The General Assembly began on Sunday June 4, 2017, with worship and the celebration of communion at 7:00 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kingston, Ontario and meetings of the Assembly at Queen’s University.
“Jesus Christ – the same yesterday, today, forever” from Hebrews 13:8 is the chosen theme. This focus upon Christ provides the foundation and the exhortation for our unity. (Artwork provided by Bryan Babcock Design.)
Minutes, Summaries and Evaluation Summary
Sederunt 1 – Sunday, June 4, 2017
Sederunt 2 – Monday, June 5, 2017
Sederunt 3 – Monday, June 5, 2017
Sederunt 4 – Monday, June 5, 2017
Sederunt 5 – Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Sederunt 6 – Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Sederunt 7 – Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Sederunt 8 – Wednesday, June 7, 2017
At the start of each sederunt, the Moderator introduced a moment in history of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and notable Presbyterians. Download the moments here.
The General Assembly Office appreciates feedback from the participants to this Assembly. Some of you were able to complete the evaluation that was at the Assembly. Here is a summary below. The online form is still open for those who would still like to offer feedback.
Watch General Assembly Via Livestream
Watch the conversation and activities of General Assembly that unfolded. The whole event from Sunday to Wednesday is available to watch, as well as individual segments.
Dr. Cindy Blackstock Presentation
Dr. Cindy Blackstock is Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. As the recipient of the 2017 E.H. Johnson Memorial Fund Committee Award, she presented a powerful and moving address to General Assembly.
In January 2016, Dr. Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations won a landmark victory on behalf of Indigenous children. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that successive governments have racially discriminated against First Nations children and youth by providing less funding for child welfare services on reserves than was provided for other children living in Canada. Dr. Blackstock challenged all of us to use our power to demand action of our government. In extending the invitation to Dr. Blackstock, the committee acknowledged The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s complicity in the history of Indigenous people in Canada, and particularly in the legacy of residential schools. The Presbyterian Church’s 1994 Confession to God and Indigenous peoples says, in part, “With God’s guidance our Church will seek opportunities to walk with Aboriginal peoples to find healing and wholeness.”
Book of Reports 2017
The final version of the Book of Reports, including reports to the 2017 General Assembly and information for General Assembly participants can be downloaded.
Note: The joint reports regarding sexuality overtures begins on page 396, section 20.1.1. and contains three separate reports to the General Assembly:
- The joint report of Committee on Church Doctrine and Life and Mission Agency Committee regarding sexuality overtures found on p. 20.1.3–6 with Recommendation Nos. 1 and 2.
- Committee on Church Doctrine report found on p. 20.1.6–64 with Recommendation Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
- The Life and Mission Agency Committee (Justice Ministries) report is part of the Joint Report on Overtures re Sexuality found on p. 20.1.64–75 with Recommendation Nos. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
(These same documents will be prepared to view in an easy readable format and available in August.)
For the joint reports to General Assembly regarding sexuality overtures, please see the note above.
For preparation of the Assembly, this booklet below was prepared about the reports that respond to overtures about sexuality. It was prepared for commissioners to the General Assembly through the cooperation of the Life and Mission Agency and the Committee on Church Doctrine.
The summaries provide an overview of the reports to the General Assembly.
General Assembly Reports
Below are the resources for committees to prepare the reports.
- Guidelines for Formatting General Assembly Reports
- Sample General Assembly Report
- Report Procedures for General Assembly
- Consent Recommendations and Reports
For more information about the General Assembly, contact Terrie-Lee Hamilton at 1-800-619-7301, ext. 225