General Assemblies can be tough, even for folks who have experienced many. Some of the issues challenge your faith; some of the people challenge your patience; some of the locations challenge your body. It all can challenge your psyche, especially since it is all on top of the normal course of one’s life. The General Assembly prayer room offers some quiet and solace, and it is staffed by spiritual directors. “Sometimes people just need to decompress,” said Jill Holseth, one of the three spiritual directors on hand during  the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Portland assembly. “We have had quite a few conversations,” she said, noting that people have come with “a full-range of issues related to grief, loss, processing some of the GA business items.” Others say they want to use “a different part of my brain,” said Holseth, a graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary. The prayer rooms, located at B111-112 in the Oregon Convention Center, are designed to bring in the natural element of the region. As  described  in  the  assembly  program,  “As   individuals enter, they are welcomed into rooms that reflect the Pacific Northwest with a woodland   setting, native plants, and Pendleton fabrics. They are encouraged to explore various prayer resources which include prayer prompts and examples of various types of prayer, poetry, and the opportunity to ‘pray with color.’”