From Hope to Wholeness: Presbyterian Response to the Unrest in Baltimore . . .
Presbytery of Baltimore Hosts Dinner at 222nd GA in Portland, OR
Presbytery Women in the
Central offers workshop series on "When Helping Hurts"
Veterans' Ministry at Grace PC: Tuesday Nights Dinner & Bible Study
Knox seeks a Church Administrator
1st of Cumberland
seeks Director of Music Ministry
1st of Westminster seeks a Director of Christian Education
Barbara Bradley Hagerty Book Lecture
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, June 15
Trustees will meet at 10am on Tuesday, June 7
Committee on Preparation for Ministry
(CPM) meets at 3pm on Wednesday, June 15
Commission on Spiritual Leader Development
will meet at 10am on Tuesday, June 7
Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on July 13
The Cuba Partnership
meets 2pm to 3:30 pm the third Wednesday of each month.
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. At his date, he Presbytery has received $154,507 in pledges toward our budget goal of $225,000.
Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
Havre de Grace
Prince of Peace
Call For Workshops for November 2016 Gathering
We are pleased to announce that
Dr. Paul Roberts of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and
Dr. Katie Cannon of Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary will be keynote speakers
for our November 12, 2016 Presbytery Gathering. In partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis.
Your Gathering Team is now issuing a
call for workshops
for the day. We especially invite Commissions, Ministry Groups, and others in the Presbytery to consider offering a workshop on the theme for the day, or some related theme.
If you would like to submit an idea for a workshop, please contact Jack Carlson, at
, or 410.978.1017, or call the Presbytery office.
Atonement and Racial Reconciliation Under
The overture was borne out of our year-long focus on race, class and poverty following the civil unrest in Baltimore in 2015. It seeks a path to atonement and racial reconciliation, imploring the Church to develop a six-year strategic plan to address racism. The plan would include establishing a
Racism, Truth and Reconciliation Commission and developing a listening campaign to "hear the voices of peoples long silenced regarding the state of institutional racism and oppression within our church.
In a rationale in support of the overture, the Presbytery said:
In recent years, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved resolutions and initiated programs as a faithful effort to address racial injustices in the United States of America. In 1999, the General Assembly received the report, "Facing Racism: In Search of the Beloved Community," in which the church acknowledged that "dismantling racism is a long-term struggle."
The Presbytery hopes to convince the Church to address social injustice in other parts of our country, as well. A second overture to the 222nd General Assembly urges the Church to
apologize to Native Americans
who were part of "stolen generations" during the Indian-assimilation movement, namely former students of Indian boarding schools, their families and their communities.
In its ongoing commitment to social justice -- The Presbytery passed a recommendation on February 11, 2016 to direct the Committee on Local Arrangements for the 224th General Assembly to make racial atonement and reconciliation its central theme and focus when the General Assembly meets in Baltimore in 2020.
In spiritual preparation for the 222nd General Assembly,
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has published a book of prayer for churches entitled "The Hope in Our Calling," so that congregations may keep our commissioners in prayer as they are led by the Holy Spirit to decide on matters of the Church.
The Presbytery will provide periodic reports during the General Assembly via special emails, as well as, on FaceBook and its website. Interested viewers can also log in to PC-Biz for daily updates about overtures and events during the 222
. . . and the Wider Church
Presbytery publishes book on 2015 Unrest in Baltimore . . .
Are you planning to attend the General Assembly gathering in
June in Portland?
Presbytery of Baltimore will be hosting a dinner
for you on Tuesday evening, June 21 and we will need a count of how many to expect. Looking forward to seeing you in Portland!
When Helping Hurts
Central Presbyterian Church
will offer a
class on the book
, When Helping Hurts on
six consecutive Sundays at 9am beginning Sunday, June 5
. For more information go to
Veteran's Ministry --
Join Grace Presbyterian Church every Tuesday night from 6-8pm for Dinner, Bible Study and Addictions Victorious led by The Rev. Nevalon Mitchell, Jr (lead chaplain at the Veteran's Administration in Baltimore). This ministry is for everyone: church members, neighbors, friends and veterans.
Knox Presbyterian Church
. For a job description and salary information.
The First Presbyterian Church of Westminster seeks a part-time Director of Christian Education. Click here for a job description.
On Tuesday, June 14 at St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute welcomes former NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty, who will speak about her new book, "Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife". Join us at 6:15pm at L
aubacher Hall. Tickets are $10. Wine & cheese reception at 5:30pm.