The Pension and Benefits Board serves the Presbyterian Church family by managing the pensions of ministers, members of the diaconate and staff of various church institutions. It also manages the medical and dental plan for both active and retired members eligible for the benefits of that plan. The pressures on [...]
Opening worship In his sermon during opening worship, outgoing Moderator Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris spoke on Hebrews 2:5-13. He urged the gathered commissioners and guests to allow Jesus to be visible in the discussions and debates to come. Farris's final act as Moderator of the 140th General Assembly was to [...]
Sunday Worship Sabbath morning began with worship. Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls, dean of the Vancouver School of Theology, led the assembly in a thoughtful, challenging sermon on “A Portrait of a Worshipping Community,” based on Isaiah 56:1-8 and Mark 11:15-18. Dutcher-Walls discussed the challenges facing two groups of Israelites who [...]
Representatives from the Canadian Council for Refugees accepted the 2015 E.H. Johnson award for cutting-edge mission at an award luncheon on June 7. Speaking in turns, Loly Rico, president of CCR and herself a refugee from El Salvador, and Janet Dench, executive director, shared stories and concerns from refugees in Canada [...]
Process to Address Overtures on Human Sexuality As part of the process to address two dozen overtures related to human sexuality, the assembly set aside times for discernment and sharing on Saturday afternoon. In preparation for a time of private discussion at table groups, Moderator Karen Horst asked commissioners to [...]
Commissioners approved a series of reports and recommendations during the first full day of sederunts, some of which set the stage for the days ahead. Overtures on Human Sexuality The assembly passed 18 recommendations from the Committee on Bills and Overtures referring the various overtures from the lower courts to [...]
In his sermon during opening worship of the 141st General Assembly, outgoing Moderator Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris urged the gathered commissioners and guests to allow Jesus to be visible in the discussions and debates to come. Speaking on Hebrews 2:5-13, he said: “What does the Holy Spirit use to make [...]
Eighteen sessions and six presbyteries have filed overtures for discussion at this year’s General Assembly on the issue of human sexuality. This volume of response is without precedence in the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
On April 1 votes from presbyteries were tallied and Rev. Karen Horst was named sole nominee for moderator of the 2015 General Assembly.