From the Worldwide Faith News archives


Date 05 May 1996 13:16:52


                          by Alexa Smith 
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--General Assembly dates through the year 2001 have been 
approved by the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) -- 
with the millennium celebration scheduled for Long Beach, Calif., in the 
Presbytery of Los Ranchos. 
     Recommended dates and sites for 1997, 2000 and 2001 will go to the 
July General Assembly for approval. 
     "Los Ranchos is excited about having the year 2000 General Assembly in 
Long Beach," said the Rev. David Tomlinson, presbytery executive.  "As this 
presbytery has been strongly supportive of Presbyterian mission throughout 
its history, it looks forward to the possiblity of its members being a part 
--  not only hosting the General Assembly -- but being able to see that 
part of the Presbyterian Church at work firsthand." 
     In addition to recommending the Long Beach site for the year 2000, 
COGA also approved: 
     * the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse for the 209th General Assembly, 
June 14-21, 1997, in Syracuse.  The presbyteries of Albany, Utica, Northern 
New York, Geneva and Susquehanna Valley will assist in hosting the event. 
     * the Presbytery of Louisville for the 213th General Assembly, June 
9-16, 2001. 
     The schedule of future General Assemblies now proposed by COGA is: 
     * the 208th, Albuquerque, N.M., June 29-July 6, 1996 (Santa Fe 
     * the 209th, Syracuse, N.Y., June 14-21, 1997 
     * the 210th, Charlotte, N.C., June 13-20, 1998 (Charlotte Presbytery) 
     * the 211th, Fort Worth, Texas, June 19-26, 1999 (Grace Presbytery) 
     * the 212th, Long Beach, Calif., June 24-July 1, 2000 
     * the 213th, Louisville, Ky., June 9-16, 2001 
     According to COGA member the Rev. Louise Armstrong-Patriquin, Assembly 
sites are chosen on the basis of a city's ability to accommodate the influx 
of Presbyterians and also on how the Assembly might "benefit and support 
mission and ministry in the area."     
     The 1997 and 2001 dates were revised, according to the Office of the 
General Assembly, to prevent overlapping meeting times between the Assembly 
and Presbyterian Women's triennial gathering. 
     The Presbyterian Women's gathering will be held in Louisville in 1997 
and in 2000.         

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