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GA staff and program reductions

Budget and staff cuts are regrettable at many levels

A comment by Witherspoon Issues Analyst Gene TeSelle   [6-4-06]

The General Assembly Council (GAC), on the basis of recommendations by Executive Director John Detterick, has made drastic staff cuts and reorganized its agencies, citing a serious budget shortfall.

We want first to express our sympathy with and concern for those who are being terminated at various stages of their careers, and for those who remain in positions that will be more demanding and stressful than ever.    More >>

Some found GAC budget-cut process irksome

Exclusion from meetings raised ire of corresponding and at-large members

by Toya Hill and Alexa Smith, Presbyterian News Service
[posted here 5-3-06]


LOUISVILLE – April 29, 2006 – While the GAC worked quietly in closed session this week to reach decisions on the 2007-2008 General Assembly mission budgets, some folks outside the meetings did some fussing.

The complaints had to do with the process used to finalize the budget numbers.

Evelyn Kelly, vice moderator of the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns, killed time in the luxurious lobby of Louisville's famed Brown Hotel while the GAC and select staff gathered in another room. A seldom-used provision in its operating manual permits the council to meet privately and to exclude corresponding and at-large members -- like Kelly.

The decision to close the sessions to corresponding and at-large members was passed Wednesday, after a brief debate, by a vote of 26 to 23 . As a result, only 72 voting council members took part in the downsizing debate, while 18 others were left out.

The more common "executive session" permits at-large and corresponding members to stay at the table. The GAC operating manual doesn't say which provision should be used in specific situations.

"It's a waste of my time and a waste of the GAC's money to bring someone in and then to dismiss them or to exclude them," said Kelly, who traveled to Louisville from Washington state, only to be shut out of the meeting. "This demonstrated insensitivity and lack of concern for the time and effort of attendees."

Kelly added, "As a denomination that emphasizes inclusion, sensitivity and participation by its members, it saddens me that the GAC has demonstrated exclusion by its action."

It was GAC Executive Director John Detterick who put the question before the GAC whether to exclude or admit the corresponding and at-large members -- whose ranks include the General Assembly stated clerk, advocacy and advisory committee representatives and representative of related PC(USA) entities such as the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly and the Board of Pensions.

Detterick said it is the voting members who decide "who stays and who goes," including selected denominational staff members. "The accountability rests solely with the elected members," he told the Presbyterian News Service during a break between sessions.

Private sessions also protect staff, Detterick said, adding that senior GAC staff agonized before and during the council's meeting about how open the process ought to be -- from totally transparent to completely confidential.

They concluded, and the GAC concurred, that when it comes to cutting budgets it is impossible to separate people from programs. Detterick said leadership didn't want staff stressed by constantly changing blueprints of the reorganized national staff structure and changes in the fates of individual programs. "People do program," said GAC Chair Nancy Kahaian, emphasizing her support for confidentiality on the grounds that any budget discussion inevitably leads to conversation about personnel.

Kahaian told PNS that corresponding members could not be excluded without a vote by the entire GAC, so at-large and corresponding folks could not be alerted to their possible exclusion before making the trip to Louisville.

The fuss about confidentiality also raised questions about interpretation of the PC(USA)'s open-meeting policy, which limits closed sessions only to discussion of property negotiations, personnel, civil and criminal litigation or security.

Is debate about whether a GAC program meets the MWP goals a personnel matter? Or does it become so only when the discussion reaches the level of individual employees?

Reporters pushed for a clear definition of the term "personnel." No formal appeals for a ruling on the applicability of the open-meeting policy to the GAC's process was filed with the stated clerk, the arbiter of such disputes.

Detterick will give a brief rationale for the program choices during a press conference at 2 p.m. Monday after center employees have been notified of their employment status, and during a national staff meeting Tuesday at 2 in the Presbyterian Center Atrium.

GAC member John Bolt of Charleston, WV, a longtime newsman and former bureau chief for the Associated Press, defended the decision to go into private session. He said he considered the decision an "appropriate use of a private session," although he is generally opposed to closing meetings.

