From the PC(USA) website -
Elder Cynthia Bolbach, moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008), have announced the membership of the General Assembly Commission on Middle Governing Bodies.
The assembly's mandate to the commission is comprehensive:
- Consult with sessions, presbyteries, synods, and the wider church on the mission and function of middle governing bodies. Such a process should include current diversity in the role and functions of middle governing bodies; demographics and financial realities that affect the role and function of synods and presbyteries; the role of each governing body in its oversight role – presbyteries of congregations, synods of presbyteries, and General Assembly of synods – both historically and in present experience; and relationships with General Assembly agencies in role and function; and
- Develop models that reflect the roles of middle governing bodies in PC(USA) polity and the changing context of our witness in the United States and their relationships with other governing bodies.
The commission is to "prepare a report to the 220th General Assembly (2012) of its findings and any recommended Book of Order changes. Recommendation for future roles and responsibilities will also be made to the 220th General Assembly about changes in middle governing bodies that may best serve the PC(USA) in the 21st century."
Among the members of the General Assembly Commission on Middle Governing Bodies are our very own Barbara Ranta and Roger Lee!
Click here to read the complete letter from the moderator.