OH Brodie Gen Assmbly, Daily Facts, 15 May 1971, p. 2
Omer Brodie, Wendell Wollam to attend general assembly Forty-two United Presbyterians from SouUiland churches — one-half ministers and one-half lay members — have been elected com- misaooers (voting ddegates) to the ISSrd General Assembly, top legislative and policymaking body of Uw 3.2-million- member denomination, which opens Monday in Uie War Memorial Auditorium. Rochester. N.Y. Among the SouUiem California ddegatioo will be four representatives of Riverside Presbytery, distrirt unit made up of 27 diurches wiUi some 14,000 members in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Muusterial ddegates are Uie Rev. Wendell G. Wollam. Yucaipa Valley Presbyterian Churdi, Yucaipa; and Uie Rev. Fred T. Tracy, penitentiary chaplain, of SS21 WohlsteUer St.. Riverside. Lay ddegates are ruling dders Mrs. Elsie Jeffrey, 1262 East EighUi St.. Beaumont (Beaumont Presbyterian Church); and Oma H. Brodie, 336 Brookside avenue. Redlands (First Presbyterian Churdi, Redlands). Representing Uie presbytery as youth advisory ddegate will be David A. Daniels. 1823 No. Olive street. Ridto (BeUiany Presbyterian Church. Rialto). At Uie Assembly, which continues Uirough May 26. Uie Southern Californians will join with some 800 other commissioners dected from Uie church's 192 presbyteries, made up of around 9000 congregations in aU of Uie SO states. In addition ddegates from overseas churches and mission sUtions will attend and partidpate in Uie Assembly. As voting ddegates to Uie highest legislative body of Uie United Presbyterian Churdi in the U.S.A, the commissioners will vote on a broad range of issues involving worship and work by the denomination. Among the matters to be considered Uiis year are a draft plan of union for rejoining the United Presl^^rian Churdi and the southern oasea Presbyterian Church U.S.. proposed statements on "Christian Responsibility for Environmental Renewal." "The Arms Race and Christian Concern," "United Presbyterians and Income Maintenance." "Investinent Policy Guidelines." a proposal on the increased role for women in Uie church, a move to expand Uie participaUon of youth in church government, and plans for expanding Uie church's work on behalf of radal and cultural minorities. Two elections wUl be among Uie highlights. Commissioners mU choose a state derk (chid administrative officer) of the General Assembly for a five- year term. The incumbent suted derk is William P. Thompson. Among the first actions of the Assembly will be the election of a Moderator (presiding officer and highest dected official of Uie church) to succeed Uie Rev. William R. Laws, Jr., of | Columbus, hid. Announced candidates for moderator are Edward C. Logdin of Chicago: the' Rev. John Thompson Peters of Toledo. Ohio; ttie Rev. Paul Newton. Poling of El Paso, Texas; and Mrs. Lois H. Stair of Waukesha, Wis. Mrs. Stair is Uie fust woman since 1963 to sedc Uie post, which never has | been hdd by a woman.