The Way Forward. In an effort to find a way forward for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the General Assembly voted to create two entities — a 2020 Vision Team to develop a “guiding statement” for the PC(USA), and a Way Forward administrative commission to determine the structure and function of General Assembly agencies.
Apology/ regret. The assembly voted 463-51 for a conciliatory statement of regret, rather than an outright apology, for its past treatment of members of the LGBTQ/Q community.
Mid Councils. Assembly votes for synods to stay the same.
Mission coordination. The assembly passed overtures addressing the needs of women and African-American males.
Mission co-worker commissioning. Eight new mission workers and one long-term volunteer were commissioned.
Portland homeless. In addition to all the business of the assembly, many Presbyterians have made it a point to interact with the marginalized in Portland. Here are a couple of examples that highlight presence and ministry with the houseless living around the Oregon Convention Center.