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GA222 Portland Roundup

May 31, 2016
Plenary at the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. General Assembly, Portland, OR, 1967. [Image no. 4928]

The General Assembly is right around the corner. Whether you're attending GA 222 or just want to learn more about its history, we have a collection of GA- and Portland-related content to get you ready.

Past Gatherings in the City of Roses

At the 104th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A, in 1842, the great controversy involved a debate over how to interpret the Bible. Read about this historical GA as part of our three-part fundamentalism series, by Reference Archivist David Koch.

The Confession of 1967 was debated and approved at the 1967 GA in Portland. Read the cover story of our latest issue of Presbyterian Heritage, "Contention & Reconciliation: The Confession of 1967," and watch video footage from the 1967 General Assembly below.

Portland also hosted last fall's 2015 Polity Conference. Records Archivist, David Staniunas, describes our experiences presenting at Fall Polity.

General Assembly Resources

One of our latest articles, by guest blogger Richard Reifsnyder, explores the history of nominating and electing the Stated Clerk: Decently But Not Always in Good Order: An Historical Overview of Choosing the PC(USA) Stated Clerk.

As part of our Living History video series, GA Moderators Rick Ufford-Chase and Bruce Reyes-Chow reflect on their times as General Assembly Moderators below. There are also interviews with GA Moderators Susan Andrews and Joan Gray.

Will you be attending GA 222? We would love to see you at our luncheon on June 21st.

For general information on contemporary Portland, check out the Committee on Local Arrangements GA 222 page.

Local History

Visit our online exhibit Sacred Spaces to learn about missionaries who preached to loggers in communities around Portland.

Lumberjacks at a lumber camp in Portland, Oregon. (Photographs by Weister Company, Portland, Oregon, ca. 1917-1922.) [Image no. 1625]

From loggers to the General Assembly of 1967, check out all of our Portland-related images in Pearl, our online archives.

To see a list of Portland churches represented in the Congregational Vertical Files at PHS, click here. For additional reference assistance with Presbyterian history in Portland, contact