What is ISSUES?
ISSUES first appeared as a daily commentary on events at the 1967 General Convention. Conceived in the living room of the late theologian William Stringfellow, ISSUES began as a voice for three organizations concerned for the mission and renewal of the Church; the Church Society for College Work, the Overseas Mission Society, and the National Industrial Mission. At succeeding General Conventions, a shifting group of organizations and movements in the Church have banded together to create ISSUES and to collaborate on a common commitment to call the Church to its witness in the name of Christ.
Under the banner of The Consultation, leaders of the organizations listed above have met to think together about this 77th General Convention. They agree on a range of concerns urgent for the mission and witness of the Church, and have presented them as a platform to put before the Convention. Needless to say the organizations - and those affiliated with them - do not coincide on all matters, but they strongly agree that the concerns raised herein must be an important part of our deliberations here.
Matt Stewart, ISSUES Staff