The General Dissembly
Can the Whole PCUSA Really Fit Under This Pup Tent?
by Harry L. Chronis
One-for-three. Hit for that average (.333) in -major-league baseball this summer and you could win a batting title. But if you’re a deeply divided old-line denomination like the Presbyterian Church, USA, and you desperately need to score the trifecta of “Peace, Unity, and Purity,” going one-for-three, or even two-for-three, gets you nowhere. Sadly, that may be all for which the PCUSA can reasonably hope when our biennial General Assembly (GA) meets in Birmingham, Alabama, June 15 to 22.
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Harry L. Chronis is the pastor of White Rock Presbyterian Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He credits his father George H. Chronis and his sister Lisa E. Chronis for their very helpful suggestions. The quote from Robert Wilken is taken from his review of Andre LaCocque and Paul Ricoeur’s Thinking Biblically: Exegetical and Hermeneutical Studies in the May 1999 issue of First Things.
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