 8:48 p.m. in asian-american , ga219

Thanks to PC(USA), local shelters will help keep folks warmer this winter

Underwear and socks: simple gifts, simple necessities. Presbyterian Women (PW) in the three hosting presbyteries (Twin Cities Area, Minnesota Valleys, and Northern Waters) collaborated to organize this year’s Gift Project for the 219th General Assembly (2010).


Posted at July 7, 2010 8:42 p.m. in ga219 , presbyterian women

New Maryville College president likes school’s commitment to faith and learning

Tom Bogart says he’s so new as president of Maryville College, he’s still wearing the price tag.

“When we say the ‘new president,’ there must be an anti-shoplifting tag on me or something,” Bogart joked.

Having assumed his position on July 1, Dr. William “Tom” Bogart, a former dean of academic affairs and professor of economics at York College of Pennsylvania, hit the ground running by traveling here to take part in the 219th General Assembly (2010).


Posted at July 7, 2010 8:41 p.m. in ga219

Christians experience unity through relationship rather than agreement, speaker says

The Moravian Church minister said she senses the world is “watching, waiting and yearning for a new vision of community.” This community, she explained, is not based on “sameness or agreement.” Instead, she said, the community being sought is “based on a transcendent relationship in the midst of our diversity.”


Posted at July 7, 2010 8:36 p.m. in ga219

Singing Miriam’s song, exploring ‘unknown wilderness’ ahead

Baptism is the “ultimate call and response” to God, preacher Taylor Lewis Guthrie told worshipers Tuesday at the 219th General Assembly’s worship service.


Posted at July 7, 2010 2:36 a.m. in ga219 , worship

COTE recommends approval of nominations of new seminary presidents

On Tuesday, the 219th General Assembly Committee on Theological Issues and Institutions dealt with overtures and recommendations ranging from proposed amendments to the Directory for Worship to approval of nominations of seminary presidents to revising the covenant relationship between the PC(UCA) and El Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico.


Posted at July 7, 2010 2:28 a.m. in ga219 , theology

Assembly Committee on Social Justice Issues completes full docket

On Tuesday, the Assembly Committee on Social Justice Issues: The Promotion of Social Righteousness unanimously approved “Explore the Intersection of Gender and Race,” a resolution to study the position of women of color in church and society.


Posted at July 7, 2010 2:19 a.m. in ga219 , social justice

Gun violence measure approved by Social Issues Committee

The Rev. Catherine Snyder has seen firsthand the pain and hurt felt by individuals and communities because of gun violence.


Posted at July 7, 2010 1:54 a.m. in ga219 , gun violence , social justice

Committee recommends study of new approaches to peacemaking, nonviolence

The Peace and International Issues Committee of the 219thGeneral Assembly (2010) recommended Tuesday that the PC(USA) engage in a study of “new approaches to active peacemaking and nonviolence.”


Posted at July 7, 2010 1:50 a.m. in ga219 , the peace and international issues committee

Commission sought to find way out of Puerto Rican church impasse

A commission to oversee the work of the Synod of Boriquen (Puerto Rico) and its three presbyteries is being recommended by the 219th General Assembly Committee on Middle Governing Body Issues.


Posted at July 7, 2010 1:42 a.m. in committee on middle governing body issues , ga219