GA222: Daily recap for Thursday, June 23

The Way Forward. In an effort to find a way forward for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the General Assembly voted to create two entities — a 2020 Vision Team to develop a “guiding statement” for the PC(USA), and a Way Forward administrative commission to determine the structure and function of General Assembly agencies.

Steve Aeschbacher, moderator of The Way Forward committee, presents the committee's recommendations to the General Assembly June 23.

Apology/ regret. The assembly voted 463-51 for a conciliatory statement of regret, rather than an outright apology, for its past treatment of members of the LGBTQ/Q community. TI0A5485 r

Mid Councils. Assembly votes for synods to stay the same.

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Mission coordination. The assembly passed overtures addressing the needs of women and African-American males.


Mission co-worker commissioning. Eight new mission workers and one long-term volunteer were commissioned.

Laying on of hands of mission co-workers being commissioned being led in prayer by Hunter Farrell

Dependent care reimbursement policy. Two blogs (one from Greg Bolt; one from Jacob Bolton) reflect on the new policy at this GA.

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YAADs. Blogger Leon Bloder says they are the “church of now.”

Some of our committee YAADs: Maria DiChiara (left, blue sweatshirt); Davis Crocker (center, pink shirt), Miguel Rosa Morales (right, beige t-shirt)

Portland homeless. In addition to all the business of the assembly, many Presbyterians have made it a point to interact with the marginalized in Portland. Here are a couple of examples that highlight presence and ministry with the houseless living around the Oregon Convention Center.

Ryan Althaus early at GA with Susie Carter Wiggins, before he had gone four days without a shower (Photo credit: Susie Carter Wiggins)