Friday, June 16, 2006

PC(USA) - 217th General Assembly (2006) - Atlanta pastor is elected moderator

PC(USA) - 217th General Assembly (2006) - Atlanta pastor is elected moderator:
by Jerry L. Van Marter

"BIRMINGHAM, June 15 — The Rev. Joan S. Gray, a pastor in Greater Atlanta Presbytery who said she doesn’t have many answers for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s problems but is willing to let God lead the way, was elected moderator of the 2.3 million-member denomination’s 217th General Assembly on June 15. ..."

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has chosen a new moderator, favoring the centrist over the two conservative and one liberal candatates. I'm personally hoping that this sets the tone for how the next 10 days go. Joan Gray won on the third ballot with 62% of the vote.

Among other things, Gray believes that "...Jesus is the way, truth and life, but I’m willing to give God a lot of leeway in matters I don’t fully understand." In addition she is unwilling to change ordination standards in light of what she believes to be true.

The photo is by Danny Bolin, one of the photographers at General Assembly.

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