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Mission Statement

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) serves the prophetic calling of the whole Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by providing the General Assembly with careful studies of pressing moral challenges, media for discussion and discernment of Christian responsibilities, and policy recommendations for faithful action.

What is the role of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy?

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy is responsible for the process of developing and recommending social witness policy to the General Assembly. The term “social witness policy” refers to the positions adopted by the General Assembly to express its stance on and guide response to issues in the public order, including their relation to the church’s own life and mission. These positions may take the form of policy statements, resolutions, study papers, or social involvement reports, as defined in the Manual of the General Assembly, Guidelines and Policies of the General Assembly, p. 55-58.

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Who sits on the ACSWP?

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) is a twelve-member committee, which represents a cross-section of members from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is elected by the General Assembly. Three members also serve on the General Assembly Mission Council. Current ACSWP members are:

darden-christineChristine M. Darden
Elder, Hampton, VA
Presbytery of Eastern Virginia, Synod of Mid-Atlantic.



jean_demmlerJean Demmler
Member, Denver, CO




linda_eastwoodLinda Eastwood




eggebeen-rachaelRachael Eggebeen
Member, Tucson, AZ
Presbytery of deCristo, Synod of The Southwest.



staff-mfowlerMarsha Fowler
Minister, professor, Altadena, CA
Presbytery of San Gabriel, Synod of So. California



johnson-kevin-richardKevin Richard Johnson
Minister, Detroit, MI
Presbytery of Detroit, Synod of the Covenant



mary_jorgensonMary C. Jorgenson





mount-ericEric Mount
Minister, professor, Danville, KY
Presbytery of Transylvania, Synod of Living Waters



poethig-kathrynKathryn Poethig
Member, professor, Watsonville, CA
Presbytery of New York City, Synod of the Northeast



roberts-raymondRaymond R. Roberts
Minister, Westfield, NJ
Presbytery of Elizabeth, Synod of the Northeast




noelle_royerNoelle Royer





steven_webbSteven Webb




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What is the relationship between the ACSWP and the Advocacy Committees?

To ensure advocacy and monitoring functions in the areas of Racial Ethnic Ministries and Women’s Ministries, the General Assembly Mission Council provides for the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns (ACREC) and the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (ACWC). These two advocacy committees work in close consultation and cooperation with the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP). All three groups have direct access to the General Assembly and the General Assembly Mission Council, and their work is coordinated through the General Assembly Mission Council by the Office of the Executive Director.

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Who are the liaisons to the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy?

Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns (to be determined)

Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (to be determined)

In addition, the following staff are liaisons to the ACWSP


vwg-sara-lishernessSara Lisherness
Compassion Peace and Justice



koenig-markMark Koenig
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations



nelson-jherbertJ. Herbert Nelson
Office of Public Witness, Washington, DC



vwg-catherine-gordonCatherine Gordon
Associate for International Issues
Office of Public Witness, Washington, DC



nora_lecceseNora Leccese
Interim Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Issues
Office of Public Witness, Washington, D.C.



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Office of the General Assembly

staff-vbVernon Broyles
Representative for Public Witness



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staff-ciossoChristian T. Iosso



ginna-carousel_small100Ginna Bairby
Managing Editor, Unbound, and Social Witness Associate



peggy-dahmerPeggy Dahmer
Administrative Assistant



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How do we relate ecumenically with partners?

In addition, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a Formula of Agreement relationship with three other denominations in the United States. They are:

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA): Chicago, Illinois.

Reformed Church of America (RCA): New York City, New York.

United Church of Christ (UCC): Cleveland, Ohio.

Information on the UCC resolutions going to the 2003 General Synod.

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Social witness policy is never developed in a vacuum without listening to the voices of and involving ecumenical partners. For your convenience, we link with their social witness policy web pages. Some of our traditional ecumenical partners include: