This is my first experience of being at the General Assembly. I will mention two of the many things that have impressed me.

Parliamentary Procedure has Advantages

One of the things that surprised me most was the effectiveness of Parliamentary Procedure at meetings. It’s used at the committee meetings that include about 55 people and at the plenary meetings that include about 700 people. It allows for all opinions to be heard and questions to be asked in an organized and timely manner. Everything is transparent. All the overtures and reports on a website and the docket indicates when each committee’s overtures and reports will be presented

We are Not Alone: The Connectional Church

I have become more aware of the connectional aspect of PCUSA. I already knew about 20 women here from my involvement with Presbyterian Women the Synod and Churchwide levels. It was fun to catch up with them. The other participants have been easy to get to know.

Everyone is very friendly and interested in forming relationships.

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Blog picture caption: Friday Afternoon Plenary Session of #GA223. The commissioners and the advisory delegates are acting on the overtures presented by the Committee on Environmental Issues which is the Committee Commissioner Charlotte Hasselbarth serves on.

Charlotte has been involved in Presbyterian Women for 35 years and was Moderator of Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast (PWSNE) from ’11-14.  She was also the Synod Representative from PWSNE to the Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Coordinating Team from ’14- July 17.  Charlotte is currently the Acting Moderator for PW in the Presbytery of Albany and a member of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland.

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