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March 13, 2008: Where is Everything? Tick, tick, tick.

At the risk of revealing just how technically un-saavy I really am, I cannot find the overtures to this year's General Assembly any longer. They first 30 were posted on the 218th GA site, but are no longer available. Instead, there is a link to "PC-biz." The explanation is:

The assembly will act on hundreds of items of business, which it receives through the reports and recommendations of various assembly entities, and through overtures from synods and presbyteries. This year these reports and recommendations are available electronically through PC-biz.

PC-biz is the name for the electronic system that is the primary way for commissioners, advisory delegates and other participants and observers to access assembly business before, during, and after the assembly. Reports will NOT be printed and mailed in advance.

On the PC-biz site, there is a rotating list of "recent activity." It is being changed daily. Only today is listed. There is no apparent way to get what changed yesterday, nor is there any way to open up what is being posted. What I get when I try to click on the link to the material is, "You do not have access to this component."

I found the original 30 (plus one) posted on PFR's resource site.

By my unofficial count, were are one hundred (100) days out from the convening of the Assembly. That may sound like a long time, but it is not. At one point, I saw a document that indicated there were more than 70 overtures; that was back in mid-February. Where are those overtures?

Look, I recognize that doing on-line stuff takes time to develop. The problem is that the electronic problem is a logistical problem; it is a logistical problem that could have substantial impact on substantive issues. The urgency of doing two years' work is exacerbated if the time to prepare is truncated.

If it is out there and I am missing it, can someone help?

If not: tick, tick, tick.

Anyway, here's one commissioner impatient -- and willing -- to start preparing early.