Office of the General Assembly

Top 10 things to do at #BigTent2019

Big Tent, to be held in Baltimore Aug. 1-3, is fast approaching. No Big Tent gathering is complete without a Top 10 list identifying can’t-miss opportunities for attendees:

Just one chance to get it right

Preaching on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount delivered to the disciples, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II told ecumenical leaders Saturday during closing worship that with no guarantee of tomorrow, “we have only this period in history to get it right, for we will not live forever.”

Inquiring minds want to know

How do you feel about the communications you receive from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)? Do you struggle to find what you’re looking for on pcusa.org? Do you share information you receive with friends and colleagues on social media? Do you get too many e-newsletters or maybe none at all?

Presbyterians address cash bail plight

At age 16, Kalief Browder found himself on New York’s Rikers Island, awaiting trial for a crime he says he didn’t commit. Returning from a party in the Bronx, Browder was accused of stealing a backpack holding a credit card, an iPod Touch, a camera and $700. At his arraignment, he was charged with second-degree robbery. Bail was set at $3,000. Browder didn’t have the ability to “bond out” — pay the fee. He would spend the next three years in jail before being released, with his charges dropped.

‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus’

The 114th New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC), regarded as the oldest annual mission conference in the U.S., will be held July 19-26 on the campus of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

Around the table, a variety of hearts and skill sets

Members of the Moving Forward Implementation Commission learned Monday why they’d been selected by the women who picked them for service — the co-moderators of the 223rd General Assembly, Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann.

Church expresses concern for human rights abuses in Gaza

In response to a commissioner’s resolution adopted at the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis (2018), a group of 10 Presbyterian Church (USA) representatives visited Israel-Palestine last week to express concerns for the human rights of the inhabitants of Gaza. The delegation was led by GA 223 co-moderator, Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri, and director of World Mission the Rev. José Luis Casal.