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2020 Cumberland Presbyterian General Assembly Postponed to 2021

Amid continued concerns over the unabated COVID-19 pandemic, in an unprecedented move, the Board of Directors of the General Assembly Corporation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church voted April 30, 2020, to reschedule the 190th meeting of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church from June 7 through 12, 2020, to June 27 through July 2, 2021. The meeting will still take place at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, and will still be concurrent with the 145th General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America.

The official announcement from the Office of the General Assembly follows:

The Board of Directors of the General Assembly Corporation (CPC) met Thursday, April 30 and decided to reschedule this year’s General Assembly due to health concerns and the many travel and public gathering restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  
The rescheduled concurrent meeting for the 190th General Assembly (CPC) and 145th General Assembly (CPCA) will be held June 27 – July 2, 2021 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.  
The General Assembly (GA) leadership for both denominations discussed several meeting options ranging from holding an abbreviated meeting in the fall to a virtual meeting.   However, due to the international composition of commissioners and the nature of GA as a deliberative body, with work being done in committees and as a full group, as well as meeting concurrently with the CPCA, meant that a virtual meeting was not a viable option.
The bulk of this year’s business will be held for action until the General Assembly meeting in 2021.  Any items of business that need action before then (e.g. OUO allocations for 2021, board membership on denominational entities, Church Calendar Dates), will be addressed by the GA Corporate Board in June.
It appears that this is the first time that the General Assembly (CPC) has been rescheduled in its 190-year meeting history.  While this is disappointing news and joins with other losses that we grieve in the wake of COVID-19, we remember and celebrate the ongoing ministries of the CPC and that God’s kingdom work continues.
Next Steps:
1. Lodging Reservations – If you made reservations at the Galt House Hotel using the group code, your reservation will be automatically cancelled.
2. As soon as the Galt House Hotel opens reservations for the 2021 GA meeting, you will be notified by our office.
3. Please confirm your availability and eligibility to serve as Commissioner/Youth Advisory Delegate to GA on the rescheduled dates, with your Presbytery.
We look forward to seeing you next year in Louisville.  In the meantime stay well and stay safe!
Prayers and Blessings,
Mike Sharpe
Stated Clerk


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Matthew Gore

Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.
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