As many of you know, one of the privileges and responsibilities of the moderator as a result of most General Assemblies is to appoint people to the various Task Forces, Study Groups and other bodies created by each General Assembly.  Coming out of the 218th General Assembly I will have the sole or shared responsibility to appoint members of eight different committees or task forces totally nearly 100 people.

Some of the Task Forces appointments have language in them about consulting with other agencies and such, but ultimately I am responsible for the appoints that have been charged to me.   For this reason, I turn to you all to help me expand the pool of folks from which I may choose members of various committees.  To help you understand the process that I will take in selecting, here are some brief comments followed by the process that I would ask you to follow should you wish to submit a name. 

Please keep in mind that this is not an application process, but more an acknowledgment that the more folks that we help to connect to one another the better we serve our calls to be part of the community.  Every moderator goes about this process in a ways that fits his/her discernment style, this is the way I feel most comfortable in tackling this task. 

Also, let me pre-emptively apologize to those who I will not be able to select at this point and time.  Your selection or non-selection is not a reflection on the entirety of one’s call/ministry but more about the how one’s experiences and gifts may fit into particular group at a particular time in a particular way.  Not having yet made these decisions, I can promise you that these will not be easy, but I will do so with great care. 

Some thoughts about how I will choose:

  • How I will get names: Networking and relationship-building are central to building community, so I make no apologies that many of the appointments will be people with whom I have had some kind of personal interaction.  This does not mean that they will be my close friends or "in line" with any set theological/ideological matrix but that I have had some kind if interaction where I can discern whether this is a person I believe would be an effective member of the group.  This will most likely include an email exchange and/or brief phone call during my discernment process.  With this said, I will also relay on the discernment of others so I will enlarge the pool through submitted names, appropriate denomination staff recommendations, friends of friends and self-submitted interest.
  • How I will choose: Again this process is not one that is an application nor am I given much more guidance other than I make some appointments "in consultation with" particular agencies of the General Assembly. With this in mind and fully knowing that there will be some disagreements in my appointments, I will do my best to be as fair as possible.  As I gather names I will give each name a time for prayer, will contact references, make contacts via phone/skype/eMail and be sure to do my due diligence for each team.
  • Representation: In addition to the regular categories to ensure balanced representation (age, gender, ethnicity, geography, etc.) I will also give great effort to engage folks who are new to denominational involvement at the General Assembly level.
  • Other thoughts: Rarely in our process is there so much direct authority given to one person.  I do not take this lightly and continue to commit to be as transparent as possible in the process.

What I need if you wish to submit yours or another person’s name please include the basics:

  • Name
  • Task Force
  • Demographics: Age, Gender, Ethnicity, theological geographic location, etc.
  • Contact info: eMail, Facebook, Blog, Phone, Skype, etc.

Helpful additional information:

  • Brief statement describing the gifts, skills, perspectives and/or experience that would make you/him/her a valuable addition to the task force;
  • Self-described theological perspective: How would you describe yourself theologically?
  • Personal Information Form, C.V. and or resume;
  • Previous General Assembly service;
  • Any info regarding denomination affiliation’s current involvement in the life of the PC(USA) and or other known relationships that would be helpful for me to know as I try to build a broad representation of the church.  Affiliation/s will not determine inclusion or exclusion, but the transparency would be greatly appreciated;
  • Once all appointments have been made and the way be clear, I will publish the task force appoints and appropriate contact info for each group.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION

  • Unless otherwise noted on the specific group, to be safe, please try to submit names to the pool by August 15th so I can make appointments by the end of August.  While I will do not foresee making any more appointments – see 04-13 – until after that date, I will begin making contact and building possible groups as names come in.  Again, this is not a strict application process so if you are not sure about any of this, please ask.
  • Please submit all info to: breyeschow at gmail dot com.

And in case you did not memorize all the Task Forces and Study Groups generated by the 218th General Assembly, here is a summary.

