Message from the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
“The church has strengths and resources it can draw on to be bold…Why give into fear when we can dream big and accomplish transformative change in our communities?” – Raj Nadella
Hands and Feet is an initiative to highlight and support local and national efforts of the PCUSA to facilitate change and communicate God’s love. As we come together to celebrate General Assembly meetings, Hands and Feet is the vehicle that enables GA participants to be a part of public witness ministries that are seeking God’s justice.
This year, we will be focusing again on the issue of cash bail, a system that continues to burden people in Louisville, KY and in other communities around the country. It is a moment to remember where we have been and where we may go as we accompany local community leaders and partners.
The event will include reflections from those affected by the cash bail system and leaders and members involved in efforts to end the use of cash bail. The event will be grounded by a panel discussion about the missional expression of Hands and Feet and the systemic injustices compounded by cash bail.
Esteemed panelists are:
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II is the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Rev. Dr. Nelson has served as the top ecclesial officer of the PCUSA since he was elected at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon. He served as the director of the Presbyterian Washington Office of Public Witness and pastored several churches in the PCUSA prior to being elected Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA. You can learn about Rev. Dr. Nelson’s service as Stated Clerk here.
The Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell
Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell is a professor of Theology at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS). Dr. Craigo-Snell joined the LPTS faculty as a constructive systematic theologian in 2011. Two of her most recent books are Disciplined Hope: Prayer, Politics, and Resistance and No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice (co-authored with Christopher Doucot). You can read more about Shannon Craigo-Snell at https://www.shannoncraigo-snell.com/
The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins
Rev. Jimmie Hawkins is the director of the Presbyterian Washington Office of Public Witness and the Presbyterian United Nations Office. Rev. Hawkins joined the PCUSA national staff in 2017 and previously served churches in North Carolina and Virginia. Rev. Hawkins discussed his most recent book, Unbroken and Unbowed: A History of Black Protest in America, with the Presbyterian Historical Society. You can watch the conversation here.