Friday, June 3, 2016

A Letter to My Readers


It has been the purpose of this blog to present an "insider's guide" to the upcoming 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

I know that many have appreciated my posts and have expressed their gratitude for insights gained.

It has never been my intention to represent any opinions I might have expressed as representative of anyone other than myself, and certainly not that of the Advisory Committee on the Constitution. Nor has it been my intention to comment on the merits of any item of business before the Assembly, but simply to provide information that might not be available to the reader unfamiliar with the history and operation of the denomination.

Nevertheless, I am currently a member of the Advisory Committee on the Constitution (by moderatorial appointment, pending election), and did serve on the Advisory Committee on the Constitution from 2006 to 2012 - a period in which several of the issues before this Assembly originated.

I have been graciously reminded that as a member of the ACC I am to avoid any comment that might be interpreted as speaking for the ACC, or that might give the appearance of influencing the independent judgment of commissioners.

For that reason, the list of the "Top Ten Issues" before the Assembly has been removed, and no more will be forthcoming. I have not yet been informed whether it would be appropriate to continue the blog during the Assembly, as I have for each Assembly since 2008.

I apologize to any who might have found my posts inappropriate, and to my colleagues on the ACC for any reproach I might have brought to the Committee.

In Christ's Service,

Dan Saperstein


  1. I can understand, but as a first time attendee AND an elected commissioner I've valued your posts. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and am struggling through the issues and everything being sent to me. Have much respect for those of you seasoned veterans who can susinctly address what we have to do. Thx:)

  2. Gosh, Dan! I've just found this and now it is over? Darn! FB stand off continues ... Lynn Hargrove

  3. Your work has been a mighty contribution to the success of each Assembly,, and a help to interested commissioners, Dan. Thanks for your commitment to Christ's Church!

  4. Found it so enlightening and helpful. Will miss the thoughts and appreciate the wisdom that could be found while the Top 10 was up.