GA222: Sunday, June 19 daily recap

Co-moderator candidates. As T. Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, the new co-moderators of the 2016 General Assembly, look ahead to the next two years, the answers they and the other candidates gave on election night say much about the challenges ahead for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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Stated clerk. With the election slated for the morning of June 24, two names have officially been placed into nomination to be the new stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – the official nominee, J. Herbert Nelson, director of the PC(USA)’s Office of Public Witness, and that of challenger David M. Baker, stated clerk of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay and its director of communications.

J. Herbert Nelson reacts as Carol McDonald places his name for nomination as stated clerk.

The Way Forward. The General Assembly’s The Way Forward committee began considering June 19 whether the time is right to initiate strategic discussions about possible structural changes for the PC(USA).

Eliana Maxim (center) and Eric Beene (right) with the Committee to Review the Presbyterian Mission Agency in conversation with a member of the General Assembly's The Way Forward committee.

Philip Jenkins. Historian and sociologist Philip Jenkins spoke to mid council leaders at a breakfast sponsored by the Presbyterian Foundation where he stressed the growth and vitality of Christianity in the global south.

Philip Jenkins addresses the Presbyterian Foundation breakfast.
Philip Jenkins addresses the Presbyterian Foundation breakfast.

Sunday morning worship. Over 40 General Assembly participants arrived by bus at Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church, and were welcomed for worship and a generous fellowship gathering.


Middle East. Calls to weaken the church’s commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to impose new sanctions on Israel could spark a new struggle on the Middle East Issues Committee.

Marita Mayer, left, of Redwoods Presbytery and Dick Rowe of Santa Fe Presbytery will argue for adoption of an overture that targets the RE/MAX real estate company for dealing in properties in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Climate changeHere is a preview of environmental issues overtures that the Immigration and Environmental Issues Committee will be considering.

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Fossil fuel divestment. An overture regarding divestment from fossil fuels received a high-profile letter of support from nine former moderators, some of whom shared their perspectives at a press conference today.

Bruce Reyes-Chow and Susan Andrews speak at the press conference.