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Immigration, Per Capita, and More


March 19, 2018

From Tricia Dykers Koenig,
Associate for Mid Council Relations, (502) 569-8360

Caring for Our Family of Faith: Immigration Concerns

Long-time member of First Presbyterian Church in Metuchen, NJ, Roby Sanger continues to be detained in an ICE detention center. Even though deportation of Indonesian Christians has halted in that region, Roby has been detained for over a month. Read more about his story and the court case regarding Indonesian Christians and then TAKE ACTION: Join the postcard campaign for Roby Sanger’s release today!
The Stated Clerk has signed an interfaith amicus brief filed in the Southern District of NY to defend the protected political speech and religious expression of those speaking in matters of immigration. The Presbyterian News Service story about the brief says, “A group of American religious leaders consisting of priests, rabbis, imams and other clergy, have joined forces to seek a preliminary injunction to stop the deportation of immigrants currently residing in the U.S. The so-called Amici, which include the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and eight Presbyterian pastors, argue that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is trying to silence freedom of speech by targeting immigrants who speak out publicly against U.S. policy on the issue.”
The last two episodes of the Spirit of GA Facebook Live “Coffee with the Clerk” video chats (every Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on the Spirit of GA page) have focused on immigration issues: on the amicus brief and on being a sanctuary church part 1 and part 2.

Proposed Per Capita Budget

The Office of the General Assembly is sending materials about per capita and the proposed per capita budget to all commissioners and advisory delegates.  They should start receiving them this week.
The materials include:
  • A cover letter from the Stated Clerk making the case for the proposed per capita budget
  • The packet of interpretative materials that all mid councils have already received
  • An article about per capita from the Presbytery of New Covenant
In addition, the Office of the General Assembly is preparing a number of interpretative materials and efforts – many of which will launch April 2. 
We ask that you prayerfully consider the proposed per capita budget.  And if you need more information please contact Kerry Rice ( and he will work with you to get you the information you need to better understand the proposed budget and to interpret it to your commissioners.

First Draft of the Proposed Rules of Discipline Revision

The first draft of the proposed Rules of Discipline is available for review and comment on the Office of the General Assembly web page. The Rules of Discipline Task Force invites you to click on the link on the right-hand side of the page to see the draft, along with a one-page Overview of Changes.  The Task Force would very much like to hear your thoughts and comments – use the button just underneath the link to access a Questionnaire for response and comments. The Task Force will be receiving comments until September 15, 2018, at which time they will begin the process of final revision of the Rules of Discipline to be submitted to the 224th (2020) General Assembly. Thank you for your help!

#MeToo #ChurchToo

A team from PMA and OGA is working to revamp and reorganize the PCUSA resources available online for preventing and/or addressing abuse and misconduct, beginning with the Creating Safe Ministries page –  and we would love your help.
  • Have you been searching without success for a particular type of resource? Let me know what you need and we will attempt to find or create it.
Do you have worship resources – prayers, liturgies, sermons – that address harassment and abuse, truth-telling and healing … any and all facets of the issue? Consider allowing us to adapt those to be shared.


If you missed the gathering of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, or want to revisit it, check out the videos.

223rd General Assembly Advertising Opportunities

Click here to learn (PDF) about the many advertising opportunities for your program or ministry available at this year’s General Assembly. Contact Andrew Yeager-Buckley ( for more information about placing an ad in the General Assembly newspaper, program book, mobile event app, or live video stream player.

GA Events of Interest

All GA events are interesting, of course, so be sure to check the schedule (PDF) before you register.
Here are a few events specifically for mid council leaders:
Friday, June 15, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Face to Face Mid Council Listening Session
Saturday, June 16, 7:30 –  9:00 a.m.: Youngish Mid Council Leaders Breakfast
Saturday, June 16, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Face to Face Mid Council Listening Session
Sunday, June 17, 7:30 –  9:30 a.m.: Presbyterian Foundation Breakfast for Mid Council Leaders
Monday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Mid-Council Dinner sponsored by the Presbyterian Mission Agency
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Association of Mid-Council Leaders (AMCL) Dinner

GA Dates to Know

April 9–11: Leader Briefing, Louisville
April 17: 60-day deadline for GA business with financial implications
May 3: Registration deadline
May 6: 45-day deadline for GA business with no constitutional or financial implications
June 16–23: 223rd General Assembly, 2018, St. Louis, MO

GA223 website.

Conference Dates  

Mid Council Leaders Gathering – co-sponsored by the Office of the General Assembly and the Board of Pensions: a combination of the former Fall Polity Conference (OGA) and the Regional Benefits Consultations (BOP)
OCTOBER 5 - 7, 2018

Association of Stated Clerks and Association of Mid Council Leaders
OCTOBER 7 - 9, 2018

Mid Council Financial Network Conference – continuing education and training opportunity for people who work with finances for synods, presbyteries, and congregations
NOVEMBER 7-9, 2018

Moderators Conference
NOVEMBER 15 - 17, 2018

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