SAN JOSE, June 23, 2008 ˜ After nearly seven hours of conversation, occasional confusion and spirited debate, a sharply divided Committee on Theological Issues and Institutions approved Overture 13-06 from Newark Presbytery, voting by a margin of 33 to 26 (with two abstentions) to ask the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to make five changes to the 1962 translation of the Heidelberg Catechism which since 1967 has been used in The Book of Confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
On this 25th anniversary of the reunion of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (northern stream) and the Presbyterian Church in the United States (southern stream), people who were there look back.
SAN JOSE — With a whirlwind of gospel energy sweeping the room, attendees at the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association [www.pcusa.org/phewa] (PHEWA) Awards and Music Celebration recognized outstanding ministries of justice and danced to musicians at the General Assembly launch of the Winds of Hope, Winds of Healing Project.
Members of the Committee on Peacemaking and International Issues spent the afternoon Monday (June 23) considering six overtures regarding the Iraq War. The overtures coming before the committee ranged from the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, assistance for Iraqi refugees, war profiteering, and building peace in Iraq.
SAN JOSE — The Committee on Review of General Assembly Permanent Committees and Commissions will take action today (June 24) on recommendations to change the ordination examination process for Ministers of the Word and Sacrament made by the Presbyteries‚ Cooperative Committee on Examination for Candidates (PCCEC).
There is a lot of talk in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) about declining membership and the need to reach out to youth as the future of the church — it just doesn’t usually come from the youth themselves.
SAN JOSE -- Folk-singer, songwriter David LaMotte does not apologize for being an idealist. An award-winning musician with a Presbyterian pedigree as long as his hair, LaMotte told more than 900 at the General Assembly Breakfast that he had titled his presentation “World-changing 101.”
SAN JOSE -- “It’s easier to be committed to unity at the expense of inclusion or be committed to inclusion at the expense of unity,” said John Buchanan to more than 200 attendees at the Covenant Network luncheon today (June 23) at the meeting of the 218th General Assembly.