Since 2002 I have been attending General Assemblies. Kathy Runyeon taught my polity class at SFTS. I caught the bug and became a G.A. Junkie. In my first call after graduating in 2001 worked for a year and a half to include attending G.A. in my Terms of Call. Since then it has been a non-negotiable. In fact, one congregation rescinded their call when negotiations broke down due […]
On Sunday, Tony De La Rosa, Interim Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, reported to the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA) that the PMA is, for the first time in years, balancing its budget without using reserve funds. He announced to commissioners that agency is working hard to revenue trends within the denomination, rather than at “fundraising efforts.” With the denomination continuing to lose members, both through natural attrition (a nice […]
Yesterday a letter was presented at a press conference in support of an overture from the Presbytery of San Francisco calling the entities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to divest from fossil fuel companies. The letter was written by Rick Ufford-Chase, moderator of the 216th General Assembly (2004) and signed by nine former moderators, including the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow and the Rev. Dr. Susan Andrews who spoke at the press […]
Through an extensive nomination process, today the Stated Clerk Nominating Committee officially placed into nomination for Stated Clerk of the General Assembly the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, current director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. The current Stated Clerk, the venerable Rev. Gradye Parsons, sat in his position from which he will stand for the last time this week.
Stated Clerk nominee Rev. David Baker […]
Last night a season emerged in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Two years ago the 221st General Assembly approved a rules change to allow co-moderators of the assembly, rather than a moderator and a vice-moderator. Many churches now have a co-pastor model, and G.A. is now following suit.
RE David Parker responds to questions during the Q&A portion of the General Assembly. (Photo: Eric O. Ledermann)
Two sets […]
The 222nd gathering of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) opened with worship this afternoon. While for many GA222 stared a couple of days ago (especially for staff, vendors, and YAADs), today was the official start.
The moderator of the 221st General Assembly, Dr. Heath Rada, preached a sermon from Genesis 45.1-15, when Joseph reveals himself to his brothers who had sold him into slavery. Moderator Rada called the PC(USA) to […]