Staying informed at GA221

Follow news stories online, via social media…and even telephone

June 13, 2014


Presbyterians and other interested parties will have a variety of ways to keep up to date on the latest news coming out of the General Assembly Communications Center of 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Assembly runs June 14-21 in Detroit. The Communications Center will be managed by Toya Richards Jackson, communications coordinator for the Office of the General Assembly, and Kathy Francis, senior director for communication for the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Along with other staff and volunteers, Presbyterian News Service (PNS) staffers Jerry Van Marter and Bethany Daily and communications intern Rachel Shussett will be writing for the General Assembly Daily News distributed at the Assembly and through electronic news channels. Those stories and more will be posted on the Assembly website.

All Assembly-related news will also be posted to the regular PNS website. For the week of the Assembly, subscribers to the PNS email news feed will receive two digests daily, at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Subscribe here.

Social media is also sure to be a popular way to stay informed. Follow along on Twitter by following @PresbyNews, the Presbyterian News Service’s account, and @Presbyterian, the official account for the PC(USA). Search for #GA221 and #PCUSA for more information.

On Facebook, stay connected via the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s page for news and business and the Spirit of GA page for glimpses of the people and atmosphere at the Assembly.

Van Marter will record daily summaries of GA events and activities for VoiceLine, the telephone information service of the PC(USA). Daily summaries will be available each day beginning June 14 after 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. A complete wrap-up of the Assembly will be available after 1 p.m. June 21, shortly after the Assembly adjourns. To hear VoiceLine reports, call 1-800-7228, ext 2012, or 502-569-5000, ext. 2012.

PNS and the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) will again collaborate this year to produce Assembly in Brief, a 16-page bulletin insert-size summary of the Assembly in words and photographs. Assembly in Brief ― written by Van Marter and designed by Randy Hobson of the OGA ― will be available for download from the GA221 website no later than Wednesday, June 25.

To read up on the issues being considered by some of the 15 Assembly committees, check out the backgrounders produced by Presbyterian News Service:

  1. My Dear Addison: Only God can say if His covenant is void. Bring all the evidence you like. But remember God is merciful even unto you and me.

    by Randy Metz

    June 20, 2014

  2. By accepting gay marriage you have embraced a doctrine taught by demons and have departed from sound biblical doctrine that has guided the faithful for centuries.

    by Jeff Christian

    June 20, 2014

  3. Regarding the BDS question, it should be remembered that God did not promise the Jews the Holy Land carte blanche, without conditions. God required the ancient Hebrew people to keep certain laws. If one turns to the Bible as the basis for claiming the Holy Land belongs only to Jews, one must note that modern Israelis have not kept those laws; over and over again the laws that according to Scripture were stipulated by God as required for the ancient Hebrews to settle in Canaan have been continually violated: You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt (Exodus 22:21). But Israel forbids Palestinians to carry on trade (by prohibiting their use of roads necessary for commerce and by the blockade of Gaza Strip), and to reside in settlements which -- built on Palestinian lands -- are permitted for residence only by Jews. Israeli soldiers mistreat at will Palestinians waiting at checkpoints; some in need of medical care have been delayed there until they died. You shall not steal (Exodus 20:15). But Israel is continually building Jewish-only settlements on land universally recognized as the possession of Palestinians. Seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14). But the very charter of the majority party in Israel's Knesset (parliament) denies Palestinians ever to have a state of their own. This is not a pursujit of peace, nor is the practice of detaining peaceful, unarmed, nonviolent Palestinian demonstrators. Justice, justice shall you pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20). But by continuing its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands; by shooting unarmed Palestinian teenagers who pose no threat to their attackers or others; by having their soldiers drag Palestinian children out of bed at night, harrassing and detaining them without charge; by illegally demolishing homes of non-Jewish inhabitants of East Jerusalem; and by other regular policies of its government, Israel has grossly violated this injunction. Those who seek to justify 21st-century Israel's crimes on the basis of God's promise in Scripture that the ancient Hebrews would inhabit ancient Canaan must hold Israel responsible to fulfill the requirements -- set forth plainly in Scripture -- as the strict condition for this promise. Unless the requirements re met, the whole covenant is void.

    by Addison Bross

    June 17, 2014

  4. The PC(USA) GA Voiceline as promoted in the media guide does not seem to be working.

    by Holton Siegling

    June 15, 2014

  5. Strike down and defeat gay marriage, enforce marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman for a lifetime. Do not divest investments from Israel.

    by Lou Nowasielski

    June 14, 2014