From the GA219 website - Flexibility and framework are words coming up often in the discussions surrounding the Form of Government revision being considered here at the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Form of Government Task Force, which had presented Friday an outline of its revision of the PC(USA)’s Book of Order to the Assembly’s Form of Government Revision Committee, repeated the presentation Saturday morning in a “Riverside Conversation” in the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The Rev. Dan Williams, co-moderator of the task force, and elder Carol Hunley, task force member, led the auditorium crowd through an outline of the proposed revised document, stressing framework rather than specific rules.
It’s a framework they believe will enable the church to “respond to God’s call” rather than follow a litany of detailed instructions. Williams and Hunley noted that the current Book of Order has been amended more than 300 times since it was adopted in 1983 when the former United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States reunited to form the PC(USA).