They are questions the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins gets over and over doing his work as the director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) on Capitol Hill: Why are Presbyterians getting involved in politics?
Isn’t there separation of church and state?
Shouldn’t you be preaching the gospel?
As a part of the opening plenary of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) meeting on Wednesday, board members participated in a panel discussion on cultural humility moderated by the Rev. Denise Anderson, coordinator for racial and intercultural justice, working in connection with the agency’s Compassion, Peace & Justice and Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries.
During the final day of the virtual workshop “Dipping Deeper Into the Well of PC(USA) Ministries,” more than 50 Christian educators, pastors and other Presbyterian leaders heard panel discussions and wrestled with questions on how to form lifelong disciples who are grounded in the Reformed tradition and equipped for peacemaking, witnessing and working for justice and equity for all God’s people.
It’s been only a few months since Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, Florida, worked with a professional beekeeper to relocate a couple of well-established bee colonies from an old rotten tree on the property. The bees were successfully moved to side-by-side hives in the church’s Together We Grow Mission Garden.
Not surprisingly, Hannah Lundberg’s sermon on peacemaking for World Communion Sunday opens with a series of questions:
“What is peace for you? Is it a simple state of being? The way things are until something goes wrong? Is peace the absence of conflict?”
“Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory.” — Mark 13:26