Below are quick links to some general decisions and news stories and updates on some HRP overtures. Click onto the Overtures page and link over to final language and vote tallies for each of the overtures which were generated by HRP or with which the presbytery concurred.
Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann were elected co-moderators of PC(USA) GA 223 and will serve until PC(USA) GA 224 in 2020.
GA 223 Approved The Way Forward plan brought by the same-named commission, which will restructure the PC(USA) with the aim of providing more transparency.
GA 223 sets 2019 Per Capita at $8.95.
Over $47,000 was collected at GA 223’s opening worship for a “bail fund” to draw attention to the injustice of the nation’s cash bail system where our country’s jails are full of people being held on minor offenses, unable to pay cash bail. The Presbyterians marched from the convention center to the City Justice Center for a “bail out!” PC(USA) is working with local organizations such as the Bail Project and the St. Louis Action Council, to use the offering to provide bail for persons who have been prescreened for release. Read more on this “Hands and Feet” initiative.
GA 223 made a number of decisions concerning the Middle East. Read this helpful Middle East Report prepared by Rob Trawick.
Updates from the Rev. Tricia Dykers Konieg, Associate Stated Clerk and Associate Director for Mid-Council Relations.
Summary of Actions Directed to, or About, Mid-Councils and Congregations
GA 223 Actions Creating Special Groups for Further Study
HRP’s own Chip Andrus, Pastor of South Salem Presbyterian Church, leads music that inspires the General Assembly even as he fights cancer.
Update on Key HRP Overtures
GA 223 votes to wait 2 years for MRTI recommendation on fossil fuel divestment instead of taking action now, despite support from 40 presbyteries and a public letter from 8 former moderators that the church divest from fossil fuel now. Interestingly, while responding to questions during the plenary, the Board of Pensions stated that, unlike the Foundation, it was not under the obligation to divest even if the GA instructed it so to do. The Assembly did vote its support for an overture to address Environmental Racism.
After removing reference to “the current presidential administration,” GA 223 voted
overwhelming support for the Responding to Racist Nationalism overture as well as supported HRP’s overture encouraging congregations to engage in actions to end gun violence. Read the full PNS story on confronting nationalism and taking action against gun violence.
The GA 223 referred policy on instructing the Board of Pensions to include 12 weeks of parental leave to a taskforce which will report at GA224 in 2020.
The expanded Doctrine of Discovery overture was approved by GA223 aimed at redressing historic harm to native peoples.