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Funding for Witherspoon programming

Witherspoon seeks funding for a staff position. 
We invite you to help!

The Witherspoon Society

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

Jane Hanna, President
10 Descanso Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505


[posted here 12-27-01]

Dear Witherspooners,

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 $10,000 goal.

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 community.

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 growing.

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,

Jane Hanna

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 society!



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!


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