The 140th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada began on Friday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m. and concluded on Monday, June 2, 2014. The Assembly worship service was held Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s in Kitchener. Most activities took place at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. The Presbytery of Waterloo-Wellington hosted.
1. Original reports: Bills and Overtures Committee (p. 4.1.1), Business Committee (p. 5.1.1–5.1.5),Committee to Nominate amendment form (p. 15.2.1).
2. Supplementary reports: Assembly Council (p. 2.1.23–2.1.26, 2.2.22–2.2.40), Life and Mission Agency Committee (p. 13.1.100-107), Presbyterian Church Building Corporation (p. 18.1.3), Knox College (p. 23.1.8–23.1.18).
3. Replacement pages:
- Daily Schedule (A–1),
- Roll of Assembly (p. B–1 to B–5),
- Agenda (p. C-3),
- Assembly Council (p. 2.1.10, p. 2.2.1–2.2.2),
- Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (p. 8.1.1–8.1.2),
- Life and Mission Agency Committee (p. 13.1.4, 13.1.5, 13.1.68, 13.1.69,
- Committee to Nominate Standing Committees (p. 15.1.1, 15.1.5–15.1.7),
- Pension and Benefits Board (p. 17.1.4),
- Remits Under the Barrier Act (p. 20.1.1–20.1.4),
- Referred Overtures (p. 28.1.2, 28.1.3).
4. General Information Sheet, Towards a Vital Spirituality: its influence on change and leadership (Sunday morning).
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- The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris, Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall, Vancouver, was nominated to be the Moderator of the 2014 General Assembly.
- The proceedings of General Assembly were live streamed. Click here to view.
- Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, attended on Saturday, May 31 in order to recognize the 20th anniversary of the church’s confession to God and Aboriginal peoples for its involvement in the Indian Residential School system.
The General Assembly is transitioning to the use of electronic documents as much as possible. This single file contains bookmarks to easily access reports on a laptop or tablet with Adobe Reader. Click here for more information on using the e-book of reports.
The summaries provide an overview of the reports to General Assembly. Click here to download.
The Cutting Edge of Mission—Dr. E.H. Johnson Luncheon
The Cutting Edge of Mission—Dr. E.H. Johnson Memorial Fund Award Luncheon took place on Saturday, May 31 at 12:15 p.m. in the Senate Chambers, Dining Hall Building of Wilfrid Laurier University. This year’s award recipient is Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Worship and Communion Service – Friday May 30, 7:30 p.m.
This worship service, including the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, was held at St. Andrew’s Church in Kitchener. The Rev. Dr. David Sutherland, Moderator of the 139th General Assembly, preached.
Moderator of the 140th General Assembly
Moderator of the 140th General Assembly
The Rev. Dr. Stephen C. Farris (B.A., D.Min., Th.M., Ph.D.)
Stephen Farris has been for the past ten years the Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall, the Presbyterian theological college at University of British Columbia, and the Professor of Homiletics (Preaching) with Vancouver School of Theology. For seventeen years previously, he was Professor of Preaching and Worship at Knox College, Toronto. His present passion is developing and leading a new style of educating effective leaders of the coming church. Under his leadership, St. Andrew’s Hall has greatly expanded the Elders’ Institute for encouraging excellence in our elders and lay leaders and materially increased the number of students graduating for ordained ministry. Earlier, while minister of Trinity Church, Amherstview, Ontario, the congregation grew and became self-supporting. That time as a congregational minister instilled a love of local churches. Stephen has served as interim moderator for twelve congregations and was moderator of the Presbytery of Pickering. He continues to preach regularly in congregations across Canada.
Stephen was raised in a very Presbyterian home, the son of the Rev. Dr. Allan and Muriel Farris, and came to his own faith as a teen at the Scott Mission camp. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, and Cambridge University (Ph.D.). He has spoken widely in Canada and internationally, and has written books and articles aimed at helping ministers and elders understand and preach the Word of God more effectively.
Stephen has served on many local, national and international bodies including the Board of the Scott Mission and the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. He helped negotiate the repudiation of apartheid by the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa. He is a former president of the international Academy of Homiletics.
Stephen is married to Patricia, a school principal, and has two sons, Allan (a minister in Sarnia, Ontario) and Daniel, and two wonderful grandchildren.
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