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Tuesday, October 13

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Presbytery of Hudson River

New York

Gun Violence Response Network member Margery Rossi with J. Herbert Nelson II, director of the PC(USA) office of Public Witness Photo by Hans Hallundbaek


Gun Violence Response Network member Margery Rossi with J. Herbert Nelson II, director of the PC(USA) office of Public Witness


Photo by Hans Hallundbaek


Stony Point Presbyterian Church’s commitment to study the matter of gun violence began in January 2011 in response to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson. The following year, under the leadership of pastor Margery Rossi and ruling elder Rick Ufford-Chase, this small congregation studied the PC(USA) report Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call and discussed the spiritual impact of gun violence in our culture.

In June 2012, they approved a strong and courageous statement on gun violence and committed themselves to work actively to reduce gun violence in their community and across the nation.

Inspired by Stony Point’s stand, other congregations in the presbytery followed suit, and a presbytery-wide study of the document was conducted via GoToMeeting technology in the spring of 2013. Out of that, the Hudson River Presbytery Gun Violence Response Network was formed.

In October of that year, the network held a conference featuring Rev. Jim Atwood, one of the authors of Gun Violence, Gospel Values. Attended by people representing about a dozen congregations in two presbyteries, the conference solidified the network’s desire to develop an overture to the 221st General Assembly (2014). With six concurrences, the overture passed overwhelmingly, encouraging churches to stand against gun violence by engaging in biblically grounded conversation about the issue and offering a faithful, pastoral response to it.

The Presbytery of Hudson River is home to 83 congregations.

Rev. Rhonda Kruse, connections and change presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Susan Andrews, general presbyter
Rev. Rhonda Kruse, connections and change presbyter
Rev. Susan De George, stated clerk
Emily Monk, manager of finance
Elder Jean Kaiser, administrative assistant
Rev. Peter Surgenor, director, Holmes Camp and Conference Center
Dr. Hans Hallundbaek, prison partnership coordinator
Rev. Sarah Henkel, cross-cultural catalyst
Rev. Noelle Damico, communications director
Rev. Abbie Huff, missionary, Nyack Project
Lori Hylton, hunger action enabler and office assistant
Michael Lombardi, treasurer

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Greg Rousos, FDN
Anita Rowe, PMA
Hy Rudin, BOP

Let us pray

God of peace, we give thanks that from a small group of faithful disciples a movement can grow to impact the entire world. Strengthen us so that we may continue to love, not only in word or speech, but in deed and truth. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 123; 146
First Reading Jeremiah 36:27-37:2
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 14:1-12
Gospel Reading Matthew 10:16-23
Evening Psalms 30; 86


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