—PCUSA Moderator and Seminary’s Office of Continuing Education will host national Colloquium on Ecclesiology December 9–11 and Conversation on Unity with Difference December 11–13; participate on-site or online—

Princeton, NJ, November 4, 2013–Moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA’s 220th General Assembly Neal Presa will lead two churchwide conversations in December hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary, of which Presa is a 2004 Master’s of Theology graduate.


neal presa press releaseThe Colloquium on Ecclesiology on December 9–11 invites Presbyterians and other Christians to a national conversation to consider Jesus Christ’s enduring call to the church to be both a gathered and sent community in the midst of the fast-paced changes in church and society.

Rather than responding to such change by restructuring or “tinkering with rules and procedures,” Presa says the church must be “continually shaped and informed by a theological framework whose center and circumference is the One encountered in Word and Sacrament and in the daily life of the Gospel from Monday to Saturday.”

To help lead the colloquium, he has invited church leaders, pastors, and scholars to present papers on the nature of the church and its worship and mission. Presenters will include Martha Moore-Keish, Frank Yamada, Joseph Small III, John Burgess, Robina Winbush, Corey Widmer, and Jerry Andrews. A member of the Princeton Theological Seminary community will respond to each paper. Click here for more information about the leaders and to download papers.

The Conversation on Unity with Difference on December 11–13 will focus generally on the nature of confessions and confessional authority in the Reformed tradition, and specifically how they relate to the church’s current discussion on marriage. Those presenting papers for the conversation include Cynthia Rigby, Martha Moore-Keish, Kevin Park, Joseph Small III, Barry Ensign-George, Charles Wiley, and Bill Schlesinger. There will be roundtable discussions after each presentation. Click here for more information about the leaders.

Both events are open to the public, either as participants on-site (in the Cooper Conference Room at the Seminary’s Erdman Center) and via live streaming on the web, and will be recorded for archival purposes. Click here to register. The Twitter feed will also take comments and questions.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.