GA News

May 20, 2022

As the clock ticks toward the opening of the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly met for its last monthly meeting before the Assembly begins on June 18. Most of the meeting was spent going over preparations from the opening of a new conference center to precautions against infection from the Covid virus.



May 6, 2022

Leader Briefing II for committee moderators and vice-moderators of the 225th General Assembly took place online Tuesday and Wednesday, with more than 100 participants hearing from GA staff and applying their learning to the drafting and submitting of committee agendas through PC-Biz.



April 26, 2022

The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly recently got its first look at the new conference space currently under development at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. The soon-to-be-completed first-floor renovation will be host to the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this summer as part of its hybrid gathering June 18–July 9.



April 22, 2022

So far, so good. That was the report from the COVID-19 advisory panel that is keeping an eye on variants of the virus as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) moves toward its first-ever hybrid General Assembly this summer. The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly got an update during the final day of its three-day spring meeting in Louisville.



April 20, 2022

For the first time in more than two years, several members of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly gathered in person this week with Office of the General Assembly leadership for its regular spring meeting. The hybrid gathering was held in Louisville near the Presbyterian Center with half taking part via Zoom. It was the first time the group met together since its winter meeting in Baltimore in 2020 right before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.



April 18, 2022

The Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconciliation has issued its final report in advance of this summer’s 225th General Assembly, when commissioners and advisory delegates will consider its 11 recommendations.



April 5, 2022

It took a while to get there, but two sets of candidates have announced their intentions to stand for Co-Moderators of the 225th General Assembly. The first to announce were Josefina Ahumada, a commissioned ruling elder from the Presbytery de Cristo, and the Rev. Marilyn McKelvey Tucker-Marek, a minister with Flint River Presbytery. The second team is the Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.



March 22, 2022

As preparations are underway for the PC(USA)’s historic first hybrid General Assembly, the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) looks back at previous General Assemblies that have shaped or impacted the direction of the Church.



March 17, 2022

Leader Briefing for the 225th General Assembly kicked off Tuesday and Wednesday with national church staff and denominational leaders welcoming recently appointed committee moderators and vice moderators to their Assembly assignments and beginning the detailed orientation process.



February 18, 2022

In 120 days, the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will open. Entities, commissions, and committees of the General Assembly have until 11:59 p.m. to submit their final reports, papers, and overtures. The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) wasted no time on Thursday going over a short list of items during its monthly call.



February 15, 2022

An economic justice initiative inspired by the PC(USA) working to combat racism and racial privilege will be getting support at the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this summer. The Rev. Gregory Bentley and Ruling Elder Elona Street-Stewart, Co-Moderators of the 224th General Assembly, recommended that the offering taken during opening worship go to Restorative Actions.



February 14, 2022

PC(USA) Committees on Representation formed after the reunion General Assembly of 1983, to ensure that the new denomination’s mid councils, assembly committees and national agencies prioritized diverse leadership. A motivating concern in the 1980s was the merger of all-Black mid councils into majority white presbyteries.  



February 9, 2022

With just over four months until the opening of the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), church leaders are continuing to fine-tune plans for the historic hybrid gathering. The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly is meeting online this week for its annual winter meeting and received several updates during its Tuesday session.



January 21, 2022

On Thursday members of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) continued their monthly discussions about plans for this summer’s hybrid assembly.



January 19, 2022

The worship planning team for the 225th General Assembly has completed its list of worship leaders for this summer’s hybrid gathering, pairing preachers with highlighted Scripture and the GA225 theme of “From Lament to Hope.”



December 17, 2021

Members of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly got their first look at the draft list of committees for the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Thursday. During its monthly call, the list of 18 was presented for review.



December 15, 2021

Monday, December 20 will mark 180 days until the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It’s also the deadline in which commissioner and advisory delegate names are due from presbyteries to the Office of the General Assembly.



November 23, 2021

Producing the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will cost significantly less than in-person Assemblies, but the investment in technology as well as provisions for the in-person committee meetings will still carry a hefty price tag.

As with past Assemblies, there are sponsorship opportunities available to agencies, entities and other organizations that work closely with the Church, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.



November 19, 2021

The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly continues to open opportunities to expand the voices to be heard at the 225th General Assembly next year. During its monthly call, the committee approved a proposal aimed at giving more commissioners and advisory delegates an opportunity to speak up on issues before taking a vote.



November 15, 2021

Current and future moderators across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) got an overview of what to expect when the denomination’s first hybrid Assembly convenes next summer. Leaders with the Office of the General Assembly presented an update on plans for the 225th gathering during a Friday night breakout session at the Moderators’ Conference.



November 10, 2021

This coming spring the 16-member General Assembly Nominating Committee will prepare its slate of new nominations and re-nominations for 29 boards, commission, and committees for election by the 225th General Assembly meeting in June 2022. The Committee’s moderator, the Reverend Sonya McAuley-Allen, encourages those who may feel called or are questioning whether or not God may be calling them to elected service — people like you — to consider the possibility.



October 26, 2021

Lessons learned from the all-virtual General Assembly in 2020 are quickly evolving into lessons applied as preparations for 2022 continue to ramp up. The staff in Global Language Resources (GLR) are planning to capitalize on the ways modern technology can greatly enhance their commitment to language hospitality.



October 26, 2021

2020 년 온전히 온라인으로 주최되었던 총회는 많은 교훈을 남겼다. 교단은 이러한 교훈을 바탕으로 2022년 총회 준비에 박차를 가하고 있다. 글로벌 언어지원부(Global Language Resources, GLR)는 언어를 통해 총회 참석자들을 환대하기 위해 현대적인 기술을 활용할 계획이다.



