SAN JOSE – In a vote reflecting how divided the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continues to be, the 218th General Assembly recommended by a narrow margin that the denomination change its constitution to remove the impediments that have been disallowing the ordination of sexually-active gays and lesbians.
SAN JOSE — The 218th General Assembly paused before lunch Thursday (June 26) to remember the Rev. Ben Lacy Rose, moderator of the 111th General Assembly (1971) of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. Rose died in Richmond, Va., Nov. 13, 2006.
SAN JOSE, Cal. -- Commissioners to the 218th General Assembly have voted to change the denomination’s constitution to approve the ordination of gay and lesbian persons, a change that will require ratification by a majority of the 173 regional presbyteries over the next year.
SAN JOSE — Two years ago while attending the 217th General Assembly meeting in Birmingham, Ala., I wrote a short piece about living each day with the sobering diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Quite frankly, I didn’t expect to be here in San Jose, nor did I think I’d be writing another epistle about me!
SAN JOSE — In a surprise report June 26 to the 218th General Assembly, the Mission Initiative: Joining Hearts and Hands [www.pcusa.org/joiningheartsandhands] (MIJHH) honorary campaign chair, the Rev. Tom Gillespie, announced that the campaign had raised pledges totaling $33 million as it nears the end of the $40 million effort to renew the church for mission.
SAN JOSE, June 26, 2008 — Near the end of her remarks at the Presbyterian Writers Guild (PWG) luncheon June 26, Marj Carpenter said, “I like to write so much that I feel sorry for people who never get to write.”