Archive for October, 2009
This page lists our postings from all of October, 2009
For an index to all our reports
from the 218th General Assembly
For an index to all our reports from
conference on global mission and justice >>
Earlier in April,
For links to earlier archive pages,
Honduras crisis may be coming to resolution
A quick -- and more hopeful --
The Christian Science Monitor, along
with other media, is reporting that an agreement has been
reached by which ousted President Manuel Zelaya will be (or may
be?) allowed to return to office for the remaining three months
of his term. “The deal would include the creation of a
powersharing government and the promise on both sides that
presidential elections slated for Nov. 29 will be respected. It
also would establish a truth commission and signal an end to
international sanctions - slapped on Honduras by countries,
including the US -in protest of Zelaya's removal from office.”
a number of reports from the Christian Science Monitor,
gathered by Truthout.com >>
The New York Times report >>
Our earlier reports
on the Honduras crisis >>
hoping to hear more from sources such as
Witness for Peace, and will pass their reports along as soon
A recent AP report posted by iGoogle offers more detail
about U.S. involvement in the settlement. Huh - imagine
that -- the U.S. helping achieve a settlement instead of ...
like, invading something!
Beyond the Hate Crimes Prevention Act ...
Sharon Groves of the Human Rights Campaign marked
the signing into law of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act by
President Obama by posting thoughts from the Rev. Dr. Stephen
Sprinkle, associate professor of practical theology at Brite
Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. He has been researching LGBT
hate crimes for anthology of stories for his upcoming book,
Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memory of LGBT Hate Crimes Murder
His concluding lines are worth posting here on
our “front page.”
The LGBTQ community will be challenged to
mature and take their place among communities of survivors,
witnesses who understand that it takes hard work to make
hope become real for everyone. At the stroke of a pen, the
entire LGBTQ community will experience the greatest lift
since the Stonewall Rebellion forty years ago. But that will
not be all. The America I know and love will encounter
change on the day the Shepard Act becomes law, too. Summoned
by the angel of justice, the American people will face the
challenge to make the promise of the Constitution come true
for their transgender, gay, bi, and lesbian neighbors and
Passage and signing the Matthew Shepard
Act into law will not magically stop the killing. Record
numbers of LGBTQ Americans, especially young transgender
people of color, are dying violently all across the land.
But the high water mark of hatred has been scotched with the
stroke of a pen with President Obama’s signature on this
historic bill. The end of the beginning of full equality for
my people has come. And we who believe in the fullness of
justice will not rest until it comes continue to preach, to
pray, and to advocate until all of us our free to love
without the threat of violence.
Click here for the full essay, posted by John Shuck on his
blog, Shuck and Jive.
Farm Worker Ministry urges opposition to nomination of
chemical lobbyist as U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator.
This call for action comes to us from
National Farm Worker Ministry. We present it here in slightly
The Farmworker Association of Florida has
asked the National Farm Worker Ministry to alert our supporters
to the White House's nomination of Islam Siddiqui, current vice
president for science and regulatory affairs, and formerly a
lobbyist, with CropLife America, which represents the chemical
pesticide industry. He is being nominated to the critical post
of U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator. Farmworker groups
fighting for years to regulate pesticide use are disappointed by
the White House’s action.
The Farmworker Association of Florida, which
represents 6,700 farm worker families working in the tomato and
citrus industries, remains disturbed by the appointment. "Siddiqui's
role at USTR will not be about promoting organic products, but
eliminating trade barriers for developing countries to accept
toxic chemicals and pesticides," said Tirso Moreno, general
coordinator for FWAF. "That is CropLife America's agenda. They
continue to try to stop any international attempts to help us
regulate pesticide uses. Farmworkers have the highest rate of
chemical-related illnesses of any occupational group. Our
community suffers from nausea, liver damage, birth defects, and
cancer as a result of exposure to these poisons. For the health
of farmworkers around the world, we urge that his nomination be
Click HERE to sign the petition to President Obama
urging that he withdraw the nomination of Siddiqui.
For more on this problematic nomination >>
The Coup in Honduras: US regresses, Hondurans march
Witness for Peace provides a good update on the
situation in Honduras
As the coup regime in Honduras continues
to cling to power, attacks on Hondurans' human rights
continue to mount. Meanwhile, the U.S. response remains
sluggish and two-faced. In late July, the State Department
finally revoked the diplomatic visas of four coup-plotters.
