Official Press PC(USA) Press Release

Below is the group I have appointed to the Special Committee to Study Issues of Civil Union and Christian Marriage.  Undoubtedly people will begin to re-vet and comment about my choices and I understand this is part of the process, so I will not take the time to go into great descriptions of each person other than their names and presbytery. Office of the General Assembly will also publish a fuller announcement of the names.  I only wish to express my deep gratitude for each and every person on this group who offers themselves up in service to Christ and Christ's church.  Each has excepted the privilege and responsibility with a deep passion and love for the future of the church and how we may together discern with will of God and mind of Christ. 

Thank you all.

Reverend Clayton F. Allard, Grace Presbytery, Synod of the Sun
Reverend Dr. Emily J. Anderson, East Tennessee Presbytery, Synod of Living Waters
Reverend Dr. Margaret Aymer Oget, Greater Atlanta Presbytery, Synod of South Atlantic
Elder Luis Antonio (Tony) De La Rosa, Pacific Presbytery, Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
Reverend Steve Hancock, Arkansas Presbytery, Synod of the Sun
Ms. Emily W. Miller, Shenandoah Presbytery, Synod of Mid-Atlantic
Elder Katina Miner, San Francisco Presbytery, Synod of the Pacific
Elder Dr. Stephen L. (Steve) Salyards, San Gabriel Presbytery, Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
Reverend Tracie Mayes Stewart, Salem Presbytery, Synod of Mid-Atlantic
Reverend James L. (Jim) Szeyller, Chair, Charlotte Presbytery, Synod of Mid-Atlantic
Reverend William (Bill) Teng, National Capital Presbytery, Synod of Mid-Atlantic
Elder Lisa Cooper Van Riper, Foothills Presbytery, Synod of South Atlantic
Mr. Derrick Weston, Pittsburgh Presbytery, Synod of the Trinity

I have asked Jim Szeyller to Chair this committee at this point though the actual structure of the groups work is left up to them. 

For a complete list of appointments see the Task Force Appointments Page and/or my video post on Appointment Process Reflections.

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