Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington
June 20, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will be among the many faith leaders speaking on the online event.
A number of resources, actions, and activities are planned and available to help organize and mobilize. Most importantly and immediately, we need you to ask the folks in your networks to register for the online gathering. Register for the event
GA Moderator Election – Rescheduled
June 20, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.
Elona Street-Stewart &
Teaching Elder Gregory J. Bentley and Ruling Elder Elona Street-Stewart stand together as candidates for Co-Moderators of the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Bentley pastors the Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, and is endorsed by the Presbytery of North Alabama. Street-Stewart is synod executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies and is endorsed by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Both cite their own heritage and the dramatic influence of the PC(USA) on their lives as the foundation of their desire to serve the wider church.
“Our personal experiences teach so much about who we are, and they are key to building relations across our differences, experiences and our church through the hope of the Matthew 25 initiative,” Street-Stewart observed. “We believe it will take all that we are, individually and collectively, to continue to take on the important work God has for the PC(USA) to do.”
Sandra Hedrick &
Although they serve the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on opposite coasts, Ruling Elder Moon Lee and Teaching Elder Sandra Hedrick believe God is calling them to serve together as Co-Moderators of the 224th General Assembly of the PC(USA).
For more than 38 years, Lee has served congregations in three presbyteries; New York City, Eastern Korean-American and Northwest Coast. His responsibilities have included presbytery moderator, stated clerk, chairperson/moderator of the committee on ministry, and other positions.
Hedrick has served as stated clerk of the Presbytery of St. Augustine and is pastor of the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to ministry, she spent several years as a practicing lawyer.
“Our vision is a ministry of prayer, presence, listening, encouragement and reconciliation, always seeking to reflect and proclaim the active love, grace and justice of our living God,” said Lee. “We see this time in the life of our church, as an opportunity and responsibility to reframe our practices and reimagine our role.”
Marie Mainard O’Connell &
Mainard-O’Connell was baptized into the Presbyterian Church at the age of 23. She went on to receive a Master’s in Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey. She currently leads the Park Hill Presbyterian Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
A graduate of Tulane University, Harvard Business School, and the University of Pennsylvania, Fullerton has served on numerous business, nonprofit, and professional boards, as well as taught at various universities. As a lifelong Presbyterian, Fullerton serves as a ruling elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York. He has also been a successful fundraiser for numerous organizations.
“I’m excited because now we are being forced to make changes that we have needed to make for a long time and with those changes comes the opportunity to really lean into what it means to be a church when we don’t have the building,” she said. “Instead of worrying about maintaining a building, we are focusing on how to reach out to each other and how to worship.”
Youth Rising: Advancing Youth & Adult Entrepreneurs
June 23, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Young people in Baltimore are looking for opportunities. They have the ideas, talent and the dreams for their future, but often times they are overlooked and their talents go undeveloped. Racism and classism are rampant. With no hope and no support, they look for other means to help support themselves or their families.
Youth Rising Coalition members and supporters will join the 224th General Assembly (2020) for an online event. All are invited to participate as we gather here in Baltimore and across the country . . .
- To hear the voices and stories of Baltimore area youth who have compelling ideas about creating a more just and opportune environment for young people.
- Join with community and faith leaders who stand alongside these young people and the organizations that empower them, to amplify their voices, making their hopes our opportunity for action.
Thanks to New Lens, a local film production non-profit and organizing member of YRC, you will learn about the history of youth entrepreneurship in Baltimore, learn how and why this coalition came together. You will meet several of the young people who will share their stories and aspirations. We know that you will become inspired to unite as a virtual community.
Stated Clerk Election
June 27, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.
The Stated Clerk Nominating Committee (SCNC) announced (on April 7, 2020) that it is recommending the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, for a second term as the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Nelson, who completes his first term in June, was first elected to the post at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon.
Per Standing Rules of the General Assembly, the Stated Clerk is elected every four years and applications are available to all ruling elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament.
“In his first term as Stated Clerk, J. Herbert began the monumental work of leading our denomination away from an institution and into a movement of God’s justice, love, and peace,” said Wilson Kennedy, committee moderator. “In our conversations with him, we were convinced of his humble spirit, pastor’s heart, and prophetic vision for God’s kin-dom.”
Kennedy, who also serves on the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA), says the nominating committee felt Nelson is putting the church on the right course for growth and ministry.
“Personally, his emphasis on faithful innovation at the forefront of our common witness as Presbyterians—all the while remaining true to our Reformed heritage, confessions, and, primarily, Scripture—is a compelling vision for how we might be the church now, and in the future,” Kennedy said. “The committee is confident that God is continuing to call him to this work and trust that he will lead our church with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love!” Read the Full News Release