Elder Doska Ross is Synod Executive and Stated Clerk
Synod assembly report: March 29 2014 Meeting
The Synod Assembly at its meeting on March 29, 2014 took some very significant actions.
MINISTRY PROGRAM FUNDING
During the morning commissioners had the opportunity to learn about various trainings and projects that are currently being offered across the synod. The Assembly then approved Synod funding for these five. Please contact the Synod office for more information or if you’d like to apply.
You may download a file with information about each program HERE. The programs are:
• Youth Ministry Coaching Program Cohort - $2,500 each for up to 10 participants for one year
• Bridges - $3,000 each for up to 5 training slots, to be available for 2 years
• Programa de Adiestramiento de Líderes Láicos – PALL [Program for Equipping Lay Leadership] – up to $13,000, details to be determined by Commission of Assembly
• Lay Leadership Training Institute [in Santa Barbara Presbytery] – up to $13,000, details to be determined by Commission of Assembly
• Ministry Lab Network – up to $11,000, details to be determined by Commission of Assembly
THE FUTURE OF HANMI PRESBYTERY
Much of the afternoon was spent discussing and deciding on the future of Hanmi Presbytery. The members of the Hanmi AC gave their report and recommendations, followed by members of Hanmi Presbytery sharing their perspective and concerns. A substitute motion was offered which would have postponed final action for two years, but the motion brought by Hanmi AC, that the Presbytery of Hanmi be dissolved at the end of the General Assembly this summer, was approved by a three-quarters majority of those commissioners present. The Assembly also approved sending these related overtures to the General Assembly: The related overtures may be read in their entirety HERE.
On behalf of the entire Synod, I ask for your prayers for the members and churches of Hanmi Presbytery as this action goes forward. We want very much to stay in close partnership with them if the dissolution of the presbytery is approved at GA, and we look forward to working with the leadership of the presbytery to make this a positive and smooth transition. It has been my special privilege to serve alongside these friends and colleagues and I look forward to these relationships continuing.
After fifteen years, the Administrative Commission to Work with the Presbytery of Hanmi will be dissolved on June 21, 2014. There are no appropriate words to say thank you to the 26 people who have served on this commission over that time. Two of them, Doug Edwards and Jill Martinez have served the entire fifteen years, since 1999! I hope you will join me in offering our gratitude to them for their faithful, committed, often very difficult service. Kamsahamnida.
The current members of the Administrative Commission to Work with the Presbytery of Hanmi are: Doug Edwards, Mark Hong, Josephine Lu, Jill Martinez, In Ho Park, and Linda Therien .
Past members have included: Jack Baugh, Leon Fanniel, Robert Fernandez, Phyllis Hart, Kenneth Kang, 203 Paul Kim, Youngman Kwon, Hatsune Izumi, Ming Wang, Peter Kim, Frank McCraven, One Choul 204 Rhau, Janet Wichman, Hyun Sung, John Song, Ben Furuta, Tom Rennard, Sylvia Karcher, David 205 Pak. Particular thanks are given to former Synod Stated Clerk Margy Wentz
Overture to be sent to the 221st General Assembly:
1. Send an overture to the 221st General Assembly:
a. To approve the dissolution of Presbytery of Hanmi effective with GA's concurrence in June 2014; and
b. To direct the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii to create a new administrative commission that will include current members of Presbytery of Hanmi, to follow through with administrative work related to the dissolution of Presbytery of Hanmi and to oversee the transfer of Presbytery of Hanmi congregations and teaching elders to geographic presbyteries based upon the geographic presbyteries' individual criteria, or to supervise the gracious dismissal to another Reformed body of any Presbytery of Hanmi congregations that refuse to or cannot meet those geographic presbytery criteria, all to be accomplished before Dec. 31, 2014; and
c. That the 221st General Assembly approve the transfer of each congregation of the Presbytery of Hanmi into the geographic presbytery in which it is located contingent on the acceptance by the geographic presbytery and the approval of the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii; and
2. At the request of Han Yang Presbyterian Church and of the Presbytery of San Fernando, to transfer Han Yang Presbyterian Church from Presbytery of Hanmi to the Presbytery of San Fernando and request General Assembly’s approval of this transfer, to be effective at the conclusion of the 221st General Assembly meeting in Detroit. No boundary changes are required to effect this transfer.
3. Transfer Torrance First Presbyterian Church from Presbytery of Hanmi to the Presbytery of the Pacific and request General Assembly’s approval of this transfer, contingent upon the vote of the Torrance First Presbyterian Church congregation and its acceptance by the Presbytery of the Pacific, to be effective at the conclusion of the 221st General Assembly meeting in Detroit. No boundary changes are required to effect this transfer.