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General Assembly 222 closes with recognitions and updates

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 10:28

Budgets reflect per-capita allocations, Mission Agency objectives

June 25, 2016

Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson addresses the last plenary session —Michael Whitman

General Assembly News

Gregg Brekke

Portland

Including actions taken during the 222nd General Assembly (2016), which adjourned Saturday, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) per capita apportionment for 2017 will be $7.50 and $7.73 for 2018.

General Assembly 222 concludes with worship

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 10:13

Portland gathering of PC(USA) challenged to take faith to the streets

June 25, 2016

Worship leaders address plenary during closing worship —Michael Whitman

General Assembly News

Gregg Brekke

Portland

Encouraged by the charge of Co-Moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston that the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting would end at the end of closing worship, commissioners, advocates and guests joined in enthusiastically singing “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” as the final service of the assembly began.

PC(USA) leaders issue post-General Assembly letter to the church

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 08:17

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3

June 25, 2016

Portland

Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a new season in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as witnessed by the actions of the 222nd General Assembly (2016). The body of 594 commissioners who gathered June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon, elected Co-Moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, and J. Herbert Nelson as the Stated Clerk. Both were historic, and both signal a new way forward for our church.

GA turns back move to divest from fossil-fuel firms

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:35

Opponents say maintaining investments gives PC(USA) more clout

June 25, 2016

GA attendees line up at a microphone during plenary. —Michael Whitman

General Assembly News

Mike Ferguson

Portland

The Presbyterian Church (U.SA.) will continue its investment in fossil-fuel companies after overwhelmingly turning back an overture Friday to begin divestment immediately. Instead, it will continue the process of selective, phased, divestment that begins with full corporate engagement.

California pastor instructs worshipers: “Be reconciled to GOD. Now.”

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:17

June 25, 2016

Communion service during morning worship. —Michael Whitman

General Assembly News

Eva Stimson

Portland

Reconciliation has vertical and horizontal dimensions—and “the vertical orients the horizontal,” Jerry Andrews, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in San Diego, told Presbyterians gathered for worship on Friday, the final full day of the 222nd General Assembly (2016).

World church leaders hail J. Herbert Nelson’s election as Stated Clerk of the PC(USA)

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:15

June 25, 2016

General Assembly News

Jerry Van Marter

Portland

It didn’t take long for the kudos to start pouring in Friday after the 222nd General Assembly (2016) elected J.Herbert Nelson as the PC(USA)’s new Stated Clerk, the highest ecclesial office in the 1.5-million-member denomination.

Assembly affirms centrality of Peacemaking in Christian faith

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 06:52

June 25, 2016

Tim Tripp waits to speak during plenary —Danny Bolin

General Assembly News

Bob Sloan

Portland

After a six-year discernment process throughout the denomination, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved on Friday a lengthy report underscoring the centrality of peacemaking to Christian faith and promising to “practice boldly the things that make for peace.”

Third generation Presbyterian pastor elected Stated Clerk of PC(USA)

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:16

J. Herbert Nelson becomes first black to lead nation's largest Reformed body

June 24, 2016

Rev. Gail Porter Nelson with husband, the newly installed Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson —Danny Bolin

General Assembly News

Mike Ferguson

Portland

J. Herbert Nelson was overwhelmingly elected Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in an historic vote Friday, becoming the first black man selected as the top ecclesial officer of the nation's largest Reformed body, a largely white denomination.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk issues statement on Supreme Court DAPA case - Korean

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 09:30

June 24, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Portland

미국 장로교 정서기가 대법원 DAPA 소송에 대한 성명서를 발표하다

포괄적인 이민 개혁이 없는 상태에서, 1천 1백만 명의 사람들이 매일 아침 일어나면서 그들이 가족과 함께 머물 수 있을지, 계속해서 직장에 나가며 학교에 갈 수 있을지, 안정된 장소에서만 태동될 수 있는 꿈들을 꿀 수 있을지를 염려하고 있습니다. 어린 시절에 이 나라에 도착한 자들에 대한 유예 조치(DACA)의 확장 및 부모들에 대한 유예 조치(DAPA)의 통과는 5백만 명의 사람들로부터 이러한 걱정을 덜어주었을 것입니다. 나는 하나님의 자녀들에게 이러한 자비를 베푸는데 실패한 대법원의 결정에 대단히 실망했습니다. 

