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GA NEWS: Pastor advocates a “speedboat” ministry

SAN JOSE, June 23, 2008 ˜ Because they are able to adapt and change quickly, small churches are frequently better able to respond to community needs, an innovative small church pastor told 100 people attending the Small Church Luncheon at the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) here June 23.

GA NEWS: Health Issues Committee considers abortion policies

SAN JOSE — The General Assembly Committee on Health Issues, on their first full day of meeting (June 23), considered an overture to recommend the development of a comprehensive HIV and AIDS policy for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that reflects the ways the disease disproportionately affects Latino and African-American segments of the United States population, and the magnitude of global pandemic.

GA NEWS: Committee approves changes to 1962 Heidelberg translation

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.).

GA NEWS: Marj remembers dramatic vote contest

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.

GA News: “Winds of Hope, Winds of Healing” sweeps PHEWA Awards

SAN JOSE — With a whirlwind of gospel energy sweeping the room, attendees at the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association [] (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.