October 26, 2021

Las lecciones aprendidas de la Asamblea General virtual en 2020 están evolucionando rápidamente hacia lecciones aplicadas a medida que los preparativos para 2022 continúan aumentando. El personal de los Recursos Lingüísticos Globales (GLR por sus siglas en inglés) está planeando capitalizar las formas en que la tecnología moderna puede mejorar en gran medida su compromiso con la hospitalidad lingüística.



October 22, 2021

Commissioners and advisory delegates who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color will have opportunities to meet as a group both personally and virtually at the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) approved a recommendation at its monthly meeting on Thursday.



October 20, 2021

The Presbytery of the Northwest Coast recently voted overwhelmingly to approve an overture for 225th General Assembly that addresses an act of historic injustice in Alaska: the 1963 closing of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Juneau.



September 30, 2021

The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) concluded its three-day fall meeting Wednesday with a series of votes about General Assembly 225 (GA 225).

The committee also discussed plans for assemblies beyond next summer and recruiting and orienting future COGA members.



September 28, 2021

The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) opened its virtual fall meeting on Monday with a lot to discuss. Planning for the 225th General Assembly took up a bulk of business on the first of the three-day meeting.



September 17, 2021

Organizers for the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) knew there would be challenges in planning for a hybrid event. The three-week block of time necessary for committee meetings and virtual plenaries next year has created some headaches for mid council leaders as they seek those willing to serve as commissioners and advisory delegates.



August 23, 2021

The COVID 19 pandemic has turned everything upside down when it comes to worship, ministry, and the opportunity to gather as a large body of believers.

As preparations continue toward the hybrid meeting of the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Joseph Chu, stated clerk of the Eastern Korean American Presbytery, reminds us that everyone should have a seat at the table at next year’s special gathering.



August 20, 2021

As the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approaches another historic General Assembly next year, church leaders are making sure that all voices are heard across the denomination. In its monthly meeting on Thursday, the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly received updates on the planning as well as efforts to make this a more inclusive gathering.



August 9, 2021

The PC(USA) meeting team that hosted the first online General Assembly last summer has now helped two other Reformed denominations with major online gatherings: the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) General Assembly 146 and the United Church of Christ (UCC) General Synod 33.



July 15, 2021

The 225th General Assembly is still a year away, but leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Office of the General Assembly are already looking at how worship will fit into a hybrid gathering. While details are still to be worked out, those participating in recent planning meetings want to look at new ways to incorporate worship into the Assembly.



June 18, 2021

By a 6–5 count, the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) has voted to ask the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to waive the travel ban and allow the group to hold a hybrid gathering for its fall meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Sept. 27–29. If given permission, those who choose to participate in person will travel to the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, while those who choose to stay home will connect virtually.



May 21, 2021

While the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is still over a year away, members of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) have been looking ahead to what might be in store when the Assembly gathers again in 2024.



April 16, 2021

La lista de asuntos para la 225ª Asamblea General de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.) ha sido confirmado y continúan las conversaciones sobre lo que sucede para la 226ª reunión en 2024. El jueves fue un intenso último día para el Comité de la Oficina de la Asamblea General durante su reunión virtual de primavera de tres días.



April 16, 2021

제 225회 미국장로교 총회 안건 목록은 확정되었고 2024년 제 226회 총회에 대한 대화가 계속되고 있다.  3일 간의 화상 회의 중 하루였던 지난 목요일, 총회 사무국 위원회는 무척 바쁜 하루를 보냈다.



April 16, 2021

The docket for the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been confirmed and conversations continue about what happens for the 226th gathering in 2024. Thursday was a busy final day for the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly during its virtual three-day spring meeting.



April 15, 2021

Last year at this time, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was scrambling to pull together a completely virtual General Assembly gathering. They had four months to do it. While a large part of the scheduled business was delayed two years, the Assembly was held, and the church moved on.



March 19, 2021

The 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is still more than a year away, but plans are well under way for the denomination’s hybrid gathering. The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) is knee-deep into working on how to combine in-person committee meetings with online plenaries and how to conduct those at the Church’s Louisville office.



March 3, 2021

The third round of dialogue between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Episcopal Church continued last week. The two denominations have been conducting bilateral dialogue since 2000 in an effort to deepen ties and work together.  



January 22, 2021

The 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) may be a year and a half away and the dates may not be finalized, but that hasn’t stopped the planning process. The Office of the General Assembly has been working since last summer to determine what the next gathering will look like.

The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) voted in December to move toward a hybrid format in 2022, with in-person committee meetings to be held in Louisville and plenaries to be conducted online.



January 20, 2021

Like other Christian denominations, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has had to learn to rely on technology and other means to be church in the 21st century, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past year, the Office of the General Assembly has heard from numerous presbytery leaders and churches on how the virus has prompted them to find new, creative ways to conduct ministry.



January 19, 2021

Stating a desire for transparency with the greater Church, the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) on Tuesday released a process report, outlining the decision to change plans for the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).



January 12, 2021

The 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is approximately 18 months away, and work is already underway to determine what that assembly will look like.



December 4, 2020

The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) has approved a plan to change the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2022. The new plan is to hold an assembly that will include both in-person and online meetings as well as a change in location of the gathering.



August 24, 2020

With the 224th General Assembly (2020) in the history books, leaders in the Office of the General Assembly have begun to look at how future church gatherings will be held. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, church leaders were forced to pull together an online assembly in June.



May 26, 2022


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