"We're identifying what jobs need to be done," he said. "And there's no way to divorce ourselves from the idea that a task is a person."

But retired Episcopal Bishop Douglas Theuner -- who has served as one of two ecumenical advisory representatives to the GAC for the past three years -- told PNS he's disappointed by the suggestion that corresponding members aren't discreet or that the council cannot discuss "important matters" in their company.

Theuner said that splitting a body that functions normally as a unit isn't a healthy way to do business, and "breeds suspicion."

The Rev. Jim Collie, the executive in Santa Fe Presbytery and a corresponding member of the GAC from the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, headed back to Albuquerque immediately after the vote to close the meeting. He said the GAC's rationale tasted like "weak tea," and he has questions about excluding the denomination's stated clerk and ecumenical advisory members, since both are mandated by The Book of Order to serve the GAC.

"I think that's a serious mistake that got shoved aside because everybody was moving so fast," said Collie, who intends to draft a report to COGA describing the meeting protocol. "In reality, the reason one has corresponding members is for a broadness of view beyond oneself. It's at the very moment when hard decisions are having to be made that corresponding members are at their most helpful."

The council, Collie said, "cut itself off" from the church community and adopted a "bunker mentality."

Since the MWP was adopted by the council in February, GAC staff (and some elected members) have engaged in a laborious process of deciding how to downsize the denomination's programs to conform to the eight MWP objectives. The plan is aimed at helping presbyteries and congregations do evangelism, fight poverty, embrace multi-culturalism, engage in peacemaking, bolster small churches, nurture families and better articulate Christian vocation and Reformed identity.

All existing programs have been classified by senior staff as "essential," "helpful" or "not relevant" to the MWP objectives.

Presbyterian Washington Office reports on the impact of staff reduction on their work   [5-3-06]


Dear Advocate,

By now you have heard that there were serious reductions in staffing at the General Assembly level of the Presbyterian Church (USA). (For more details, go to www.pcusa.org/pcnews.) Needless to say, we are saddened by these developments. The reductions include two positions from the Washington Office. They are the Associate for Publications who maintained our Web site and edited our Stewardship of Public Life networks and the Senior Administrative Assistant for outreach/programs who helped to organize and welcome incoming groups of Presbyterians for their advocacy visits to Washington.

Over the last ten years, the Washington Office staff has gone from 7 ½ positions to 4 with these last reductions. In light of this, we will need to take a bit of time to review our publications and constituency programs to see what can be sustained. There may be a short period of time when you will receive nothing or very little from us while we 'regroup'. The May/June 2006 issue of Washington REPORT to Presbyterians will not be produced. We will be doing a "New Thing" Isaiah 43:19.

Continuing with the staff will be Catherine Gordon, Associate for International Issues; Carolynn Race, Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environment, and Yvonne Aiken, Office Manager. Elenora Giddings Ivory will continue as Director of the Washington Office with attention to issues affecting racial and gender justice.

The General Assembly goal-setting process that led to the budget reductions identified the Justice and Compassion objectives of both Peace and Poverty as primary work for the reduced staff. The Washington Office staff will look at our issue networks in light of these priorities.

We welcome your prayers and your patience. We are thankful to all who have supported us in the past and will need your continued support in the future.

Sincerely,

Elenora Giddings Ivory
eivory@ctr.pcusa.org

Catherine Gordon
cgordon@ctr.pcusa.org

Carolynn Race
crace@ctr.pcusa.org

Yvonne Aiken
yaiken@ctr.pcusa.org

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

GAC releases names of those laid off

Most departed May 1; others set for October 1

by Jerry L. Van Marter, Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - May 2, 2006 - General Assembly Council Executive Director John Detterick today (May 2) formally released the names of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) national staff employees who have lost their jobs in the "reduction in force" needed to reduce the 2007-2008 General Assembly mission budget by $9.15 million.

Seventy-five employees lost their jobs May 1, the largest single layoff at the Presbyterian Center since 1993, when 140 jobs were eliminated.

Fifty-nine staff members concluded their service immediately. Sixteen others received notice that their jobs will end October 1, when the transition to a radically new organizational structure in Louisville will be complete.

