Entries by Megan

Doing the Work: Seeds of the Kingdom

A lot of the work we do following Jesus makes us question whether we are even doing anything. We do not always see the full results of what we do, or any results at all. Throughout his ministry, Jesus uses agricultural metaphors in his parables. This is apt for a people who probably had a […]

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019 Announcement

We have less than a year until the next Presbyterian Youth Triennium! PYT ’19 will be happening from Tuesday, July 16th – Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, for high school youth and accompanying adult advisors. (High school youth encompasses entering freshmen through graduated seniors; adult advisors must be 21+ […]

Doing the Work: Service to the Wider Church

When we are ordained to ministry as Deacons, Ruling Elders and Ministers of Word and Sacrament, we answer nine questions, and with our answers vow to fulfill the unique calls of these ordered ministries. Eight of the questions are the same for all of the offices of ordination, with one question unique to each office. […]

Doing the Work: Educating the Educators

Christian formation is our business. Through preaching, teaching, hands-on mission and service, and fellowship, with a current of accountable community running throughout, we learn how to follow Jesus Christ well. And to do all this we rely not only on our pastors, but on paid and volunteer educators. These are people within our communities with […]

Doing the Work: Mission Trips

There is legitimate debate about the effectiveness of short-term mission trips – questions of healthy impact and autonomy of those being visited and served, long-term results and repercussions, and whether they are adequate opportunities for spiritual development for participants. These are all important considerations as we seek to live out God’s call in our lives […]

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 […]