Things to know
I Hope You Can Feel That Fresh Perspective
I will be in Ghana with Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso and small contingent of PNYC members October 15-25. I will be meeting with leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana, both denominations having members who have migrated to NYC and are part of this presbytery’s ministry to Ghanaians.
Vacation and Vocation
Each morning the sounds of car horns, buses, and student conversations outside my Bronx apartment building reminds me summer vacation is over. Photos posted on Facebook of the children of my nieces and nephews reflect more interest than dismay entering for the first time, or returning, to their schools. I hope you can feel that fresh perspective as you return to your churches and the mission we undertake together as a presbytery in our love for and faithfulness to Jesus Christ.
Pentecost 2018 – Faithful Witness, Faithful Resistance
vacare ‘be unoccupied’
"freedom from obligations, leisure, release" (from some activity or occupation)
vocare ‘to call.’
spiritual calling," from Old French vocacion "call, consecration; calling, profession"
a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action
Since the establishment of Vocational Guidance in 1908 by the engineer Frank Parsons, the use of the term “vocation” has evolved, with emphasis shifting to an individual's development of talents and abilities in the choice and enjoyment of a career.
It's Mother's Day Weekend
The simple trust and complexities of being a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ unfold throughout the Book of Acts. The Spirit’s work of enabling disciples to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in languages that all nations could hear, initially is interpreted by outsiders as early morning drunken babbling. Yet, once the Spirit speaks to the heart of what God is doing in the world, many find themselves coming to Jesus.
Annual Meeting, Elections, Installations
In John’s telling of the crucifixion, when Jesus was lynched on a cross with crowds deriding him and his life almost over, he looked and saw his mother and told his beloved disciple John to look after her. I couldn’t help but remember how many mothers could use a disciple of Jesus to also look after them. We have aging mothers, many grandmothers and great-grandmothers, in our congregations, living alone in apartment buildings or nursing homes. What disciple of Jesus looks after them?
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is a reminder that our next presbytery meeting will be held May 15 at the First Presbyterian Church, Jamaica, NY. It is our Annual Meeting and will include the election of persons to serve on presbytery committees, the installation of our new moderator (Sandy Lane) and moderator-elect (Chris Shelton), commissioning of our General Assembly delegates, the audit, my annual report, thanks to those completing presbytery service, and other items of governance from our presbytery committees. The meeting will begin in the afternoon and conclude with worship, probably after dinner.
Does Your Church Have Space to House the Homeless?
Fifty years last night, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN ahead of a march to take place for sanitation workers. He was shot and killed the next day on April 4th. His life ended,
Poor People's Campaign - NYC Events
NYC can provide you help to do so.
“Foxes have dens, birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
“Lord, when did we see you homeless and provide a place for you to sleep?”
Free Webinar on the Moral and Theological Basis for Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action
The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival continues to grow across New York. Here are ways to plug into the campaign in New York City:
THE GOSPEL IN NEW YORK CITY - "Follow me," Jesus said.
Join Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Co-Chairs Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis on Thursday, March 22 at 4pm (EST), for a free webinar on the moral and theological basis for Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action, as well as updates on the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival!
An Invitation from Rev. Sterling Morse, PCUSA's Coordinator for African American Intercultural Congregational Support
Our core values - Embody God's Love, Proclaim God's Word, Promote God's Justice - are derivative. They come from following the way Jesus embodied God's love, the words Jesus proclaimed, and the way he promoted God's justice, that the will of God be done on earth as in heaven. "The reign of God is at hand," Jesus proclaimed; "turn to me and believe the gospel"-the good news I will show you.
I condemn the President of the United States' vulgar remarks...
I am Sterling Morse, a Teaching Elder with the Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries area of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is my pleasure to serve you as the Coordinator for African American Intercultural Congregational Support.
To serve you effectively, I would like to build a relationship with you, starting by engaging you in a listening session
Provide Hospitality to Hurricane Evacuees
I condemn the President of the United States’ vulgar remarks...
Tax Reform Bill--And How You Might Engage It
The Presbytery of New York City has been invited to work with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) Evacuee Services Program to assist in providing hospitality to the hurricane evacuees coming to New York City from Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands.
I was in prison...
The Board of Pensions wants you to know that tax reform bill is being pushed for immediate passages in the United State Senate will affect clergy, religious workers, and lay church workers in the following ways:
Who is God?
The Committee on Witness to Society and the World (CWSW) invites you to respond to Jesus' words by joining the Project Connect Prison Visit Team.
To Love Our Neighbors: Responding to Gun Violence
There is this profound inter-relatedness between our understanding of God and our understanding about ourselves. I hope you know this in your experience of yourself and God.
How Does Kinship Work?
In the words of the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, "It isn't enough to feel outrage, but do nothing. Or to feel fear, but do nothing. Or to feel utter, bone-crushing grief, but do nothing."
In light to this week's tragedy in NYC, these stories come home when I wonder how does kinship work amid those persons and places where avenging becomes the norm of success.
Remember the cries of people who need you to make noise. Remember the leaders of nations that need you to make noise about God's justice and mercy. Remember your congregations and this presbytery when making noise will help us center where God has called us in embodying God's love, proclaiming God's Word, and promoting God's justice.