Funding for Witherspoon programming
|Witherspoon seeks funding for a staff
We invite you to help!
The Witherspoon Society
Presbyterians Working for Peace,
& the Integrity of Creation
Jane Hanna, President
10 Descanso Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
[posted here 12-27-01]
The Witherspoon Society has a unique opportunity to strengthen our voice
and to grow in 2002. We have been offered a $10,000 Challenge Grant
targeted at hiring a professional to staff the Society. We need to meet
this challenge with $10,000 from you, our members and friends.
This is a direct appeal to you for gifts towards that
The Executive Committee members have pledged participation toward this
goal and urge you to join us. It is encouraging to have this offer now
because we have an excellent candidate who is excited about the
opportunity to work with us.
The timing of this challenge grant has special meaning
for the Society coming as it does on the 35th anniversary of the
Confession of 1967 - the document upon which we have based Witherspoon's
mission statement. As part of an anniversary celebration we are
designing consultations and forums to discuss the key themes of a
confession that calls us to reconciliation with God and one another. The
Confession of 1967 speaks to the divisions facing our denomination and
the spiral of violence plaguing our world. It serves as a powerful
reminder that our faith compels us to live as God's reconciling
We held a
preliminary consultation in Claremont, California last May and are
planning a second, major conference
for February 4-5, 2002 at the Stony Point Conference Center in New York.
This second effort is being organized in conjunction with the Third Way
Project of Hudson River Presbytery and the Synod of the Northeast.
Professional staff will allow us to facilitate
workshops like this throughout the country. Staff can also maintain
connections, nurture local chapters, staff General Assembly events, and
provide resources and ideas that keep an organization and its programs
We hope you will agree that the Witherspoon Society's
impact in church and society would be greater if we can hire staff and
that you will want very much to share in raising the first $10,000 to
qualify for the challenge opportunity offered to us. Your generous
participation will quickly open the door for us to hire our candidate.
We wish you the love and joy of the season,
You can make a donation using
your credit card, through the secure PayPal electronic
payment system. Just click on the button below, register with your
credit card number and address, and you'll receive an e-mail
acknowledgement -- and later a note from us as well.
OR you can send a contribution by check (to "The
Witherspoon Society") to:
Ray and Betty Kersting, Membership Secretaries
305 Loma Arisco
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Please help make Witherspoon a
stronger, more effective progressive voice in our church and our
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
We're providing resources to help inform the
reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.
Our three areas of primary interest are:
which would remove the current ban on
lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as
possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.|
which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of
10-1, which would adopt the new Form of Government
that was approved by the Assembly. |
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Some blogs worth visiting
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
John Harris’ Summit to
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
Got more blogs to recommend?
send a note, and we'll see what we can do!