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Everything you'll need to know about ACSWP

Mission Statement

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) serves the prophetic calling of the whole Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by providing the General Assembly with careful studies of pressing moral challenges, media for discussion and discernment of Christian responsibilities, and policy recommendations for faithful action.

What is the role of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy?

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy is responsible for the process of developing and recommending social witness policy to the General Assembly. The term "social witness policy" refers to the positions adopted by the General Assembly to express its stance on and guide response to issues in the public order, including their relation to the church's own life and mission. These positions may take the form of policy statements, resolutions, study papers, or social involvement reports, as defined in the Manual of the General Assembly, Guidelines and Policies of the General Assembly, p. 55-58.

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Who sits on the ACSWP?

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) is a twelve-member committee, which represents a cross-section of members from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is elected by the General Assembly. Three members also serve on the General Assembly Mission Council. Current ACSWP members are:


Christine M. DardenChristine M. Darden (Co-chair)
Elder, Hampton, VA
Presbytery of Eastern Virginia, Synod of Mid-Atlantic.



Jean Demmler

Jean Demmler
Member, Denver, CO





Linda Eastwood





Rachel EggebeenRachael Eggebeen
Member, Tucson, AZ
Presbytery of deCristo, Synod of The Southwest.




Marsha FowlerMarsha Fowler
Minister, professor, Altadena, CA
Presbytery of San Gabriel, Synod of So. California



Kevin Richard JohnsonKevin Richard Johnson
Minister, Detroit, MI
Presbytery of Detroit, Synod of the Covenant



Mary C. Jorgenson





Eric MountEric Mount

Minister, professor, Danville, KY

Presbytery of Transylvania, Synod of Living Waters



Kathryn PoethigKathryn Poethig
Member, professor, Watsonville, CA
Presbytery of New York City, Synod of the Northeast



Raymond RobertsRaymond R. Roberts
Minister, Westfield, NJ
Presbytery of Elizabeth, Synod of the Northeast




Noelle Royer





Steven Webb 





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What is the relationship between the ACSWP and the Advocacy Committees?

To ensure advocacy and monitoring functions in the areas of Racial Ethnic Ministries and Women’s Ministries, the General Assembly Mission Council provides for the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns (ACREC) and the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (ACWC). These two advocacy committees work in close consultation and cooperation with the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP). All three groups have direct access to the General Assembly and the General Assembly Mission Council, and their work is coordinated through the General Assembly Mission Council by the Office of the Executive Director.

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Who are the liaisons to the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy?

Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns (to be determined)

Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (to be determined)

In addition, the following staff are liaisons to the ACSWP


Sara LishernessSara Lisherness,
Compassion Peace and Justice



Mark KoenigMark Koenig
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations



J. Herbert Nelson IIJ. Herbert Nelson
Office of Public Witness, Washington, DC



Catherine GordonCatherine Gordon
Associate for International Issues
Office of Public Witness, Washington, DC



Nora LecceseNora Leccese
Interim Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Issues
Office of Public Witness, Washington, D.C.



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Office of the General Assembly

Vernon BroylesVernon Broyles
Representative for Public Witness



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Christian IossoChristian T. Iosso



Ginna BaribyGinna Bairby
Managing Editor, Unbound, and Social Witness Associate




Peggy DahmerPeggy Dahmer
Administrative Assistant




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How do we relate ecumenically with partners?

In addition, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a Formula of Agreement relationship with three other denominations in the United States. They are:

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA): Chicago, Illinois.

Reformed Church of America (RCA): New York City, New York.

United Church of Christ (UCC): Cleveland, Ohio.

Information on the UCC resolutions going to the 2003 General Synod.

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Social witness policy is never developed in a vacuum without listening to the voices of and involving ecumenical partners. For your convenience, we link with their social witness policy web pages. Some of our traditional ecumenical partners include: