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 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
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:
|President - Kenneth R. Smith |
|Vice President - Jake Young |
|Treasurer - David Zuverink |
|Secretary/Communicator - Trina Zelle |
|Issues Analyst - Eugene TeSelle |
|Membership Coordinator - John Harris|
|Member at Large - Jennifer Stone |
|Member at Large - Celeste Lasich |
|Member at Large - Vanessa Aja-Sigmon |
|Member at Large - Charles McLain
To contact any of these officers, you can send an e-mail
note to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
Heather Shortlidge, this year's Wareham Intern, who will
serve as convener of the group
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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