Out of chaos, hope
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. — Song of Solomon 8:7
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Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast late Friday, bringing lashing rain and sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Even as its force has waned, Harvey has brought historic flooding, forcing rivers and streams from their banks, submerging homes, churches, businesses and roads, stranding thousands of people. Your gifts are urgently needed now to support the communities devastated by this historic storm and those throughout the Gulf region who are still in the path of Harvey’s torrential rains. Donate Now.
You can join in the response and encourage those in need by standing in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray.
Support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s emergency response and long-term recovery work in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey.
You can also give with a credit card by visiting presbyterianmission.org/GIVE-HARVEY or by phone at 800-872-3283.
• Put together Gift of the Heart kits for survivors in the affected areas — hygiene kits and cleanup buckets are especially needed. For more information, go to pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/.
• Contact the PDA Call Center to be notified of volunteer opportunities. Call 866-732-6121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Learn how your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources, including a bulletin insert, and share updates with your congregation.
God, our Shelter,
Be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and to bring comfort and strength to those who suffer. Amen.
For more information, visit pda.pcusa.org.
The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee invites you to the third annual Climate Crisis Conference, featuring authoritative speakers, workshops, and lunch included for the $15 registration fee ($20 at the door). Scholarships are available as well. Climate Crisis Conference Flyer
Later article (August 28, 2017) STATEMENT OF FORMER PC(USA) GENERAL ASSEMBLY MODERATORS ON CHARLOTTESVILLE
(August 14, 2017) In the wake of a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia fomented by the “alt-right,” four top leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) today issued a statement condemning white supremacy and racism.
The leaders – General Assembly co-moderators Jan Edmiston and T. Denise Anderson, Presbyterian Mission Agency Interim Executive Director Tony De La Rosa, and General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II -- praised the “faithful witness” of church leaders, especially those in Charlottesville, and acknowledged that “Scripture has been misused to justify white supremacy and racism.”
The statement further declares that “White supremacy and racism stand in stark, irreconcilable contradiction to God’s intention for humanity” and acknowledges the church’s historic complicity in systemic racism in the U.S. And the leaders commit the church to “stand against, speak against and work against racism and white supremacy, this day and every day.” [Continue reading . . .}
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:25–26 )
WE BELIEVE that any teaching which attempts to legitimate such forced separation by appeal to the gospel, and is not prepared to venture on the road of obedience and reconciliation, but rather, out of prejudice, fear, selfishness and unbelief, denies in advance the reconciling power of the gospel, must be considered ideology and false doctrine. (Excerpt from The Confession of Belhar)
White supremacy raised its head and occupied a weekend of the news. We are reeling as a nation from President Trump’s cursory statement that failed to aggressively condemn the existence of the alt-right and their promotion of vitriolic racial rhetoric and white supremacy. No longer can we make statements of denial that racial hatred and bigotry are isolated occurrences in our society. We witnessed the blatant actions of white supremacists giving declaration to their views of dominance, control and superiority in the streets of Charlottesville, a prestigious university town in Virginia. If the espousal of white supremacy was not enough, we now know that James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio is the driver of the car that killed one person and injured dozens more in the name of white supremacy. These occurrences are the result of a protest organized by the alt-right to maintain a statue of another white supremacist, Robert E. Lee.
The handprint of racism is all over the United States in the 21st century. My question is: Where are we in the Church with the racist attitudes that have now been given an extreme voice from the highest offices in the land – both governmental and corporate? Where are the modern-day prophets – not simply in the streets and on television, but in local communities, organizing for a new day in the United States? [Continue reading . . .}
(August 14, 2017) Yet, we do not lose faith! Presbyterians in the Mid-Atlantic Region are being called to speak out against Hatred, Injustice and Racism of all kind, particularly that which was demonstrated in Charlottesville, VA, Saturday, August 12, 2017. This region (Synod of the Mid-Atlantic) is the largest number of Presbyterians (U.S.A.) in the denomination. Can we use this collective presence for a forceful and visible voice for justice, equality and unity in the midst of Hatred?
White supremacists and neo-Nazis marched around the city chanting racist epitaphs. We saw visible symbols and activities, which at one point in history, were conducted in the shadows of the night. We heard the voices of young white men yelling racist words. We saw those carrying torches, Confederate flags and displaying Nazi symbols. One of God’s children was killed resulting from a car ramming the crowd. Two State Troopers died in a helicopter crash responding to the disturbance. [Continue reading . . .}
You may scroll through this report or a full-page version is HERE, where you will also find links to download the report in either in MS Word as a PDF document.
The Synod Assembly met on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at New Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles) in the Presbytery of the Pacific. Special thanks to the church’s pastor TE David Won and to the church members for their warm hospitality. This congregation was one of the first in the former Hanmi Presbytery to transfer to a geographic presbytery.
Actions taken by the Assembly include the following.
1. During the opening worship service TE Mark Hong was installed as the Synod Executive/Stated Clerk by the Moderator, RE Janice Takeda of San Gabriel Presbytery.