But just one week later, the same State Department sent a
contradictory letter to Senator Lugar. After "energetically
condemning" the coup against Honduran President Zelaya, the
letter incredibly named Zelaya, not the coup-plotters, as
responsible for his own ouster. The U.S. response to the
coup should not be a matter of supporting or rejecting the
prior actions of Manuel Zelaya; it’s a matter of supporting
or rejecting the flagrant usurpation of Hondurans’ right to
exercise their democratic will.
The illegitimate coup merits clear,
consistent condemnation from the U.S., not the schizophrenic
response seen thus far. To demonstrate unequivocal (if not
expedient) support for Hondurans’ self-determination, the
U.S. should revoke U.S. visas for the many untouched
coup-plotters, freeze their U.S.-held assets, and cease U.S.
military operations at the still-active Palmerola base near
the Honduran capital.
rest of the article, plus suggestions for action >>
More of our
posts on Honduras >>
More Light Presbyterians celebrate passage of Hate Crimes
From More Light Presbyterians
The National Board of Directors and Staff of
More Light Presbyterians are grateful that the Senate passed the
Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act
today by a vote of 68-29. President Obama has promised to sign
this act which has already been passed by the House of
"It is difficult to imagine how any Senator or
U.S. Representative could have found moral, ethical, religious
or legal grounds to oppose the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd,
Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. As decent human beings, caring
American citizens and particularly as Christians, we are to seek
protection from harm for every person regardless of human
difference in our communities, nation and world. Having lobbied
in Washington, DC for this hate crime act alongside faithful
Presbyterians and clergy from other faith traditions, I rejoice
that justice was done today in our Nation's capital," said
Michael J. Adee, Executive Director & Field Organizer.
We want to thank the thousands of
Presbyterians who have supported including sexual orientation,
gender, gender identity or disability to hate crimes law by
writing letters, calling your members of Congress, by making
lobbying visits and through your prayers. ...
with hope and gratitude,
Michael J. Adee, Executive Director & Field
Organizer, More Light Presbyterians
The Interfaith Alliance suggests a note to
Senators acknowledging the importance of their action.
Great news! The
hate crimes prevention legislation you've been helping
Interfaith Alliance work toward for more than a decade has
passed both houses of Congress! And once President Obama signs
the bill, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes
Prevention Act will officially become law.
To celebrate this
victory, will you take a moment today to tell your Senators how
much this bill's passage means to you?
Click here to send a note >>
say their rights are threatened – but others disagree
from Religion News Service notes that, while progressive
religious leaders have hailed the passage of the bill,
“conservative Christian leaders criticized the bill, saying that
it might limit the rights of clergy to speak against
president of the Family Research Council, a quoted as saying:
“This hate crimes provision is part of a radical social agenda
that could ultimately silence Christians and use the force of
government to marginalize anyone whose faith is at odds with
On the other
hand, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action
Center of Reform Judaism, is quoted as saying: “This carefully
crafted law will not infringe on any individual’s First
Amendment rights. ... It addresses violent acts and no person,
whether a faith leader or otherwise, will be prosecuted for
their thoughts, words, or beliefs.”
Same-gender marriage? Let the GA Special Committee hear about
The Special Committee on Issues of Civil Union
and Christian Marriage says the PCUSA can’t agree on marriage
and holy unions. Pam Byers, executive director of Covenant
Network, suggests we let them hear some clear affirmations and
examples of what marriage can and does (or might!) mean for many
Her note to
Covenant Network members >>
more news and commentary on the struggle for marriage equality
Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA)
seeks nominations to recognize ministries of social justice
The Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare
Association (PHEWA) is seeking nominations for five awards that
will be celebrated during the 219th General Assembly
in Minneapolis, MN on July 5, 2010.
