2015 General Assembly

//2015 General Assembly
2015 General Assembly 2017-02-27T10:00:42+00:00

June 4-8, 2015
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

Theme: This year’s theme was: “Imagining the Kingdom … the kingdom of God is like…”

Host: This year’s host was the Presbytery of Westminster.

Dates and Location: The Assembly opened on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, and concluded on Monday, June 8, 2015. Most Assembly activities were held at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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GA Briefings and Minutes

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Daily Minutes

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Presentations and Speeches

Download the Life and Mission Agency Panel Presentation 1
Download the Life and Mission Agency Panel Presentation 2
Download the E.H. Johnson Award luncheon address given by the Canadian Council for Refugees
Read the Sunday morning sermon by the Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls
Read the Sermon by Rebecca Simpson
Read the Sermon by the Rev. Martin Baxter


Book of Reports

Reports to and Information about General Assembly
The Book of Reports, containing the reports of the standing committees and information pertaining to the 2015 General Assembly, are available below.

Image of arrow pointing down2015 Book of Reports – Final

The file contains bookmarks for easy access to the reports on a laptop or tablet with Adode reader. Click here for information on using e-book of reports.

The Book of Reports is also available in the form of printed pages ($30) and USB key ($10) through the Resource Centre.

Background Information

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Image of arrow pointing downPolicy for Dissolution of Pastoral Ties
Image of arrow pointing downSupplementary: Proposal for a Process of Dealing with Overtures Regarding Human Sexuality


The summaries provide an overview of the reports to General Assembly.

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Moderator of the 2015 General Assembly

The Rev. Karen R. Horst, minister at St. Andrew’s, Orillia, Ontario, was installed as Moderator of the 2015 General Assembly during opening worship on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

Moderator of the 141st General Assembly

The Rev. Karen Horst, (Dip. C.E., B.A., M.R.E., M.Div.)

Karen Horst began working as a diaconal minister as a Regional Educational Consultant resourcing congregations and developing leaders. As minister of Word and Sacraments, she has served different-sized congregations including as an interim minister. Currently, she is minister of St. Andrew’s, Orillia.

She has served on many national committees such as Life and Mission Agency Committee, Board of Congregational Life, International Affairs Committee, Committee on Education and Reception and Think Tank Team. She was the convener of PWS&D for six years and has led many monitoring and exposure tours to various parts of the world. She has served on design teams for Triennium and at guidance conferences for ministerial discernment. Karen has represented our denomination in church school curriculum design and has written countless study-guides and courses for all ages including Canada Youth, the Elders’ Institute, Knox College and a consortium of North American denominations. She has been a keynote speaker at women’s conferences, presbyteries and youth events. She has mentored a number of seminary students.

Her passions are her family, especially her four granddaughters, international development, leading conferences, and assisting congregations in strategic planning and conflict resolution. Her sense of humour has been a great asset. She enjoys the family motorcycle with her husband and her congregation’s motorcycle gang called the “Holy Rollers”.


Evaluation Summary

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