LOCAL PRESBYTERIANS READY TO WELCOME NATIONAL GATHERINGGeneral Assembly of Presbyterian Church (USA) Gathers in St. Louis June 16-23, 2018
St. Louis, MO – Members of St. Louis area Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations are gearing up for an influx of more than 2,000 visitors from across the world during the denominations national meeting June 16-23.
The denomination, which is the largest Presbyterian body in the United States, will host its 223rd biennial General Assembly at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St Louis. Aside from business sessions, visitors will spread out across the metro area to attend local Presbyterian churches, participate in service projects, and visit local attractions.
Commissioners representing 171 regional governing bodies across the United States and Puerto Rico will begin arriving in St. Louis June 15. Business gets underway following a stunning opening worship service Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the convention center. A 200-voice choir from local churches will participate, along with the St. Louis Symphonic Brass, organ, liturgical dancers and a Native flutist. The service is open to the public.
The Assembly will consider issuing Presbyterian responses to various social issues, including climate change, the ongoing issues in the Middle East, racism, and gun violence. The Assembly’s work will also highlight the various needs within the St. Louis area. Grammy winning jazz artist Kirk Whalum will perform a concert as part of an evening highlighting Presbyterian involvement in local social justice initiatives.
Deborah Krause, academic dean and professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, will lead commissioners in daily Bible study. Krause participated with St. Louis religious leaders in protests following the death of Michael Brown.
“Hosting General Assembly in St. Louis comes at a pivotal time for both the church and this region,” said the Rev. Cedric Portis, pastor of Third Presbyterian Church in north St. Louis county. “The denomination faces its own struggles with race and inequality as it tries to lead the way on racial reconciliation, inclusion and justice.”
Worship services will be held each day and are open to the public. To view a schedule of events, please visit www.stlouisga.com. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is headquartered in Louisville, KY and has more than 1.4 million members in 9,400 congregations.
Rev. Christopher W. Keating
Rev. Miriam Foltz