Prior to the layoffs there were 532 persons on the national staff and 27 vacant positions. In addition to the 75 layoffs, nine vacant positions were also eliminated, reducing the staff to 430 with 18 vacant positions. Fifteen new jobs will added during the transition, bringing the total staff to between 463 and 468.

Detterick announced the positions that were eliminated Monday, but delayed releasing the names of persons in those positions "in order to give them time to tell their families and friends before they read about it in the press."

Persons whose positions were eliminated effective May 1:

CORRECTION:   Joy Begley (Programming Team Manager, Office of Information Services, MSS) was mistakenly included on the list of those whose positions were eliminated.  She is still among those employed.

Carolyn Blakely, Program Assistant - Conference Ministries, Theology and Worship, CMD

Tonda Bonman, Senior Accounting Clerk, Finance and Accounting Services, MSS

Steven Boots, Associate for Congregational Transformation, Evangelism, NMD

Ivy C. Brito, Associate for Marketing, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD

Vernon S. Broyles III, Associate Director for Social Justice/Corporate Witness, Justice and Compassion, NMD

Cathy Bruner, Senior Administrative Assistant, Human Resources

Carolyn Campbell, Real Estate Manager, Finance and Accounting Services, MS

S Jon Chapman, Coordinator for Southern and East Africa, WMD

Kim Childress, Marketing Associate, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD

Marva Clayton-Miles, Church Leadership Connection Consultant, Leadership & Vocation, NMD

Greg Cohen, Older Adult Ministry office, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD

Vennie Constant, Program Assistant for Mission Partnerships, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Kim Deaton, Human Resources Information Systems Administrator, Human Resources

Stanley DeVoogd, Associate Relating to Latin America and the Caribbean, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Scott Dowd, Coordinator of Marketing, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD

Wendy Doyon, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, People in Mutual Mission, WMD

John Filiatreau, Copy Editor/Formatter, Presbyterian News Service, Office of Communication

Wanda Fuller, Associate for Administration, Executive Director's Office

Bill Gee, Associate Producer, Media Services, Office of Communication

Daniel Gilliam, Senior Administrative Assistant, Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

Terri Gilmore, Senior Administrative Assistant, Justice and Compassion, NMD

Cathy Hagman, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, CMD

Bobbi Wells Hargleroad, Editor, Church and Society magazine, Justice and Compassion, NMD

Gil Herbig, Senior Computer Operator, Office of Information Services, MSS

Richard Houston, Associate for Publications, Presbyterian Washington Office, NMD

Patrick Hugg, Graphic Designer, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD

Timi Jackson, Customer Service Representative, Presbyterian Distribution Service, MSS

Arnold J. Johnston, Associate Producer, Media Services, Office of Communication

Robert Klouw, Term Employee, Justice and Compassion, NMD (Dec. 31)

Shannon Langley, Coordinator for Global Education and International Leadership Development, WMD

Angela Madden, Associate Relating to the Middle East and Europe, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Alice Martin, Senior Accounting Clerk, Finance and Accounting Services, MSS

Suzanne Mauck, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Jaclyn Milburn, Term Employee, Human Resources

Martha H. Miller, Associate for Family and Single Adult Ministries, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, CMD

Marva Morton, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Virginia L. Nyhuis, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD

William F. Owens, Coordinator for Curriculum Development, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD

Paris Ramseur-Brown, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Global Service and Witness, WMD

Katharine Reeves, Associate for Ecumenical Coordination and Facilitation, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Jeanne Romer, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Tim Ruff, Senior Administrative Assistant, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD

Debbie Sachs, Internal Auditor, Internal Audit Office, MSS

Les Sauer, Coordinator for Ecumenical and Mission Partnerships, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Bok Soon Slayton, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Theology and Worship, CMD

Alexa Smith, Associate for News Services, Presbyterian News Service, Office of Communication

Laura Smith, Senior Accounting Clerk, Finance and Accounting Services, MSS

Champaka Srinivasan, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Diana Stephen, Associate for Network Support, Small and Rural Churches, Evangelism, NMD

