Sunday at General Assembly
Worship this morning was spread among the churches of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, our hosts for this Assembly.
This evening the commissioners and advisory delegates move into their respective committees where they will consider the business assigned. While Committee meetings are normally open to anyone for observation, traditionally Sunday evening meetings are closed so the group can get to know one another. To get an idea of what Ruth, Lorraine, and Emma will be doing –
Teaching Elder Commissioner Ruth Boling, is assigned to Committee #9 – Peacemaking, Immigration and International Issues. One of their Overtures to consider, from the Presbytery of New Hope (NC), calls upon the PCUSA, in part, to: 1. …in faithfulness to the God of justice, mercy, and compassion—to take actions in defense of God’s creation and our own security, which is inextricably bound to the security of the rest of the world, to take all actions such as might be effective in requiring full U.S. compliance with the obligation to achieve nuclear disarmament under the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 2. Renounce the false god of nuclear security with its promise of catastrophic consequences. 3. Renounce any policy that threatens the death of millions of God’s children in any land with a single command and a single warhead. 4. Join in ecumenical discussion at the highest level to develop a collaborative strategy with Christian and other faith communities to effect the total elimination of nuclear weapons from the earth.
Ruling Elder Commissioner Lorraine Cuffie is assigned to Committee #13 – BOP (Board of Pensions), PILP (Presbyterian Investment and Loan), PPC (Presbyterian Publishing Corporation), and Foundation. One of their Overtures, which has some effect on the Presbytery of Newark since we are within the geographic scope of the Jarvie Foundation, calls for the PCUSA, in part, to: 1. Assess the current placement, management, and location of the Jarvie Commonweal Endowment Fund (now valued at $90 million). 2. Assess the current placement of responsibility for supervising the provision of services to the recipients of the prescribed generous Jarvie Service assistance. 3. Assess the current PC(USA) Presbyterian Mission Agency and Foundation organizational responsibilities for both the services and the endowment of the Jarvie Fund.
YAAD Emma Gritsch is assigned to Committee #7 – Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. One of their to consider, from the Presbytery of Carlisle (PA), calls for the PCUSA, in part, to: 1. Affirm and embrace the religiously diverse nature of the United States of America and the call of the Christian faith to love all of our neighbors—including those of other faiths—as we love ourselves; and 2. Condemn all religiously inspired and motivated violence, prejudice, discrimination, and hate speech, in particular, those actions based upon anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim behaviors and language.
As always, keep not only Ruth, Lorraine and Emma in your prayers, but also all commissioners and advisory delegates who are faithfully serving their presbyteries and this denomination this week!