It is May 1st – Already? We have once again returned to the date on my calendar that marks the beginning of the General Assembly Season. Where has the time gone?
This is simply the list – further detail will be necessary on a number of important and interesting items of business that will come before the GA’s this year.
As always, this is the line-up as I know it – I will update as I clarify additional Assembly and Synod meetings.
62nd General Assembly
Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
18-21 April 2017
The Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia
2-4 May 2017
Mt. Druitt, N.S.W.
United Free Church of Scotland
31 May – 2 June 2017
Presbyterian Church of Queensland
18-22 June 2017
Fairholme College Toowoomba
Note: The Presbyterian Church of South Australia will not hold an Assembly again this year and operates as a presbytery of PCQ
N.S.W. State Assembly
Presbyterian Church of Australia
in the State of New South Wales
3 July 2017 (begins)
Presbyterian Church of Victoria
9 – 13 October 2017
Presbyterian Church in Western Australia
27 October 2017
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 (still) in the queue.
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. In addition, Allan Edwards has posted an alternate Bingo card reflecting the polity of the Presbyterian Church in America and Neil MacLennan has created one that reflects the idiosyncrasies of the Church of Scotland. Please play responsibly. 😉
One other thing is that you may have noticed a new tab on the top navigation bar for a Calendar of Presbyterian and Reformed General Assemblies, Synods and Other Events. I have just begun to populate it but hope that within the week I will have most of the items in this post, plus a few more, entered into that calendar. It is an attempt to provide a resource for those times when someone asks about a GA date well before my May 1 date for publishing this list.
So GA Junkies, go for it. It is GA season so enjoy! May you have an exciting experience over the next few months of watching us do things decently and in order!