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‘nFOGging’ the General Assembly
If you’re a “GA junkie,” book now for the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Portland, Ore. in 2016. It will be significantly different from its 221 predecessors if changes to the Standing Rules being proposed by the Committee to Review Biennial Assemblies (CRBA) are approved by this year’s Assembly in Detroit.
Among the committee’s recommendations ― which will go the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) in mid-February for review and adoption before going to Detroit in mid-June for final approval and implementation in 2016 ― are:
- The option to elect co-moderators of the General Assembly (currently a moderator is elected, who then appoints the vice-moderator, subject to confirmation by the Assembly)
- The option to appoint a limited number of assembly committee moderators who are not current commissioners but who have been commissioners to one of the three previous assemblies.
- The option to not assign all commissioners to assembly committees.
Other CRBA recommendations would reduce the number of theological student advisory delegates roughly in half from 23 to about 12; reduce the speaking time for commissioners and advisory delegates in plenary from three minutes to two; and expand the use of the consent agenda to handle non-controversial business.
Other changes ― such as beginning the entire Assembly with worship, retooling commissioner orientation, and slating one plenary for informal discussion of major issues rather than formal debate ― will be implemented at the Detroit Assembly.
Full article at: http://www.pcusa.org/news/2014/1/9/nfogging-general-assembly/
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Editor, Rev. Tom Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo but Taught Us to Live Like Jesus (Skylight Paths, 2011).
by C. K. Robertson, Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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