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The Justice Department’s recent decision to end the use of private prisons is welcome news to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which has argued against the use of these facilities for more than a dozen years. The department made the announcement after concluding private prisons were not as safe or effective as those run by the government.
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, the son, grandson and nephew of Presbyterian pastors, was overwhelmingly elected Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday. The action came from the 222nd General Assembly (2016) meeting June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon.
As the bus pulled away from the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday morning—headed across the Columbia River toward Vancouver, Washington—the church’s hospitality was already in high gear.
The Synod of Mid-America executive and stated clerk, Landon Whitsitt, has put his creative talents to work in a YouTube rap expounding on General Assembly culture.
The charge to the Social Justice Issues Committee is clear. It is to consider matters related to the concerns of the church in national affairs, national military matters and matters relating to righteousness and justice of persons/organizations.
Carlton Rhoden will explore value of community connections during June 21 dinner
Administrative committee to consider confirmation of presidents, directors, board
Middle East Issues Committee will consider divestment, two-state solution and child-detention
Immigration and Environmental Issues Committee will mull fossil fuel divestment
Competing overtures—one seeking Presbyterian divestment from fossil fuel companies, the other placing that action on hold—will headline the work of the Immigration and Environmental Issues Committee during the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The future of the 16 synods in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will once again be on the docket when the 222nd General Assembly (2016) meets June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon.