Entries by Megan

General Assembly Day 7: Salsa and Jazz

Thursday found the assembly continuing to hear committee reports and take action on overtures, which meant they needed a few salsa breaks to stretch out the legs and shake loose the cobwebs. Thursday evening was an evening off from our work, and an opportunity to celebrate all the Presbyterian hands and feet that have been […]

General Assembly Day 6: Back to Plenary

On Wednesday, committees wrapped up, the exhibit hall closed down and plenary started back up with committee reports. Our current Moderator, Rev. Ruth Boling, talked to Megan Hansen from Worship Times about her committee work, and important issues they discussed, and coming up for debate by the assembly:   General Assembly Day 6 Daily Digest

General Assembly Day 5: Peace and Justice

During General Assembly opening worship $47,000 was collected to support The Bail Project’s mission to combat the mass incarceration epidemic by paying the bail of low-income, non-violent offenders who are languishing in our jail systems. Marching from the convention center to the courthouse, hundreds of Presbyterians participated in a demonstration of peace and justice for […]

General Assembly Day 4: Process and Procedure

The first full day of committee work can be challenging. Churches and presbyteries do use Robert’s Rules of Order for the parliamentary procedure that guides our meetings. However, rarely do we see amendments to amendments or substitute motions or other complicated procedural moves that help us clarify and hone our words and actions. The details […]

General Assembly Day 3: New Co-Moderators and Committees Begin

Sunday at General Assembly Barbara Smith Worship this morning was spread among the churches of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, our hosts for this Assembly. This evening the commissioners and advisory delegates move into their respective committees where they will consider the business assigned. While Committee meetings are normally open to anyone for observation, traditionally Sunday […]

General Assembly Day 2: Everything Starts

Barbara and Megan Hansen from Worship Times caught up on what was happening the first full day of General Assembly 223 in St. Louis right after opening worship. You can watch it on our Facebook page. _________ Barbara’s husband also gifted she and Warren with Newark Presbytery Fire Department hats to celebrate the good, but […]

General Assembly Day 1: Pre-Assembly

Thursday and Friday are the days when most of the General Assembly participants arrive and prepare for the work. National, synod and presbytery staff people, commissioners, advisory delegates, volunteers, exhibitors – arriving in St. Louis and getting ready. The exhibit hall opens on Friday, so Barbara and Warren spent some time seeing all the booths, […]

Doing the Work: Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of organization, time, preparation, volunteers, snacks, space, glue sticks and energy. It will be one of the most exhausting weeks of your life. And…it is worth every bit of it. The relationships built between the children, between your adult volunteers, between the […]

Focus on Leadership: Summer “Break”

Summer is almost here. (The weather seems to have arrived before the season.) In the summer, the rhythms change in our ministries. Worship times change, services are combined, and the choir might sing less regularly. Sunday School may go on hiatus or take a different form. There are camps and conferences and Vacation Bible School. […]