Monthly Archives: May 2012

2010 Posts

The 2012 national meeting (220th General Assembly) of the PC(USA) will be here in a month.  Once again, commissioners will consider a number of proposals on Israelis and Palestinians.  Once again, many of these proposals are problematic at best. This … Continue reading

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Not the Post I Planned

Posted in Uncategorized by wspotts on July 11, 2010 Edit This This is not the post I planned to write. That post was called “From Fictions to Lies:  Institutional Support for the MESC”.  It was a scandalized reaction to recent … Continue reading

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Going into the Last Day

Posted in Uncategorized by wspotts on July 10, 2010 Edit This None of the actions will be final until the assembly concludes.  Anything can still be “reconsidered”.  At this point, however, all of the business items related to Israelis and … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor

Posted in Uncategorized by wspotts on July 10, 2010 Edit This Whatever may happen with the rest of the items on the PC(USA) 219th General Assembly Middle East agenda, it has taken definitive action on one thing.  Presbyterians now own … Continue reading

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Where the GA Stands after Committee Work

Posted in Uncategorized by wspotts on July 8, 2010 Edit This At a PC(USA) General Assembly, committees offer recommendations to the entire GA; these recommendations are usually – but not always – accepted. *  Committee 8 rejected the report on … Continue reading

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Committee 14 Update

Posted in Uncategorized by wspotts on July 6, 2010 Edit This Committee 14 has approved the overture from the Presbytery of Chicago calling on the 219th General Assembly to “express its support for the U.S. government policy of carefully vetting … Continue reading

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The GA Grinds On

Posted in Uncategorized by wspotts on July 6, 2010 Edit This Committee 8 has recommended disapproval of the paper, “Christians and Jews:  People of God”. It has not yet revealed its rationale. It will be remembered that this paper has … Continue reading

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Reading the Signs at the PC(USA) GA

Posted in Uncategorized by wspotts on July 6, 2010 Edit This Actions are not “official” actions of the General Assembly (and therefore not “official” PC(USA) policy) until they are voted on during plenary sessions later in the week.  Nonetheless, work … Continue reading

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Quotes from MESC pre-GA Conversation

Posted in Uncategorized by wspotts on July 4, 2010 Edit This “I’m not sure that ‘do no harm’ is a Biblical value.” – Rev. Susan Andrews, former GA Moderator and MESC member “The way the U.S. government supports Israel is … Continue reading

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Presbyterian Fiction #3: the End of Antisemitism

Posted in Uncategorized by wspotts on June 30, 2010 Edit This Antisemitism no longer exists; it is a problem of the past that affects Israelis and Jews as a “psycho-trauma”, but it poses no serious threat today. I first really … Continue reading

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