PHEWA, part of the Compassion, Peace & Justice
Ministry of the General Assembly Mission Council, is a voluntary
membership organization dedicated to social welfare and justice
ministries. Ten networks are a part of PHEWA, organized for
grassroots implementation of General Assembly policies in the
areas of community ministries and faith-based community
organizing, addictions, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS,
reproductive options, specialized pastoral ministries, child
advocacy, disabilities, health and wholeness, and serious mental
UN expert: Governments failing indigenous declaration
U.S. signals willingness to sign agreement it
Inter Press Service, distributed by the
Caribbean and Latin American Communication Agency, reports that
a top U.N. expert on human rights law called last week for
governments to match their words with deeds and make good on
promises to respect indigenous communities’ right to live as
they wish. “The indigenous peoples are suffering everywhere,”
James Anaya, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on the situation of
human rights of indigenous peoples, told a news conference after
submitting a comprehensive report to the General Assembly.
Anaya, a law professor who teaches at Harvard
University and the University of Arizona, said many governments
were failing to abide by the principles laid out in the historic
— though non-binding — U.N. Declaration on the Rights of
U.N. figures show there are more than 370
million indigenous peoples in the world. Scientists say their
role in the fight against climate change and preservation of
biodiversity is vital because they live in close proximity to
nature. Though indigenous activists have participated in major
U.N. conferences for more than a decade, they never had a say in
official discussions on climate change and biodiversity.
news report >>
Life is a mystery, right?
Click here for a few of
the more mysterious questions in life, just to give you
something to ponder.
Celebrating the life of Virginia “Ginny” Davidson
Virginia Davidson, who gave much of her life to
helping the Presbyterian Church become the joyful, loving, and
inclusive community that God intends it to be, died on Monday
afternoon, October 19.
The pastor of Downtown Presbyterian Church in
Rochester, N.Y., the Rev. Dr. Pat Youngdahl, sent this early
notice to her wide, wide circle of friends:
Our treasured friend and companion in
faith, Virginia Davidson, passed peacefully into the light
of God's eternal love early on this beautiful October
afternoon. She spent the last few days at home, surrounded
by loved ones.
A memorial service in witness to the
resurrection and in loving celebration of Virginia's life
will be held in the Downtown Presbyterian Church sanctuary
at 2pm this coming Saturday, October 24th, with a reception
to follow in the Hallock Lounge.
In these sacred days of sorrow,
remembrance, and thanksgiving, may we be especially alert to
the movement of God's Spirit among us to comfort and
May the grace and peace of God be with us
The Rev. Dr. Pat Youngdahl, Ph.D., Pastor
Downtown Presbyterian Church
Rochester, New York
More from That All
May Freely Serve, and More Light Presbyterians >>
Nov. 20-22 – Vigil to close “School
of the Americas”
This comes to us from Marilyn White, for the
On November 20-22, thousands of people will
converge on Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia to pressure
Congress and the White House to close the "School of Americas"
training facility, end military aid to Mexico and Colombia, and
support the return of the elected democratic government of
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will be
there! Plan to join us for educational (and fun!) workshops and
the deeply moving Sunday morning vigil. We have reserved a block
of rooms, and are arranging transportation from the Atlanta
airport for those arriving Friday morning and leaving Monday
Plan to attend the Presbyterian Breakfast on
Saturday, November 21, from 7 - 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn North,
where we will celebrate PPF's 65th birthday with our executive
director, Rick Ufford-Chase; honor prisoners of conscience and
accompaniment program volunteers; hear updates on PPF projects;
and enjoy the fellowship of 60-80 Presbyterians! The cost is $10
for a full breakfast, and reservations are required.
After the Sunday morning vigil, meet at the
PPF information table to walk together to the gate for a brief
prayer and communion service.
For more information about housing or
transportation, or for breakfast reservations, contact Marilyn
Tres Rios Presbytery celebrates Calvin’s advocacy for
This note comes from the Rev. Jose Luis Casal,
General Missioner of Tres Rios Presbytery
Tres Rios Presbytery 86th Stated Meeting of
the Presbyterian Church (USA) was celebrated with an opening
Worship Service and Communion dedicated to Immigration as part
of our celebrations on the 500 Anniversary of John Calvin.
