Tag Archives: General Assembly

Joy: 13 May 2014

Joy

1 April 2010
Colombia

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Serve: 12 May 2014

Serve

24 May 2011
International Ecumenical Peace Convocation
University of the West Indies, Jamaica

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Life: 11 May 2014

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1 October 2011
Poster seen at First Presbyterian Church, Wooster
, OH
while doing a presentation.

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Justice: 10 May 2014

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3 July 2011
Advocacy Workshop, Big Tent
Indianapolis, IN

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Faithful – 9 May 2014

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9 September 2013
Church Center for the United Nations
Manhattan, New York

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Seek – 8 May 2014

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26 October 2009
Ghost Ranch
Abiquiu, New Mexico

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Journey: 7 May 2014

Journey

25 January 2014
George Washington Bridge

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Begin: 6 May 2014

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Day 1 at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

The desk has never been this clean since.

This marks my first entry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) photo-a-day journey to our General Assembly.

4 October 2010
Manhattan, New York

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) photo-a-day journey

PCUSA photoAday-2I spotted this on the Facebook page of my friend Larissa Kwong Abazia.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds its biennial General Assembly in Detroit this June. Larissa stands (Presbyterians don’t run) for vice-moderator.

But she offers this invitation to all Presbyterians:

Calling all Presbyterians! Join in a photo-a-day journey as we prepare for the PC(USA) General Assembly. I invite you to celebrate who we are and who we want to become, no matter who you’re supporting for moderator of GA. Let’s have fun in the next forty days as we seek to serve our Church together. Pass it along! #journeytoGA #pcusa

I plan to give it a try. I invite you to join us.

See you along the Trail.

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Gee, but it’s good to be back home – in a sense

The Trail has brought me to Pittsburgh for the meeting of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The PC(USA), as it is known, is my employer.

I lived on Neville Island – seven miles downstream from the Point in Pittsburgh – where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers give birth to the Ohio River – until I was 9 or 10 years old (memory fades). In a sense, this is home.

Here’s what’s up with the Assembly:

The 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) began yesterday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Find a variety of ways to follow the business of the General Assembly (the next few days are spent in committees – we are Presbyterian).

The General Assembly consists of commissioners elected by presbyteries. Half of the commissioners will be Ministers of Word and Sacrament, half will be elders. Few will ever have been commissioners to the General Assembly before, but most will have served in one of the other governing bodies of our church: the session, which provides care and oversight of a local congregation; the presbytery, which provides care and oversight of a group of congregations; or the synod which provides care and oversight of several presbyteries.

It reviews the work of synods, resolves controversies in the church, is responsible for matters of common concern for the whole church, and serves as a symbol of unity for the church.

The General Assembly has several specific responsibilities outlined in Chapter 3 of the Book of Order. The assembly seeks to protect our church from errors in faith and practice, is responsible for assuring that the expression of our theology remains true to the biblical standards in our historic confessions. The General Assembly presents a witness for truth and justice in our community and in the world community. It sets priorities for the church and establishes relationships with other churches or ecumenical bodies.

What this does not say is how much of my life this event has consumed and will consume. It is so consuming that it will likely slow down my blogging some.

See you around the Trail.

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