Presbyterians Invited to Participate in Washington Office Review

Washington Office Logo In 2008, Rev. Eileen Lindner, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastor,
presbytery executive and social research specialist, was engaged to
lead a study of the role and purpose of the Presbyterian Washington Office. Presbyterians are now invited to provide feedback and responses to the study.

The Washington Office of the PC(USA) is "a central and important instrument through which Presbyterians make witness to their faith of matters of public affairs," says Sara Lisherness, Director for Compassion, Peace and Justice ministries of the General Assembly Mission Council.

The study includes a provisional mission statement, eight principles to guide the work of the office in the future, and a request for input from Presbyterians. The mission study and feedback will be reported to the General Assembly Mission Council during the September 2009 meeting.

The effort that culminated in the initial report included analyzing previous research; assessing the work of ecumenical partners' Washington presence; scrutinizing all correspondence regarding the office received over the last several years; empaneling a distinguished group of Presbyterians for additional consultation; conferring with leading secular partners in public witness activities; and reviewing related literature.

Lindner stated, "The public voice and public witness of the PC(USA) is the business of all Presbyterians in keeping with our reformed theology. As we move closer to making decisions about the future of our public witness we will be strengthened in our discernment by the shared thoughts of a diversity of Presbyterians sharing their views."

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