2. As recommended by the Commission of Assembly, the Assembly voted to reallocate the $450,000 that was reserved for Hanmi Presbytery to use for funding new church development or revitalization projects in the following manner:
a. The Synod would retain $240,000 to be used for ethnic Korean ministry development under the jurisdiction of the presbyteries of the Synod. Matching $1 to $1 grants (same as current Synod policy) would be provided based upon presbytery commitments.
b. The remaining $210,000 would be evenly divided among the remaining seven presbyteries toward their existing balances for church development or revitalization projects.
3. As recommended by the Synod Finance Committee, the Assembly voted that the net proceeds of $363,856.68 from the sale of the property of the Casa Blanca Home of Neighborly Services shall be placed in a restricted fund that will be disbursed to the Presbytery of Riverside exclusively for the benefit of community ministry within the City of Riverside or alternatively a community based ministry in neighboring communities within the bounds of the Presbytery of Riverside.
4. RE Pat Niles of Los Ranchos Presbytery was elected to fill a vacancy in the Class of 2019 on the Synod Permanent Judicial Commission.
Other highlights of the Assembly included:
1. Heard and/or received reports from the Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership Program (REPL); Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation Work Group (JPIC), Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Camp and Conference Centers, Inc., Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center and the Commission of Assembly.
2. Heard a report from TE Elizabeth Gibbs-Zehnder about her work as the Presbyterian chaplain at LA County + USC Medical Center. Her position is funded by the Synod and the Presbyteries of the Pacific, San Gabriel, San Fernando and Los Ranchos.
3. Heard reports from the Presbytery of the Pacific, Santa Barbara Presbytery, San Fernando Presbytery, San Gabriel Presbytery, Los Ranchos Presbytery and San Diego Presbytery.
4. Heard a report from the Finance Committee on the performance of the Synod’s investment accounts with the New Covenant Trust Company, New Covenant Funds and the Presbyterian Foundation Endowment Fund.
The Presbyterian Mission website has a new look, and many new features. You'll find it HERE.
A list of online resources is HERE.
Facing Racism–Vision of the Intercultural Communigy: Website and Resources
The Synod's Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC),invites you to a Climate Crisis Conference on October 7 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Details and registration information are on the flyer:
For updates and general information about the work of the committee, please contact The Rev. Sunny Kang.
Please download the Partnership Grants Protocol bulletin, linked below, to learn how the synod, in partnership with PC (U.S.A.) may be able to assist your congregation.
PDA assistance was available during the 2016 wildfire emergencies within the Southern California area, for example
Every World Communion Sunday (the first Sunday in October) is an opportunity for taking the Peacemaking Offering, a quarter of which goes to the Synod committee responsible for peacemaking awareness and events, a quarter to the local presbytery (if still organized for such gospel-based witness), and a half of the offering to G.A. In its 34th year the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is surely among the finest ventures of Christian discipleship our church has been involved with.
The Synod has allocated $240,000 for Korean ministries within its bounds. Application is made through the church's presbytery which must match the Synod's contribution. Please see the letter (linked below in Korean and English) for details and instructions.
Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
MARK HONG ext. 109
FRIED WILSON ext. 110
Full Charge Bookkeeper
BARRY PETERS ext. 107
( Email )
NARCISSIS TUCKER BISHOP
( Email )
Moderator—RE Janice Takeda
Stated Clerk: TE Mark Hong
Vice-Mod.— RE Susan Skoglund
Treas.—RE Bill Hughes
CoA Moderator— RE Maurice Caskey
Our Synod gives scholarship money to racial ethnic seminarians. The window for Spring, 2017 closed on April 30, but forms are still available below for those who have made other arrangements.
The application is customarily submitted electronically via e-mail (in MS Word); if you need another format please use the contact the Coordinator at Rev. Narcissis Tucker Bishop via e-mail: email@example.com.
All applicants will need the Application Form and the Applications Instructions, linked above under "Download:"
Part IV of the application will require a signature from your CPM/COM/Session OR a typed signature on the Word version, e-mailed to REPL from an e-mail account under the same name. Part IV is included inthe MS Word electronic-fill-in application so the applicant can forward the completed form to the CPM/COM/Session to complete and e-mail to REPL. If you prefer, you may supply a PDF version of Part IV to your CPM/COM/Session instead, using the Part IV Application PDF, below. That page can be returned by mail, FAX, or (if scanned after signing) by e-mail, where the committee will match it up with Parts I - III that the applicant submitted electronically.
PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE WAS
APRIL 30, 2017. There will be another application season this year, in the Fall.
For additional information or technical assistance please contact:
Rev. Narcissis Tucker Bishop
• Synod Commission of Assembly (CoA)
• Synod Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC) • Committee on Representation and Nominations (CR&N);
• Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership Committee (REPL);
• Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC)
• Polity & Records
• Monte Vista Grove Homes, Inc.
( Presbyterian Camp and Conference)
• Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Commission, Inc.
• Presbyterian Men
• Presbyterian Women
• Related Mission Partners
Part-time; position description is linked below. This position’s duties are, but are not limited to, designing and keep current the presbytery’s website, social media sites and preparing the presbytery’s weekly newsletter. If interested, please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
SYNOD OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND HAWAII
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Phone: 213.483-3840 • FAX: 818-891-0212
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