|Earlier today the 28th Session of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia convened in Sydney.
This is a triennial meeting that brings together the six state churches to consider matters of national scope in mission, ministry and polity.
On the one hand, there is not a significant amount of online information about the details of the meeting so we will have to wait for an official summary afterwards. If you want to see the polity documents, the Code Book is available online.
On the other hand, we have the Rev. Gary Ware who is attending the meeting as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of South Australia and is serving as one of the Chaplains to the incoming Moderator-General, the Rev. David Cook. Gary has already given us a great review with pictures of the opening service and I expect that we will have some more informative updates from him on his blog.
In terms of social media, there is a little traffic on the church’s Facebook page. Similarly there is a small bit of chatter on Twitter. Rev. Ware (@gjware) suggests that the official hashtag be #GAAus13.
If you do the search on that hashtag you will notice a familiar, yet in this context somewhat unexpected, contributor — Teaching Elder J. Ligon Duncon (@LigonDuncan). The incoming Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary was the featured speaker at a Pre-Assembly conference on What Should Evangelicals Think that was hosted by the
Presbyterian Theological Centre CORRECTION Presbyterian Theological College. On the Facebook page there is the suggestion that his talks will be available on the PTC website in the near future.
And so we wish the Presbyterian Church of Australia well as its General Assembly gets down to work and our prayers for the commissioners and leadership of that Assembly.