CovNet at the 220th GA

As always, the Covenant Network will have a robust presence when the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets in General Assembly in Pittsburgh this summer. 

If you will be present at the 220th General Assembly (2012), please join us for these events; tickets are available from the Office of the General Assembly online:

  • Commissioners’ Convocation Dinner, Friday evening before the GA convenes: an opportunity for both commissioners and others to think together about how to make a difference in the coming week, with Interim Executive Director Nancy Enderle speaking; and our
  • Covenant Network Luncheon, Monday, featuring Scott Anderson speaking on “Our Missional Imagination in a Post-10-A Church.”  Long a PCUSA leader, Scott was the first openly LGBT person to be ordained as a teaching elder after the approval of Amendment 10-A removed ordination discrimination from the Book of Order.  He is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches.  At the luncheon, we will also thank our retired founding Executive Director, Pam Byers, and introduce the new Executive Director.

Sunday morning worship (July 1) at GA this year will take place at churches in the Pittsburgh area.  While there are no doubt a variety of wonderful options, CovNet Director Randy Bush, Pastor of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, has shared details about the experience you will have if you choose to join ELPC, a Covenant Network congregation, for worship at 10:00 a.m.   The service will include a brass quintet from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; a commissioned piece, “What Does the Lord Require,” by David Schelat, who is based in Wilmington, DE; and a combined choir (the ELPC choir plus two LGBT choirs that rehearse there).   Bishop Gene Robinson will be present to offer the Prayer of Intercession.  The congregation will provide lunch, offering a variety of foods throughout the building; they’ll be praying for cool, non-rainy weather, and they promise to get everyone back to the Convention Center by 1:30 p.m.


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