We give thanks to God for the completion of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Below is some information about the main issues of the Assembly. We wanted to get some early information out to you as soon as possible and will continue to share more as it becomes available. We especially give thanks to God for REC Lynn Brown, TEC Glenn Leupold and YAAD Samantha Brewer who attended the 222nd General Assembly as our elected commissioners.
We have new Co-Moderators! The Rev. Jan Edmiston (Chicago Presbytery) and the Rev. Denise Anderson (National Capital Presbytery) were elected on the first ballot as our first co-moderators. Read all about Jan and Denise here.
We have a new Stated Clerk! The Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson was elected on the first ballot as our next Stated Clerk. Read all about J Herbert here.
We have a new Confession! The Belhar Confession was adopted by the General Assembly. Read all about Belhar here, which includes a study guide on our newest confession for your congregation.
Eight new international Mission Co-Workers were installed and commissioned! Read about their ministries on our behalf here.
A Vision Team 2020 and and Administrative Commission were adopted to work on the configuration of the agencies of the church. You can read about these teams here.
Many decisions were made on the role and structure of mid-councils including our Synods. You can read about these decisions here.
New revisions have been made to the Directory for Worship. You can read about the changes here.
Many decisions were made around Middle East issues. You can read about these decisions here.
We voted to continue corporate engagement and phased divestment from Fossil Fuels. You can read about their decision here.
Many other decisions and events happened at the 222nd General Assembly. All of the daily GA Online “Newspapers” are catalogued at this link. Our commissioners made the front page photo one of the days!
Our new Co-Moderators, Stated Clerk and Interim Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency issued the following pastoral letter to the whole church today at the close of the Assembly. It can be accessed at this link.
Our new Stated Clerk offered us these words of comfort, challenge and vision at the Assembly with which we close:
Giving thanks to God for our connectional church,
Teaching Elder Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Transitional Presbyter
Ruling Elder H. Daniel Rogers, Stated Clerk
Moderator Jerry McKinney, Teaching Elder
Vice-Moderator Cara Moldeyaux, Ruling Elder
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