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226th general assembly (2024)

Telling the feature stories around GA226

Plenary sessions didn’t provide all the news coming out of the 226th General Assembly this week. Reporters and videographers found feature stories both inside and outside the Salt Palace Convention Center. Among them were these 10.

Guns to Gardens event coming to General Assembly on Sunday in Salt Lake City

As the nation reels from mass shootings, local Presbyterians have joined with other faith communities to mark Gun Violence Prevention Month by “Wear Orange” events and Guns to Gardens safe surrender days, most held in church parking lots. The June gun violence prevention activities will culminate in Salt Lake City on Sunday with a Guns to Gardens demonstration as the PC(U.S.A.) gathers for its 226th General Assembly.

What do the Standing Rules have to say about telegrams?

In a video made earlier this month, members of the Special Committee on Standing Rules of the General Assembly discussed their work and the changes they’re proposing for committee and plenary consideration at the 226th General Assembly.

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship to hold its online General Assembly Peace Breakfast Saturday

Where can you hear from a true peacemaker in the Middle East, enjoy cutting-edge music, honor a beloved hymn writer and eat your cereal? You can do all that and more on Saturday via Zoom at the Peace Breakfast of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Held for every Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly for many decades, the Peace Breakfast will start at 8 a.m. Pacific Time, 9 a.m. Mountain Time, 10 a.m. Central Time and 11 a.m. Eastern Time. It’s strictly BYOB — Bring Your Own Breakfast.

Funding Model Development Team co-moderators take to the airwaves to explain their work to date

This month’s webinar put on by the co-moderators of the Funding Model Development Team laid out the work completed so far on the team’s General Assembly mandate to “develop and implement experiments that will fund councils of the church, above the session, that will be consistent with the identified values and adaptive challenges of the mid councils.”

First GA town hall is a how-to for Creation care at the local level

During the first town hall offered Thursday by the Office of the General Assembly ahead of the 226th General Assembly, more than 30 Presbyterians gathered online to, as host Jessica Maudlin said, “engage with each other about your experiences with Creation care and climate change in your context.”

‘Olympia Overture’ opponents make their case

Following publication of this story by Presbyterian News Service on the LGBTQIA+ Equity Advocacy Committee’s response to a petition opposing POL-1, commonly known as the Olympia Overture, which will first be considered by the Polity Committee during the 226th General Assembly, PNS invited a response by the Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier and the Rev. Alan Dyer, who authored this open letter opposing the overture.

LGBTQIA+ Equity Advocacy Committee responds to pastors’ petition on the Olympia Overture

As the PC(USA)’s 226th General Assembly approaches next month, a change.org petition ignited much social media chatter this week as 26 teaching elders began a dissent to challenge Part B of POL-01, commonly known as the “Olympia Overture” as it’s sponsored by Olympia Presbytery. Nearly four dozen more pastors have since signed the petition.