Anita Thurman, Switchboard Operator, Building Services, MSS

Mienda Uriarte, Associate for Christian Education and Young Adult Ministry, CMD

Michelle, Vissing, Desktop Publisher/Web Designer, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD

Regina Wampler, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Thurman Watson, Senior Accounting Clerk, Finance and Accounting Services, MSS

Brunhilda Williams-Curington, Associate for Missionary Compensation and Benefits, People in Mutual Mission, WMD

Doug Wilson, Coordinator for Presbyterian Evangelism/NMD Mission Initiative, Evangelism, NMD

Rafaat Zaki, Coordinator for Central, South and Southeast Asia, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD

Persons whose positions are being eliminated effective October 1:

Gail Alexander, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Director's Office, NMD

Joey Bailey, Chief Financial Officer/Director, MSS

Donald G. Campbell, Director, CMD

Suzanne Cantrell, Senior Administrative Assistant, Director's Office, WMD

Sylvia Carter, Executive Assistant to the Director, MSS

Teresa Chrappa, Executive Assistant to the Director, WMD

Arthur DeYoung, Coordinator, CMD

Lacey Gilliam, Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Director's Office, WMD

Angela Gowdy, Associate for Personnel and Administration, WMD

Pamela Green, Executive Assistant to the Director, NMD

Jeanette Hardy, Executive Assistant to the Director, CMD

Curtis Kearns Jr., Director, NMD

Jennie Lamb, Coordinator for Resources Administration, NMD

Helen Locklear, Deputy Executive Director, Executive Director's Office

Marian McClure, Director, WMD

Bill Simmons, Coordinator of Finance and Administration, WMD

 

One visitor comments on the staff reduction:
[5-2-06]

The GAC release of terminated staff and additional staff lay-offs planned for October offers further evidence of the decline of Presbyterian mission and vitality. How else can this news be received? I wonder how much energy we retain for in-house arguments, when outside our narrow little world(which is shrinking rapidly) the peoples of the world observe our increasing irrelevance. We continue as Presbyterians to grow disconnected from younger generations, we have less and less to say and do about issues of poverty and injustice and war, and spend what little energy we have discussing what goes on in the bedrooms of individuals. My question is, Why would gay/lesbian/transgendered persons want to affiliate with such a dispirited group as Presbyterians?

Hart Edmonds
Omaha, NE

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GAC adopts sweeping restructure of GA offices $9.15 million budget cut costs 75 jobs, including top management


by Jerry L. Van Marter, Presbyterian News Service
[5-1-06]


LOUISVILLE -- May 1, 2006 -- The General Assembly Council has approved the most radical restructuring of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s mission program since 1993, as it moves to reduce the 2007-2008 General Assembly mission budget by $9.15 million.

In all, 75 national staff positions in Louisville have been eliminated - most effective May 1 - as well as 55 overseas mission co-worker positions. Staff cuts in Louisville account for $4 million of the budget reduction, while the price tag for the overseas mission positions is $1.2 million.

In a 19-page document released Monday entitled 2007-2008 Mission Work Plan: Objectives, Outcomes and Funded Work, the GAC outlines, objective by objective, the dramatic overhaul of its mission program work with an overview of the work involved in each objective, what it considers to be successful outcomes, and detailed rationales for the programmatic work that will be funded as well as work that will be discontinued or scaled back.

The sweeping organizational changes will, by October, eliminate the current Deputy for Mission Support Services and Deputy Executive Director positions and the existing ministry divisions - Congregational Ministries (CMD), National Ministries (NMD) and Worldwide Ministries - as well as the jobs of senior executive and top administrative staff of those divisions.

"As our work shifted from broad programmatic concerns to a tighter focus on the eight key objectives of the Mission Work Plan," said GAC Executive Director John Detterick, "the senior staff felt that our witness would be strengthened by realizing the significant savings that would come from reorganizing the senior leadership level to also focus on the objectives rather than programs."

