The evening session of GA is still convened as I write this, but none of the "hot" issues appear to be on tonight's docket, so here is my survey of reports from our Presbybloggers both attending GA and observing and writing from their home base.
Beau Weston highlights a change made in recommendation #5 of the PUP report that seems to strengthen it and concludes that several actions of this GA show its centrist character. Andy Moye has more details about this amendment and the instruction that will go with it to the floor of GA tomorrow morning. Andy and Beau are giving more information than I found on the PCUSA website, so read their reports. Tom Gray shares the doings at the Presbyterian Coalition dinner last night.
The Trinity Paper:
Russell Smith explains why he voted against the Trinity Paper from the Committee on Theology and Worship. Tracy Johnson files a detailed report of this morning's plenary, concentrating on issues surrounding the Trinity Paper. He notes a change in the translation of the phrase "ecclesia reformata semper reformanda" from " The church reformed and always reforming" to "The church reformed and always to be reformed." Will this be significant?
Sexuality Curriculum: Who Knew?
Sometimes the guy at home has the time to noodle out committee actions that aren't being widely reported, but are important. Denis Hancock reports on the Shenango Presbytery Overture on Sexuality Curriculum that passed the GA plenary session this morning. I didn't know that was on the radar screen of GA at all, did you? Good catch, Denis!
Will Spotts provides this link to a story on the PCUSA and divestment published on the blog Powerline as well as a comprehensive analysis and account of all the divestment proceedings. You won't find a better report on this subject than the one Will wrote here.Those of us who advocated overtures seeking to overturn the 2004 GA policy will be generally pleased with the committee's recomendations. The issue is currently set on Wednesday afternoon's agenda.
Jim Berkley is following the Open Meetings controversy.Pastor Terry posted a moving and detailed account of his experiences in worship, prayer and committee meetings yesterday. Andy Moye is disturbed by some of the proceedings in his committee which had responsibility for the Montreat Historical Society recommendations which passed the GA today, and is set for the Wednesday afternoon GA plenary session.
Many thanks to all the Presbybloggers out there! I'll be checking again tomorrow for new posts and will post another roundup then, so keep on writing, praying and working. May the Holy Spirit guide and inspire those of you who are commissioners, and comfort those of us observing and blogging back home.
And thank you to my regular QG readers, who don't usually get such a dose of Presbypolity, for your patience with my focus on GA this week. QG will return to "normal" after GA....