The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s General Assembly (GA) begins June 20th, and during that time, I’ll be blogging over at The Presbyterian Outlook’s website. The way I initially pitched the idea to the Outlook’s Editor was that I would be bringing some fresh eyes to writing about GA. I grew up Presbyterian, but would not consider myself a “hard-core Presbyterian” by any means (perhaps I’m more of a reluctant Presbyterian). However, I have worked at Presbyterian church camps and churches, gone to a Presbyterian university as well as a theological seminary, and am a candidate for ministry in the PC(USA) ordination process. But this will be my first GA experience.
A friend of mine described GA as a “family reunion” – and I generally like my family reunions. Sure, there are members of your family that you’d rather not be stuck talking to for an entire afternoon, and everyone has their own quirks, but I enjoy getting back together with family. However, I’m afraid that I may leave GA more cynical than I already am about our denomination, particularly the bureaucracy that exists within the Presbyterian Church (USA).
In addition to blogging for The Presbyterian Outlook, I’m also going to try and get over to man the presbymergent booth in the Exhibit Hall, and hopefully participate in the Face-to-Face “job fair” that happens at GA. I’m still looking for a ministry position in the Bay area. Anyway – when I have more information about the blogging, I will let you know. In the time being, I think you can look for my posts here, and I’ll be live-blogging (if I can find wireless) the General Assembly from June 20 – 28th.