John Calvin’s support to refugees and his
commitment to transform Geneva into a welcoming city for
persecuted Christians in West Europe on 16th Century were the
motivations to celebrate this service in Trinity Presbyterian
Church in El Paso, Texas, a border city where more than 80% of
the population is Hispanic. The worship conducted by Rev. Patty
Lane, pastor of Trinity church had the participation of
reverends Rebecca Whitaker, John Nelsen, Jose Luis Casal who
shared with the participants his latest composition, the song
“Holy Immigrant.” The Rev. Tim Davenport-Herbst challenged the
audience in his sermon to speak about the controversial issues
because the Lord always finds ways to lead us to a middle ground
in which we learn to respect others and live with our
disagreements and differences.
on immigrant rights >>
Nobel Peace Prize 2009 – decided by a “left-leaning” panel?
by Bill Peach
There have been
120 recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize – 97 individuals and 23
organizations. The selection is made by a member panel appointed
by the Norwegian Parliament. Several news stories referred to
the panel as “left-leaning.”
I would encourage
you to read the history of the Nobel Peace Prize. The first
irony is that it is named after the person who invented
dynamite. Go figure. One of the most interesting recipients was
in 1960 when the Albert John Lutuli, a Zulu Warrior, won the
prize, for his peaceful resistance to apartheid. Consider 1973,
when Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho shared the prize, and the
Vietnamese negotiator refused. Americans have fared well
historically: George C. Marshall, Teddy Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter,
Woodrow Wilson, and Al Gore.
more on the Peace Prize award >>
Same-gender marriage as an issue of religious freedom - from
The Interfaith Alliance
Interfaith Alliance looks at same-gender marriage through a
focus on religious freedom, and calls for "quiet conversations"
about the issue, seeking ways for people with differing beliefs,
values, and opinions to live together in a democracy.
read the paper >>
To download the same paper in PDF format >>
Thanks to Gene TeSelle
Progressive clergy affirm
abortion as a moral health care choice for women
Frederick Clarkson, an independent journalist,
author and lecturer who has written about politics and religion
for twenty-five years, with much of his work focusing on the
Christian Right, has posted a lengthy note reporting on
pro-choice religious perspectives.
Among other things he discusses a recent
to Religious Leaders on Abortion as Moral Decision, issued
by the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and
He also reports on
poll which shows that “Catholics support both a public
option in healthcare reform and a plan that would include
funding for abortion.”
National Equality March expresses LGBT witness for equality
Obama's speech offers support
A report from Michael Adee, Executive
Director & Field Organizer of More Light Presbyterians.
Washington, DC. (October 11, 2009) Today
thousands of people marched on Washington for LGBT equality.
More Light Presbyterians supported this historic moment of
national grassroots organizing by: serving as one of the
national pro-LGBT faith organizations to support the March by
officially endorsing it; by having a group of More Light
Presbyterians march; and through the witness of Rev. Ruth
Hamilton, co-pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church,
Washington, D.C., a welcoming and affirming More Light church,
and Michael J. Adee, standing with two dozen faith leaders on
the stage in front of the Capitol with Rev. Troy Perry as he
offered the invocation at the rally.
The rest of the report >>
Presbyterian Coalition protests that proposed new Form of
Government offers “more harm than help”
The Presbyterian Coalition has issued a statement criticizing
the proposed new Form of Government for, among other things:
• “demoting” the authority of Scripture
• imposing “Radical Inclusiveness Without Boundaries”
• giving excessive power to presbyteries in matters
such as dissolving pastoral relationships, appointing
commissions to deal with problems in pastoral relationships,
• allowing presbyteries and GA to require payment of
per capita assessments by congregations
• removing many provisions now in the Constitution,
reducing their weight to mere statements in manuals of the
various bodies, thereby reducing their authority and creating a
“denial of minority rights.”
These, they say, are “reasons to vote No on nFOG”
Their full statement >>
A Witherspoon note:
We have reported concerns of our own about the FOG report. As
you might suspect, they differ a bit from those put forth by the
It is published in the
Summer 2009 Network News, starting on page 25.
it's right here, too, in HTML.
Nobel Peace Prize to Obama – an honor, an error, or maybe
The selection of President
Barack Obama as the recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize
seems to have surprised almost everybody, even in the White
House. It’s interesting that there have been few responses of
enthusiastic approval, even from people and groups that are
strong supporters of Obama and his policies.
