Friday, September 25
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Global Week of Action against Gun Violence / Season of Peace
National Capital Presbytery
Metropolitan Washington, DC
Iona Conversations is a new worshiping community dedicated to discovering where the Holy Spirit and culture are leading Christian communities in our day. It is space, around a meal table and in the public square, to probe justice, compassion, prophetic challenge, and radical Christianity. Iona Conversations takes the risk of experimenting seriously.
Leader Glenn Zuber reflects on one Iona experience at Open Table, a meal for homeless neighbors hosted by Church of the Pilgrims, a PC(USA) congregation: “A guest arrived hoping to receive a coat promised by the coordinator. I didn’t know where to look. Two other volunteers, however, emptied their pockets and gave their own coats to the guests before they started to serve lunch. That simple yet selfless act struck me as quintessentially and profoundly Christian.” In the mix of serving, reflecting, and being challenged, the community has turned to other risk takers (the Hebrew prophets, Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr.) until a path between contemporary altruism and God’s love for the world became clear.
As Iona Conversations grows, the group realizes God has given it a unique ministry, summed up in the image of a banquet table. From a communal meal to the wedding feast of Jesus’ parables, from the Eucharist banquet to a table of abundance for the homeless, Iona Conversations is building one small part of the kingdom of God—around a meal table and in the public square.
Iona Conversations is one of three new worshiping communities, six immigrant developing congregations, and 109 congregations of National Capital Presbytery.
—Kay Huggins, interim associate, National Capital Presbytery
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. G. Wilson Gunn Jr., general presbyter
Elder Sara Coe, stated clerk
Elder Janet Biermann, assistant to the stated clerk
Elder Dick Lowery, business affairs director
Debbie Golden, finance director
LaJuan Quander, communications director
Annemarie Quigley, staff assistant to Committee on Ministry
Elder Adele McCullough-Graham, program assistant
Rev. Kay E. Huggins, interim associate
Young Adult Volunteers
Jennifer Hyde, Maranda Major, Emily Powers, Mallory Price, and Amy Beth Willis, Washington, DC
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Stephen Picha, PMA
Cristina Pitts, PMA
Let us pray
God, you call us to your banquet table and into the public square. May we learn to share our resources, practice mercy, and work for justice wherever we find ourselves today. Bless us as Christ’s disciples. Amen.