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Ghost Ranch seminar 2002

Ghost Ranch seminar announced for summer 2002


July 29-August 5, 2002


The United States uses its economic, political and military power not only to control the world; the corporate/governmental/pentagon complex has plans for controlling space as well. How should Christian citizens respond to the domination mentality of those who hold the seats of power in our nation?

Together, with the help of Bruce Gagnon, we will examine plans and programs in place to dominate space with nuclear and other weapons. Alan Geyer will explore with us our biblical and ethical heritage, that we may discern God's intent for our stewardship of creation and our human relationships. What would a biblical alternative to war look like? Barbara Green will share Bonhoeffer's scriptural interpretation of God's love for creation and the mandate to humans to care for it. We will also explore with her Bonhoeffer's Christian resistance to the Nazi movement of his time. Are there comparisons to make between what he perceived as his faithful response and ours, to the reign of God?

Bruce Gagnon:
bulletCoordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
bulletWas organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign
bullet1983-1998: State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice
bulletOrganized the largest peace protest in Florida when over 5,000 marched on Cape Canaveral to oppose the first flight test of Trident II missile
bulletHas traveled and spoken throughout the U.S. and numerous foreign countries
bulletArticles have appeared in Earth Island Journal, National Catholic Reporter, Toward Freedom, Gainesville Sun and Red Pepper (UK)

Barbara G. Green:
bulletExecutive Director of the Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy, Washington, DC
bulletServes on editorial board for the new English language edition of the complete works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
bulletTranslator of Bonhoeffer's Discipleship (formerly known as The Cost of Discipleship), in 2000
bullet1998: Elected chair of the International Advisory Committee of the German Kirchentag, where she has served the past ten years
bullet1983-1998: Associate for Peacekeeping in the Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
bullet1982: Director of the Disarmament Office of the National Council of Churches, based in New York
bullet1977 through 1981: Liaison Officer from National Council of Churches to the Federation of Protestant Churches in the German Republic (East Berlin), based in Berlin
bulletOrdained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Alan Geyer:
bullet1975 and 1980: chaired the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review
bulletParticipates in UN Special Session on Disarmament
bullet1977-87: Director of the Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy at American University, Washington DC
bulletProfessor Emeritus of Political Ethics and Ecumenics at Wesley Seminary, Washington DC
bulletMember of the Christian Ethics Study Group on Disarmament organized by Glen Stassen
bulletCurrently, Canon Ethicist at the National Cathedral Washington DC
bulletAuthor: Ideology in America: Challenges to faith; with Barbara G. Green, Lines in the Sand: Justice and the Gulf War, and Piety and Politics: American Protestantism in the World Arena

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GA actions ratified (or not) by  the presbyteries   

A number of the most important actions of the 219th General Assembly are now being sent to the presbyteries for their action, to confirm or reject them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book of Order.

We're providing resources to help inform the reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.

Our three areas of primary interest are:

bullet Amendment 10-A, which would remove the current ban on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.

bullet Amendment 10-2, which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of Confessions.

bullet Amendment 10-1, which would adopt the new Form of Government that was approved by the Assembly.

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Some blogs worth visiting

PVJ's Facebook page

Mitch Trigger, PVJ's Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!

You can post your own news and views, or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.


Voices of Sophia blog

Heather Reichgott, who has created this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:

After fifteen years of scholarship and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy, students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and thoughtful community.


John Harris’ Summit to Shore blogspot

Theological and philosophical reflections on everything between summit to shore, including kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New York City and the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood by a progressive New York City Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the Witherspoon board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian Church in Flushing, NY.


John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive

A Presbyterian minister, currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., blogs about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and lightening up.


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