It is the First of May, the day I have traditionally used to mark the start of the General Assembly Season. (Although you will see it started a bit before that.)
There is lots of excitement ahead this year so get ready.
Here is this year’s line-up as I know it now. I will update as I clarify additional Assembly and Synod meetings.
60th General Assembly
and 150th Anniversary of the founding
Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
7-10 April 2015
140th General Assembly
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America
7-10 June 2015
Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland
8-10 June 2015
United Free Church of Scotland
10-12 June 2015
Presbyterian Church of Queensland
21-25 June 2015
N.S.W. State Assembly
and 150th Anniversary Celebration
Presbyterian Church of Australia
in the State of New South Wales
29 June 2015 (begins)
Presbyterian Church of Victoria
5-8 October 2015
Presbyterian Church in Western Australia
30 October 2015
Peppermint Grove, WA
And in case you were looking for one of these high-profile GA’s, they are not annual events and you will have to wait for next year:
- 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 18-25 June 2016, Portland
- General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, September 2016
- General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, October 2016, Dunedin
These are the ones that I am tracking at the moment. I will update as appropriate. If I have missed one, or have information wrong or incomplete, please provide the appropriate information and I will update the list.
And, to make the GA season complete here are two more items…
The first is the series of articles I wrote as an introduction to Presbyterian General Assemblies seven years ago. My GA 101 series consists of the following
GA101: Introduction – Why in the world would anybody want to do it this way?
GA101: Connectionalism – The Presbyterian Big Picture
GA101: The Cast of Characters – A score card to identify the players
GA101: The Moderator – All Things In Moderation
GA101: Where does the GA business come from? – Incoming!
GA101: Doing the business of GA — Decently and in Order
Yes, what started as a six part series expanded into seven completed articles with two more unfinished ones in the queue. (Maybe this will give me some motivation to finish those up.)
And finally, on to the ridiculous. Lest we take ourselves too seriously, a couple years ago I had a little fun with the General Assembly and in the post passed along the GA drinking game and GA Bingo. Please play both responsibly. 😉
So, for all the GA Junkies out there I wish you the best of GA seasons. May you enjoy the next few months of watching us do things decently and in order!