Reuters news service has compiled
helpful survey of brief comments from around the world,
ranging from praise to outrage. Here’s a sample of three of
In Indonesia, Masdar Mas'udi, deputy head
of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization Nahdatul Ulama,
said: "I think it's a good thing. I think it's appropriate
because he is the only American president who has reached
out to us in peace. On the issues of race, religion, skin
color, he has an open attitude."
In Pakistan, Liaqat Baluch, a senior leader of
the Jamaat-e-Islami, a conservative religious party, said: "It's
a joke. How embarrassing for those who awarded it to him because
he's done nothing for peace. What change has he brought in Iraq,
the Middle East or Afghanistan?"
South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu, awarded
the prize himself in 1984, hailed the award as "a magnificent
endorsement for the first African American president in
Glenn Greenwald, writing for Salon, offers a nicely balanced
When I saw this
morning's top New York Times headline – "Barack Obama
Wins Nobel Peace Prize" – I had the same immediate reaction
which I'm certain many others had: this was some kind of bizarre
Onion gag that got accidentally transposed onto the wrong
website, that it was just some sort of strange joke someone was
playing. Upon further reflection, that isn't all that far from
the reaction I still have. And I say that despite my belief that
– as critical as I've been of the Obama presidency regarding
civil liberties and Terrorism – foreign affairs is actually one
area where he's shown genuine potential for some constructive
"change" and has, on occasion, merited real praise for taking
steps in the general "peace" direction which this Prize is meant
He lists some
examples: Obama’s changing the tone of U.S. dealings with other
nations, and especially with the Muslim world; his efforts to
deal with Iran by negotiation rather than threat; his break from
George Bush’s “full-scale subservience to Israel,” and more. For
all these shifts, there are few concrete accomplishments so far
– but the shifts are certainly welcome.
Greenwald voices serious concerns: Obama’s continuing escalation
of the war in Afghanistan – with the possibility of much more to
come; increasing U.S. airstrikes that have killed more hundreds
of Afghan civilians; little if any reduction in the U.S.
military presence in Iraq; no criticism of Israel’s invasion of
the Gaza territory early this year ... and much more.
was a constitutional law and civil rights litigator in New York,
and is now a writer, including two New York Times
bestselling books: How Would a Patriot Act?, a critique
of the Bush administration's use of executive power, and A
Tragic Legacy, which examines the Bush legacy.
One Presbyterian writes to the President:
are responding to the award by communicating with the White
House just what it might mean for the President to follow the
high calling which seems to be implied by the Peace Prize.
For instance, the
Rev. Dr. Ralph Clingan has sent this letter to the President:
on receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace. The nomination and
selection, like your election, grew out of the positions you
took during your campaign. I travel to Korea sometimes twice a
year and know how optimistic they were about your help in
bringing about Korean reconciliation. I am involved as a
Theologian in West Asian Peace efforts and thank you for
opposing illegal Israeli settlements and the terror war they
waged in Gaza.
care also was one of your often stated hopes for the nation and
now, with Senator Baucus' Senate Bill, it is about to go down to
ignominious defeat. The profiteers of Wall Street who control
all banking will control all health care except that of old
people on Medicare like me. What a shame. As Mark Twain used to
say, "We have the best Congress money can buy."
The people who
profit from illness spent $380 million to buy Baucus and his
pals who will not make a lack of buying a Wall Street
profiteering policy a crime. That is pure, simple
Fascism/Nazism. I have supported and will continue to support
universal health care through the Single Payer Option, which
would make Medicare/Medicaid available to all on the same basis
as it is made available to you, your family and the people and
families who work for the people in our Nation's Capitol.
May God bless and
keep you as you strive every day to fulfill the promises you
made in your book and speeches which motivated the Nobel
Committee to give you the privilege, task and duty of making
peace on Earth. If I can be of help, just call me.
Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Ralph G.
Dr. Clingan is a Presbyterian minister, now
retired. From 1980 to 1988 he taught preaching in The
Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, and
later at Princeton's Continuing Education Center in Ontario. He
has written an intellectual biography of Clayton Powell and
An Action Preaching Manual, in Korean.
What do you think?
If you'd like to share your thoughts
about this remarkable development,
send a note,
to posted here.
An added comment
positive comment on Obama's Nobel Prize:
"Obama’s words, his calm, his vision, his
integrity, his smile, his brilliance, his good heart unleashed
something in the world that is loose among us."