Currently, the SLT is comprised of Detterick, a deputy executive director, the three division directors, the deputy for MSS and a middle governing bodies coordinator. When the transition is complete in October, the senior GAC staff will consist of the Executive Director, a Deputy Executive Director for Witness and Deputy Executive Director for Support Services.

The dramatic change in the SLT alone will cover more than $1 million of the budget reduction.

Other major cuts come from reducing mission program grants to congregations and presbyteries by $250,000 in each of the next two years and by slowing the rate of staff salary increases by $600,000 in 2007, which will result in total savings of $1.1 million by the end of 2008.

Programs that are being eliminated include:

– the Global Education and International Leadership Development Office, which has been supported by endowment funds that are exhausted.
– the Ecumenical and Mission Partnerships Office, which has worked with the growing number of mission networks - currently 26 - in the PC(USA).
– Area coordinators and regional liaisons in WMD will assume those duties.
-- the Criminal Justice program.
-- the Environmental Justice program.
– the Corporate Witness Office, which addresses issues such as civil liberties, public education and global security.
Church and Society magazine.
– Staff and program support for older adult ministries.

Programs that will be scaled back include:

- programmatic support for small and rural churches and advocacy for rural farmers.
- consultation and regional training on congregational transformation plus analysis and evaluation of congregational transformation mission program grant applications.
- racial ethnic enhancement offices' funding for leadership development, scholarships for attending conferences, immigrant ministries, racial ethnic caucuses and Bible study fellowships.
- staffing in the Presbyterian Washington Office.
– coordination of young adult involvement in peace-related networks.
- the National Health Ministries office.
- Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare work not directly related to the MWP objectives.

Most of the staff cuts come from the unrestricted portion of the mission budget, which represents about one-third of the total budget (and the reductions).

Mission personnel are largely funded by restricted (designated) contributions, which comprise the other two-thirds of the budget, and thus two-thirds of the budget reductions.

Of the 77 eliminated positions, 16 are directly related to the dismantling of the ministry division structure and the restructuring of MSS, which has been undergoing an internal transition over the past two years. Nine of the eliminated positions are currently vacant, most of them in MSS.

Of the remaining 61 job cuts, 37 are in programmatic areas and 24 are in support services, such as financial services and communications.

About 15 new positions will be created for the new structure. Current employees will be eligible to apply for any new positions.

The reduction in the denomination's overseas missionary force is particularly painful, Detterick and WMD Director Marian McClure agreed.

"It takes 55 persons in mission service leaving for us to meet the $1.2 million deficit in money available for their support," McClure said. "Of these, we already know of about 40 persons leaving by attrition (concluding their terms of service or retiring)."

Attrition alone will not solve the shortfall, McClure added. "We need another 15 persons to leave to deal with this amount," she continued. "A staff team will work in various ways toward the goal that no one will end mission service for financial reasons alone."

Detterick pledged that everything possible will be done to avoid bringing missionaries home before their current terms are up. "We've committed to everything possible not to call them home in the middle of their terms," Detterick said.

Rather than ministry divisions, programmatic work will be organized around teams related to the objectives. The 2007-2008 budgets approved by the GAC allocate money according to the MWP objectives, not the traditional program entities.

The new structure is built around the four goals of the Mission Work Plan: Evangelism and Witness, Justice and Compassion, Leadership and Vocation, and Spirituality and Discipleship - and the eight more concrete objectives that flesh them out: evangelism, multi-cultural ministry, poverty, peacemaking, Reformed identity, family ministry, Christian vocation and small churches.

Overall, the MWP emphasizes the GAC's determination to de-emphasize its own programmatic role in the PC(USA) in order to more strongly support the ministries of congregations and presbyteries.

"We didn't do this just to cut a budget," Detterick said.

"In moving to an objective-based structure, we will be in a stronger position to facilitate the mission activities of the presbyteries and congregations of the PC(USA)," he explained.

Positions announced today, names released Tuesday

Detterick announced the positions that are being eliminated today. Formal release of the names of laid off employees will be delayed until Tuesday. "We wanted to give those employees the opportunity to tell their family and friends before they read about it in the press," he said.

