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GA 2010: Overture advocates urge end of New FoG

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The Form of Government Revision committee began hearing from overture advocates today at the 219th General Assembly meeting here. Criticism of the proposed FoG included “consider the cost,” comparisons to an uncooked, diseased pig and the prospect that the new FoG will be a “litigator’s dream.”

GA 2010: Outlook honors Syngman Rhee

MINNEAPOLIS – The Presbyterian Outlook honored Syngman Rhee with the Ernest Trice Thompson Award at its 219th General Assembly banquet here yesterday (July 3). The presentation came after the attendees heard brief speeches by the six candidates for moderator. The moderatorial election came six hours after the luncheon banquet adjourned.

[caption id="attachment_21916" align="alignright" width="270"]Syngman Rhee holds up E.T.Thompson Award. Jack Haberer, Outlook editor, and Laura Mendenhall, Outlook board member, look on.[/caption]

GA 2010: Bolbach elected moderator on fourth ballot; Whitsitt is vice moderator

MINNEAPOLIS – After four rounds of voting and some worry about technical difficulties with the electronic voting keypads, the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) elected as its moderator Cynthia Bolbach, a lawyer and the only elder in a six-person field.

            Bolbach – tall, plain-spoken, with a crisp sense of humor – brings to the office decades of experience in church life, from the congregational to the national levels of the denomination.[caption id="attachment_21910" align="alignright" width="426"]Cynthia Bolbach, newly elected moderator, addresses the General Assembly in Minneapolis. Photo by Erin Dunigan.[/caption]

            She has served as a deacon and clerk of session for her congregation, First Church in Arlington, Va., as well as moderator of National Capital Presbytery, chair of the presbytery’s Committee on Ministry and its interim general presbyter. She also serves as co-moderator of the Form of Government Task Force, that is bringing to this assembly a proposal – four years in the making – to streamline and make more flexible the denomination’s Form of Government.

            After the fourth ballot, the candidate with the second-highest number of votes was Julia Leeth, a pastor from California, who earlier in the evening said she guessed she might be among the most conservative of the candidates.

 In that final ballot, Bolbach received 325 votes (51 percent) and Leeth 148 votes (23 percent). But Bolbach led from the start, winning 149 votes (30 percent) in the first ballot – with things splitting neatly from there, with four of the other five candidates drawing from 71 to 76 votes apiece that time around.

GA 2010: Pre-GA conversation explores civil unions, Christian marriage report

Six members of the General Assembly Special Committee on Civil Union and Christian Marriage – two of whom were authors of a minority report from that committee – presented the special committee’s findings and fielded questions from a group of 150 commissioners and advisory delegates on July 3, at one of the Riverside Conversations that preceeded the formal opening of the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Many of those who attended the session were Young Adult Advisory Delegates.

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