GA News: Assembly remembers Ben Lacy Rose

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.

GA News: Door may be opening to ordaining gays and lesbians?

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. 

GA News: One more day

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!

GA News: Mission Initiative campaign announces surprise $33 million

SAN JOSE — In a surprise report June 26 to the 218th General Assembly, the Mission Initiative: Joining Hearts and Hands [] (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.