Positions being eliminated effective May 1:

Associate for Christian Education and Young Adult Ministry, CMD
Associate for Marketing, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD
Coordinator for Curriculum Development, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD
Coordinator of Marketing, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD
Desktop Publisher/Web Designer, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD
Graphic Designer, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD
Marketing Associate, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD
Senior Administrative Assistant, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD
Term Employee, Congregational Ministries Publishing, CMD
Associate for Family and Single Adult Ministries, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, CMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, CMD
Associate for Asian American Congregational Leadership, Theology and Worship, CMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Theology and Worship, CMD Term Employee, Theology and Worship, CMD
Senior Administrative Assistant, Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy
Associate Producer, Media Services, Office of Communication
Associate Producer, Media Services, Office of Communication
Associate for News Services, Presbyterian News Service, Office of Communication
Copy Editor/Formatter, Presbyterian News Service, Office of Communication
Human Resources Information Systems Administrator, Human Resources
Senior Administrative Assistant, Human Resources
Term Employee, Human Resources
Associate for Administration, Executive Director's Office
Internal Auditor, Internal Audit Office, MSS
Real Estate Manager, Finance and Accounting Services, MSS
Senior Accounting Clerk, Finance and Accounting Services, MSS
Senior Accounting Clerk, Finance and Accounting Services, MSS
Senior Accounting Clerk, Finance and Accounting Services, MSS
Senior Accounting Clerk, Finance and Accounting Services, MSS
Programming Team Manager, Office of Information Services, MSS
Senior Computer Operator, Office of Information Services, MSS
Switchboard Operator, Building Services, MSS
Customer Service Representative, Presbyterian Distribution Service, MSS
Associate for Congregational Transformation, Evangelism, NMD
Associate for Network Support, Small and Rural Churches, Evangelism, NMD
Coordinator for Presbyterian Evangelism/NMD Mission Initiative, Evangelism, NMD
Associate Director for Social Justice/Corporate Witness, Justice and Compassion, NMD
Editor, Church and Society magazine, Justice and Compassion, NMD
Senior Administrative Assistant, Justice and Compassion, NMD
Term Employee, Justice and Compassion, NMD
Church Leadership Connection Consultant, Leadership & Vocation, NMD
Associate for Publications, Presbyterian Washington Office, NMD
Associate Relating to Latin America and the Caribbean, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Associate for Ecumenical Coordination and Facilitation, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Associate Relating to the Middle East and Europe, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Coordinator for Ecumenical and Mission Partnerships, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Coordinator for Central, South and Southeast Asia, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Coordinator for Global Education and International Leadership Development, WMD
Coordinator for Southern and East Africa, WMD
Program Assistant for Mission Partnerships, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Ecumenical Partnerships, WMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Global Service and Witness, WMD
Associate for Missionary Compensation and Benefits, People in Mutual Mission, WMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, People in Mutual Mission, WMD

Positions being eliminated effective October 1:

Director, CMD
Coordinator, CMD
Executive Assistant to the Director, CMD
Deputy Executive Director, Executive Director's Office
Chief Financial Officer/Director, MSS
Executive Assistant to the Director, MSS
Director, NMD
Executive Assistant to the Director, NMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Director's Office, NMD
Coordinator for Resources Administration, NMD
Director, WMD
Executive Assistant to the Director, WMD
Intermediate Administrative Assistant, Director's Office, WMD
Senior Administrative Assistant, Director's Office, WMD
Associate for Personnel and Administration, WMD
Coordinator of Finance and Administration, WMD

 

 

GA actions ratified (or not) by  the presbyteries   

A number of the most important actions of the 219th General Assembly have now been acted upon by the presbyteries, confirming most of them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book of Order.

We provided resources to help inform the reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.

Our three areas of primary interest have been:

bullet Amendment 10-A, which  removes the current ban on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.  Approved!

bullet Amendment 10-2, which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of Confessions.  Disapproved, because as an amendment to the Book of Confessions it needed a 2/3 vote, and did not receive that.

bullet Amendment 10-1, which  adopts the new Form of Government that was approved by the Assembly.   Approved.
 

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