A High Calling in Portland

Presbyter for Vision and Mission Innovation, collaboration, and adaptability will be expected of the Presbytery of the Cascades’ new Presbyter for Vision and Mission. The presbytery expects that the new Presbyter will be committed to knowing, loving, and following Jesus Christ; knowledgeable about and enthusiastically committed to the Presbyterian Church (USA); eager to know and support the ministry of all the congregations in the broad and long sweep of the presbytery of the Cascades; and open to ecumenical and interfaith sharing of ministry and mission. The new Presbyter will serve as head of staff for the presbytery, encouraging a team approach to serving the presbytery; represent and connect the presbytery to other councils of the PC(USA), other churches, and other partners in ministry; and work particularly closely with the Presbytery Leadership Commission and the Personnel and Administration Committee, as their primary staff resource person. The new Presbyter will work out of the Portland office of the presbytery, but will be expected to travel extensively. If this sounds like the perfect call for, please apply by sending your application to ani@synodpacific.org, or by email to Ani Lele’a, Synod of the Pacific, 200 Kentucky Street, Suite B, Petaluma, CA, 94952-3825. Deadline for submitting PIF/Resume is March 14,...
General Assembly Update #3

General Assembly Update #3

Dear Friends, It is very late and I am sitting in my hotel room watching the sky fill with flashes of lightning.  With every flash I am reminded that I am very far from home.  The wonderful news is that I am here with some great team members from our presbytery and I want to brag a little about them.  The Drurys are serving in the hospitality suite of the Coalition.   They feed commissioners, pray with them and make sure that they are an encouraging presence.  There is a big team from Merced, including Bill and Judie Pruitt, Cindy Brown, Jean Robbins and Karen Greene who are the unsung heroes, always faithfully and quietly working behind the scenes.  They make ministry happen.  Nancy Clegg, (stated clerk from Sacramento), and her husband, Jay, encourage people by their presence.  They support the Sacramento team and we are grateful they are here.  Bob Mitchell is a servant through and through.  He relates so well to people and did a spectacular job presenting one of your overtures.  We just didn’t have the votes.  Charlie Brown was so effective in the mid council committee.  I was blown away by his finesse in the committee.  He said the hard things that needed to be said but in a way that people could hear.  Ken Robbins is a brilliant mind- we all know that.  But what we might not all know is that he is so generous with his time and gifts as he helps resource many commissioners and committees.  Henry Greene is the calming presence that we all need in a difficult General Assembly.  And...
General Assembly Update #2

General Assembly Update #2

Dear Friends, I hope this finds you well and blessed and seeing God’s mercy.  We are in our last full day of committee discussions and there is indeed a lot of business at hand.  Yesterday was a very long day for many of us, so I would sure appreciate your prayers for our commissioners and team.  Please pray for these dear ones: Charlie and Cindy Brown, Henry and Karen Greene, Ken and Jean Robbins, Bill and Judie Truitt, Keith and Caroline Drury, Nancy and J.F. Clegg, Bob Mitchell, and me. One thing that I can tell you is that Gradye Parsons was elected to another four-year term as Stated Clerk of the denomination. No one stood as an alternative candidate. I will send an update from yesterday’s business but I am awaiting confirmation on a few committee details.  One significant thing I can report is that the Church Orders committee approved an overture from Sacramento Presbytery which states,“The 220th General Assembly (2012) acknowledges that faithful Presbyterians earnestly seeking to follow Jesus Christ hold different views about what the Scriptures teach concerning the morality of committed, same-gender relationships. Therefore, while holding persons in ordered ministry to high standards of covenant fidelity in the exercise of their sexuality, as in all aspects of life, we acknowledge that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) does not have one interpretation of Scripture in this matter. We commit ourselves to continue respectful dialogue with those who hold differing convictions, to welcome one another for God’s glory, and not to vilify those whose convictions we believe to be in error. We call on all Presbyterians to join...