The Rev. Michael E. Livingston, Executive
Director of the International Council of Community
Churches, has written this for the ICCC newspaper.
He is also a past president of the National Council of
Churches, and is a Presbyterian minister and a former
member of the Witherspoon Society board. He read
our earlier post, and immediately offered to share his
thoughts with us here.
by Livingston >>
Overture on same sex marriage
proposed in Baltimore Presbytery
From Don Stroud on behalf
of the eleven sessions and That All May Freely Serve: Baltimore
At the September 24, 2009, Stated Meeting of
Baltimore Presbytery eleven sessions of churches in Baltimore
Presbytery introduced for a first reading with the final debate
and vote to take place at the November 19, 2009, Stated Meeting
a motion THAT, the Presbytery of Baltimore approve a proposed
overture to the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.): That the Directory For Worship be amended in
(W-4.9001; W-4.9002; W-4.9004; W-4.9006) to make the section on
marriage inclusive of same gender couples.
Click here for the text of the Marriage
Overture in a more generic form so that other presbyteries that
will do so might introduce a similar overture in their own
judicatories, along with more information about the proposed
Different ways of looking at change
On Sept. 29 we posted
essay by your WebWeaver (that’s me) about some of the changes
going on these days in our church and our society – and some of the
different ways we seem to be dealing with them.
I focused partly on what seems to be the increasing
pressure in our denomination, especially at the national level, to
reduce our programs and staff in the areas of social ministries and
The essay stimulated two vigorous responses from our
friends on the right side of the Presbyterian Church. Vigorous, but
rather different in tone and style.
The first one came from the Rev. James Berkley, until
recently the Director of Presbyterian Action, a part of the
Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), and a frequent writer for
the Presbyterian Layman.
He summarizes my thoughts thus:
out from Doug King that his side of the Presbyterian world is
feeling a little put-upon by change. Having received for years a
disproportionate share of the spoils, now maybe that transfer of
power, influence, and funds is drying up a little? Just maybe those
of liberal persuasion will need to live more within what they
contribute, rather than what all of us contribute but they use?
Maybe the insider access to funding and positions and power just may
shift a little, so that this small minority of the denomination (a
fifth or fewer?) has funding and power and access more proportional
to their numbers? King points out what many of us would call only
He concludes by asking:
When will Doug King and others in his camp ever be able to
attribute noble—if different—motivations to those whose
Christian discernment lands in a different place than theirs?
All their ideological opponents—in their eyes—must be bad people
with venal motives, such as fear, obtuseness, power-madness, or
racism. Not so! It is simply not so, Doug King.
For the full letter from James Berkley >>
A fair point, and if I implied assumptions about the
motives of others in the church, I apologize. But to point to the
dynamics of fear in our current struggles, it seems to me (having
acknowledged my own anxieties on moving into a new place), seems to
But I would like to do
just what James Berkley wants: to note with appreciation the
character shown in a second note we’ve received – this one from the
Rev. Robert G. Campbell, pastor of
Tully Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sharon Hill, PA.
begins by noting the common ground between us:
you would find that there are many Evangelicals also committed to
justice. One of the problems I think we have is that we don’t all
agree on how justice in a particular situation might best be
achieved. An example: I believe that there must be healthcare for
all, including undocumented aliens.
clear about differences between the conservative and progressive
sides of the church on issues such as abortion, but urges us all to
work together where we can common ground. And then he offers a point
worth serious attention from all of us:
getting GA funding for one’s projects, while helpful, rarely
trickles down to justice in communities or to the local church. If
we want real racial justice in the PCUSA we have to work together at
the local level.
note from Robert Campbell >>
two very different responses, both critical, both making clear their
differences from my little essay. But my, how different in tone.
If you’d like to offer your own comments, we’ll be glad to hear
Just send a note,
to be shared here.
For an index to all our reports
from the 218th General Assembly
For an index to all our reports from
conference on global mission and justice >>
Earlier in April,
For links to earlier archive pages,
Some blogs worth visiting
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
Witherspoon’s Facebook page
Mitch Trigger, Witherspoon’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.
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!
Plan now for our 2010 Ghost Ranch
GHOST RANCH SEMINAR
July 26-August 1, 2010
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