The Way Forward committee recommends administrative commission. The Way Forward committee has recommended the creation of an administrative commission with the power to determine the structure and function of General Assembly agencies – a commission that, if the assembly approves its creation, would have the ability to change the landscape of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the top levels.

Apology? The assembly’s Social Justice committee voted to approve a statement of regret ­­- instead of issuing an apology to the LGBTQ/Q community, as an overture from the Presbytery of New York City had requested.

Middle East committee. Faced with tough choices on June 21, the Middle East Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) tried to steer a middle course between taking a hard line on the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and turning a blind eye to violations of Palestinians’ human rights.

Racial justice. On June 20, the Social Justice committee of the 2016 General Assembly poured energy into addressing matters of racial justice and cultural proficiency.

Refugees. After considering the breadth of the refugee crisis around the world – with half the population of Syria living as refugees – the assembly’s Immigration and Environmental Issues committee unanimously approved an overture on refugee resettlement.

Child protection. The General Assembly Procedures committee considered child protection amid a survivor’s story.

General Assembly Procedures. The committee recommended Beth Hessel of the Presbyterian Historical Society as the next associated stated clerk and selected a future location for the assembly.

Two Foothills overtures defeated. The Social Justice Committee turned back proposals from Foothills Presbytery that would have limited how often policies could be considered.

Mission coordination. The Mission Coordination committee recommended approval of an oveture that addresses the worsening plight of the African-American male.

Peacemaking. The assembly’s Peacemaking and International Issues committee discussed Just War theory, peacemaking and nonviolence on June 21 – trying to find wording for peacemaking affirmations that both affirms peacemaking and supports those who serve in the military.

IPMN lunch. Palestinian novelist, speaking at Israel Palestine Mission Network event, thanks Presbyterians, calling them allies in the BDS movement.