Presbyterian Voices for Justice 

A union of The Witherspoon Society and Voices of Sophia

Welcome to news and networking for progressive Presbyterians 

Home page Marriage Equality Global & Social concerns    
News of the PC(USA) Immigrant rights Israel & Palestine
U S Politics, 2010-11 Inclusive ordination Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan
The Tucson shootings The Economic Crisis Other churches, other faiths
     About us         Join us! Health Care Reform Archive
Just for fun Confronting torture Notes from your WebWeaver

What's Where

Our reports about the 219th General Assembly, July 2010

About us

The Winter 2011 issue of
Network News
is posted here
- in Adobe PDF format.

Click here for earlier issues
Adobe PDF  Click here to download (free!) Adobe Reader software to view this and all PDF files.

News of Presbyterian Voices for Justice
How to join us


Coming events calendar 

Do you want to announce an event?
Please send a note!
Food for the spirit
Book notes

Go to


NEWS of the Presbyterian Church

Got news??
Send us a note!
Social and global concerns
The U.S. political scene, 2010-11
The Middle East conflict
Uprising in Egypt
The Economic Crisis
Health Care Reform
Working for inclusive ordination
Peacemaking & international concerns
The Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan
Israel, Palestine, and Gaza
U. S. Politics
Election 2008
Economic justice
Fair Food Campaign
Labor rights
Women's Concerns
Sexual justice
Marriage Equality
Caring for the environment
Immigrant rights
Racial concerns
Church & State
The death penalty
The media
Other churches, other faiths
Do you want regular e-mail updates when stories are added to our web site?
Just send a note!
The WebWeaver's Space
Want books?
Search Now:


Witherspoon membership letter

The Witherspoon Society

Presbyterians Working for Peace, Justice, 
& the Integrity of Creation

[posted here 12-27-01]

The Rev. Trina Zelle, Membership Coordinator
Manhattan Presbyterian Church
1201 N. Piedras
El Paso, TX 79930

Phone (915) 855-8167

Dear Members and Friends,

I hope that you won't take more than a minute to decide to renew your membership in the Witherspoon Society. It's your ongoing commitment that maintains the Society's progressive witness so necessary to the integrity of our denomination. But if you need some help deciding, here's just a sampling of the good things that have happened because of this unique company of progressive Presbyterians.

In 2001 the Witherspoon Society:

bulletSupported the progressive cause at General by offering pre-Assembly orientation to Commissioners and monitoring all of GA committees and GA plenary sessions.
bulletHosted our annual GA luncheon. Speakers included James Hudnut-Beumler, Dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School who explained his "regulatory agency" model of contemporary American denominational life. He sees that "our denominational meetings and processes have become, too often, exercises in attempting to compel and control where we no longer trust our abilities to convince." (Read more about it in the Summer 2001 NetworkNews.);
bulletIssued a "Call to Civility" from Ghost Ranch in August. In part the call says "...We appeal to the church to exhibit the fruits of the Spirit -- love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, generosity faithfulness and self-control --  which find their roots in Jesus Christ." Currently Witherspoon, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Executive Committee, several congregations and over 150 individuals have endorsed this call. See the full text on the Witherspoon website (
bulletFinalized the merger of Witherspoon and Semper Reformanda, strengthening our progressive witness and increasing our membership.
bulletWith the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship co-sponsored a Ghost Ranch seminar on economic globalization and militarism.
bulletExpanded our contact base at seminaries to support and nurture progressive seminary students. At this year's GA we sponsored two seminary interns to work with us, one of whom continues to do recruitment activity on our behalf.

In 2002 the Society is looking forward to:

bulletSponsoring a series of regional conferences marking the 35th anniversary of the Confession of 1967 to explore the continuing importance of that document to our life and witness. With so much emphasis on the Book of Confessions it is critical that Presbyterians understand them both in context and content;
bulletFilling the new staff position of program coordinator (see the accompanying letter from our president, Jane Hanna),
bulletExpanding the number of local and regional chapters of the Society;
bulletStrengthening the scope and number of seminary chapters of the Society;
bulletSponsoring a seminar at Ghost Ranch: "In Search of Alternatives to Violence," (July 29-August 5), led by Barbara Green, Alan Geyer, and Bruce Gagnon.
bulletWitnessing at General Assembly, as we do each year, with Commissioner Orientation, committee oversight and support, testifying at committee hearings and collaborating with other progressive groups; seeing a lot of you at our annual luncheon and listening to thought-provoking remarks from our featured speakers.
bulletPlanning for the 30th Anniversary celebration of the Witherspoon Society in 2003;
bulletAnd of course, there's always the GA Witherspoon Dance!

And Continuing To Do What the Witherspoon Society Always Does:

bulletPublishes quarterly the Network News with its updates and analysis of our Church's issues and debates;
bulletMaintains our Witherspoon web site ( which keeps you even more current; and
bulletContinues the work of progressive witness to bring healing and justice to our church.

As usual, we're doing a lot. That's because we're driven by a love for the PCUSA and a passion for justice. Thanks to your involvement and support, we'll continue to get a lot done.

In the spirit of God's Shalom,

Trina Zelle
Membership Coordinator

To renew your membership - or to become a new member! - just use the convenient on-line membership form, OR mail in the return envelope in the center of your latest issue of Network News, with your check for the appropriate amount.



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.

If you like what you find here,
we hope you'll help us keep Voices for Justice going ... and growing!

Please consider making a special contribution -- large or small -- to help us continue and improve this service.

Click here to send a gift online, using your credit card, through PayPal.

Or send your check, made out to "Presbyterian Voices for Justice" and marked "web site," to our PVJ Treasurer:

Darcy Hawk
4007 Gibsonia Road
Gibsonia, PA  15044-8312


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.


Got more blogs to recommend?

Please send a note, and we'll see what we can do!


To top

© 2011 by Presbyterian Voices for Justice.  All material on this site is the responsibility of the WebWeaver unless other sources are acknowledged.  Unless otherwise noted, material on this site may be copied for personal use and sharing in small groups.  For permission to reproduce material for wider publication, please contact the WebWeaver, Doug King.  Any material reached by links on this site is outside the control and responsibility of the WebWeaver and Presbyterian Voices for Justice.  Questions or comments?  Please send a note!