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Item 04-13 // Form of Government
Specifics:
11 total members include continuing members of the original Form of Government task force.
Action: New members of this expanded task force are to be chosen from the 218th General Assembly (2008) Assembly Committee on Form of Government Revisions by the Moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008), in consultation with the moderator and vice moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008) Assembly Committee on Form of Government Revisions.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT POSSIBLE NAMES: due to calendaring needs of the Form of Government task force these appointments have already been made and the committee will begin it’s work in the next few week.  These appointments were made inline with the instructions above. 

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Item 04-13 // Marriage and Civil Unions Special Committee
Specifics: 15 members, representing diversity and theological balance, report due 2010
Action: Direct the Moderator of the General Assembly to appoint a special committee, representing the broad diversity [and theological balance] of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), to study the following, and report to the 219th General Assembly (2010), including any policy recommendations growing out of the study:

a.  The history of the laws governing marriage and civil union, including current policy debates.
b.  How the theology and practice of marriage have developed in the Reformed and broader Christian tradition.
c.  The relationship between civil union and Christian marriage.
d.  The effects of current laws on same-gender partners and their children.
e.  The place of covenanted same-gender partnerships in the Christian community.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT POSSIBLE NAMES: see above

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Item 08-21 // The Restricted Funds Resolution Committee (RFRC)
Specifics: seven members as set below
Action: The Moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008) shall appoint a Restricted Funds Resolution Committee (RFRC) comprised of:

  • two representatives designated by the Foundation Board;
  • two representatives designated by the General Assembly Council; and,
  • three persons appointed by the Moderator who are not involved in either agency, and have an understanding of the applicable principles in both Reformed theology and civil law.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT POSSIBLE NAMES: see above

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Item 09-16 // Climate for Change Task Force
Specifics: eight members as stated below; interim report to the 219th GA (2010); final report to the 220th GA (2012)
Action: Direct the Moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008)—in consultation with the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns, the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns, the associate for Cultural Proficiency, and the General Assembly Nominating Committee—to appoint a Climate for Change Task Force composed of eight members.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT POSSIBLE NAMES: see above

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Item 11-28 // Middle East Study Group
Specifics: nine members as stated below
Action: [The 218th General Assembly (2008) requests that the Moderators of the 218th, 217th, and 216th General Assemblies (2008), (2006), and (2004) select a nine-member committee from a broad spectrum of viewpoints from PC(USA) members] to prepare a comprehensive study, with recommendations, that is focused on Israel/Palestine within the complex context of the Middle East.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT POSSIBLE NAMES: end of August

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Item 13-06 // Heidelberg Catechism
Specifics: 15 members appointed by the Moderator
Action: Appointment of a Special Committee of
Fifteen to study the accuracy of the current translation of the
Heidelberg Catechism.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT POSSIBLE NAMES: see above

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Item 13-07 // Belhar Confession Committee
Specifics: 15 members as stated below
Action: Direct the Moderators of the 216th, 217th, and 218th General Assemblies (2004, 2006, and 2008)—in consultation with the Stated Clerk, the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns (ACREC), the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, and the Office of Theology and Worship—to initiate the process described in G-18.0201b by appointing a committee[, separate from any committee assigned to the Heidelberg Catechism,] to consider amending the confessional documents of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to include the Belhar Confession in The Book of Confessions and to report to the 219th General Assembly (2010).

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT POSSIBLE NAMES: see above

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Item 17-3NB // Youth Ministry Study Group
Specifics: 15 members (10 youth, 5 adults) as stated below
Action: The 208th General Assembly (2008) directs the Moderator of the General Assembly to appoint a task force to seek input from youth, young adults, and adults to continue the dialogue begun at this assembly; find and present model programs; and focus on the needs and development of youth ministries, and report back to the 219th General Assembly (2010) specific recommendations for designing and conducting various youth ministries under a “new vision” for youth. The task force would be composed of ten youth and young adults, ages 15–21, and five adult mentors. The task force would meet four times prior to the 219th General Assembly (2010).

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT POSSIBLE NAMES: see above

 

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