Assembly re-confirms leaders of Presbyterian Publishing, PILP

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 09:16

June 24, 2016

Linda Lee and Todd Wright deliver the BoP, PILP, PPC and Foundation report during plenary. —Danny Bolin

General Assembly News

Bob Sloan

Portland

Recognizing his efforts to make the Presbyterian Publishing Corp. an online bookseller, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) confirmed Marc Lewis for a third term Thursday to lead the agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

‘This is not the time to lose hope’

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:46

Preacher says PC(USA) must insist that down is not out

June 24, 2016

Communion service during daily worship. —Michael Whitman

General Assembly News

Bob Sloan

Portland

As God’s people arrived at the table during the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), they were greeted Thursday with a service whose theme was the oft-told parable of the Good Samaritan.

GA expresses ‘regret’ for harm to LGBTQ/Q members, ‘sorrow’ to those who have left inclusive church

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:30

June 24, 2016

General Assembly News

Erin Cox-Holmes

Portland

Declining a proposal to admit to and apologize for harming the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community,   commissioners to the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.) instead opted to express deep regret for ways that those minorities of “God’s beloved children” have been led to feel that they stand outside the grace of God and are unwelcome in  the denomination.

Plenary hall becomes a sea of T’s celebrating mission

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:01

Commissioners tuck in tails, puff out chests, swap memories

June 24, 2016

Commissioners stand together on Mission T-shirt Day. —Danny Bolin

General Assembly News

Mike Ferguson

Portland

Lisa Miller wore her church’s welcome in giant letters that commissioners all around the plenary hall could read easily: “Mi Casa Es Su Casa.”

Hans Hallundbaek sported a mission that he cares deeply  about – prison ministry – on his chest: a picture of Jesus, with the caption: “What is your prison?”

Commission created to deal with PC(USA) structural issues

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:18

Will consult with ‘2020 Vision Team,’ all-agency review panel

June 24, 2016

Commissioners during plenary. —Michael Whitman

General Assembly News

Jerry Van Marter

Portland

Several recommendations that would have changed the structure and operation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) were rejected Thursday by the 222nd General Assembly (2016). Commissioners instead adopted a compromise plan that would create a vision team and a separate administrative commission to address those matters.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk issues statement on Supreme Court DAPA case

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:49

June 23, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Portland

In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, 11 million among us go to sleep every night and wake up every morning wondering if they will be able to remain with their family, continue to work and go to school, and dream the dreams that can only be birthed from a place of stability. The expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the creation of Deferred Action for Parents would have alleviated this worry for five million people. I am deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court’s decision fails to extend this mercy to the children of God.

With repentance and resolve, Assembly vows to keep children safe

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:55

Parsons offers heartfelt apology for failures of the past

June 23, 2016

Commissioners prepare to vote on assembly business. —Danny Bolin

General Assembly News

Erin Cox-Holmes

Portland

With tears and prayer – and a remarkable apology from Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons – the 222nd General Assembly(2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Wednesday unanimously passed a comprehensive policy to protect children, youth and vulnerable adults.

A place for the still, small voice in the midst of GA cacophony

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:40

June 23, 2016

The prayer room. —Michael Whitman

General Assembly News

John A. Bolt

Portland

General Assemblies can be tough, even for folks who have experienced many. Some of the issues challenge your faith; some of the people challenge your patience; some of the locations challenge your body.

Assembly approves new directory for worship

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:26

Revision now goes to presbyteries for ratification

June 23, 2016

Mindy Douglas speaks during plenary. —Danny Bolin

General Assembly News

Jerry Van Marter

Portland

A slimmer, less restrictive Directory for Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was overwhelming approved Wednesday by the 222nd General Assembly (2016).

Burke, Va., Presbyterian Church honored

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:20

June 23, 2016

General Assembly News

General Assembly News Staff

Portland

Burke (Virginia) Presbyterian Church was awarded the Nancy Jennings Award from the Presbyterians for Disability Concerns during the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The award recognizes exemplary efforts of affirmation, support and advocacy for the gifts, rights, and responsibilities of persons with disabilities in the life of the church.

Dependent-care policy makes GA more family-friendly

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:03

June 23, 2016

From left: Thaddeus Bolt, Heidi Bolt (commissioner). —Greg Bolt

General Assembly News

Greg Bolt

Portland

General Assembly is a family affair for Greg and Heidi Bolt, pastors from Nebraska who came to Portland with their children, 6-year-old Sophia and 4-year-old Thaddeus.

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