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Six years ago, Hilda Ramírez arrived in the United States with her seven-year-old son, Ivan, after fleeing Guatemala. She spent a year in a Texas detention center, where she led women on a hunger strike. Four years ago, she and her son were offered Sanctuary at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, where they remain even as they face deportation and fines in the tens of thousands of dollars.
On the recommendation of its Nominating, Governance and Personnel Committee Friday, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation Board approved a succinct statement describing the agency.
The Rev. Gregory Bentley and Ruling Elder Elona Street-Stewart, the Co-Moderators of the 224th General Assembly (2020), took 45 minutes Thursday with members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation Board to share their vision of what’s ahead over the next two years.
Nearly 200 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) national staff and friends gathered online Wednesday for a brief worship service designed to say thank you and Godspeed to the 44 employees who have agreed to accept voluntary separation.
The Rev. Gregory Bentley, co-moderator of the 224th General Assembly, believes that this presidential election is a critical one for the United States, and he already has a voting strategy in mind.
For Robert P. Jones, Tuesday’s webinar was a chance to discuss his significant book, “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity.” And for the faith leaders who appeared with Jones during the event put on by Simmons College of Kentucky and Empower West Louisville, it was a chance to enter into remarkable conversation about the future of an inclusive church — if only it will proclaim the authentic gospel of Jesus Christ.
Staff and board members from the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly and the A Corporation Board are working to build a Coordinating Table designed to enhance discernment and collaboration among the three agencies and help them put together a unified budget process and document ahead of the 225th General Assembly (2022).
Like the Apostle Paul, when the Rev. Kevin Johnson was a child, he thought like a child. But even then he had the good sense to ask his mother and the people at his church plenty of questions — much the same way Muhammad Ali did in a taped interview Johnson played for his colleagues on the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Thursday.
“We are here holding up the life of Breonna Taylor, one who gave her life not intentionally, but a life that will be remembered for the movement she has now created,” the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II said during a vigil Sunday honoring the woman killed in her apartment March 13 at the hands of Louisville police.
Leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) called the decision of a Louisville grand jury to indict only one officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor on three counts of wanton endangerment “a travesty.”