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Witherspoon Annual Meeting at 2004 GA

Witherspoon annual meeting confirms new officers

At the close of the annual Witherspoon Society Awards Luncheon, Kent Winters-Hazelton convened the organization's annual meeting, with some 50 members present.

The chair of the Nominating Committee, Lynne Reade, reported the election by mail-in ballot of the slate that was presented by the committee.

The newly elected officers are:

President is Kenneth R. Smith, who has served as Vice President for the past four years. Before that, he was one of the officers of Semper Reformanda.   [Ken Smith introduces himself on another page.]

Vice President Jake Young has served as Member at Large and Membership Coordinator. He is an Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, IL.

Membership Coordinator John Harris currently serves as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Buckhannon, WV, and Special Presbyter for Quadrant Minister - Quadrant 2 of West Virginia Presbytery.

New Members at Large are Vanessa Aja-Sigmon, a second-year student at McCormick Seminary, living with her husband in Chicago, and Chuck McLain, an Honorably Retired member of San Francisco Presbytery and a Commissioner at G.A. in Richmond.

The newly elected officers are taking office at the close of the General Assembly in Richmond.

The full executive committee now consists of:

bulletPresident - Kenneth R. Smith
bulletVice President - Jake Young
bulletTreasurer - David Zuverink
bulletSecretary/Communicator - Trina Zelle
bulletIssues Analyst - Eugene TeSelle
bulletMembership Coordinator - John Harris
bulletMember at Large - Jennifer Stone
bulletMember at Large - Celeste Lasich
bulletMember at Large - Vanessa Aja-Sigmon
bulletMember at Large - Charles McLain

To contact any of these officers, you can send an e-mail note to, or use the addresses and phone numbers published on the back cover of every issue of Network News.

Gene TeSelle expressed the appreciation of the whole group to outgoing president Kent Winters-Hazelton for his service as president and in other roles before that. Gene recalled Kent's leading role in planning and carrying out a series of regional "mini-conferences" reflecting on the Confession of 1967, and the subsequent national conference held in the spring of 2003.

A new Nominating Committee was named for the coming year, including:

Heather Shortlidge, this year's Wareham Intern, who will serve as convener of the group

Donald Purkey

Jeanne Rodenbough

Bruce Tjaden

John Harris, Executive Committee liaison

The members present voted to allow the Executive Committee to suspend the By-Laws as needed, to make adjustments in the election process and terms of office, in light of the two year period between General Assemblies.



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.


John Shuck’s new "Religion for Life" website

Long-time and stimulating blogger John Shuck, a Presbyterian minister currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., writes about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and lightening up.

Click here for his blog posts.

Click here for podcasts of his radio program, which "explores the intersection of religion, social justice and public life."


John Harris’ Summit to Shore blogspot

Theological and philosophical reflections on everything between summit to shore, including kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, 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.


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.


Got more blogs to recommend?

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