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June 11, 2020
A Message From the General Presbyter
I must speak. I must confess. As I read Robin DiAngelo's  White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism , as I just finished  Hallelujah! Anyhow  by Bishop Barbara Harris of the Episcopal Church (the first female bishop in America), I must confess. As much as I don't want to believe it, I am racist. I am privileged. I am seeking. I am listening. I am seeing. I am hearing. I am loving. People of color, people who are different than me, matter. They matter. Not only to me, but to the God of all people.

When I shared with my coach this week that I am trying to determine the best response, the best way to lead this presbytery during these days of seeking to dismantle racism, she asked, "What would Jesus do?" What would Jesus do? What message do we glean from his life and those who received his non-discriminatory love? Is it possible for me to do that? Is it wise for me to face my own racism, to confess my own privilege, to listen to those whose voices have been long silenced?

Friends, God is at work in our world. God is calling me to confess, to listen, to love, to serve. With God's help, I'm ready.

In Christ's Service,

Fred

Fred A. Holbrook, D.Min.
Interim General Presbyter & Stated Clerk
Stated Meeting Reminder
June 16
Online via Zoom webinar
9:00 a.m. - webinar opens

Registration required by June 15 at 5 p.m.
When the reports for the meeting were distributed, the congregation of Lord Jesus Korean Church had not yet held their congregational meeting for the election of Rev. Hyung Joo "Howard" Kim to be their pastor. The staff was informed on Sunday that the congregational meeting was held and Pastor Kim accepted the call. His personal information form and statement of faith have been added to the meeting documents.
Gather Around the Campfire: "Hanover at Home" Launches Monday
Even though the Coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on Camp Hanover's traditional summer camp plans, good things are happening this summer at your camp and it all starts with an opening campfire on Monday, June 15. Lead by Isaiah 40 Project community members, Hanover at Home is a series of weekly events for campers and camp alumni of all ages that will bring the Camp Hanover experience straight to your doorstep. There is no cost to participate, and all are welcome to be a part of and share in the experience. The opening campfire will take place live on Camp Hanover's Facebook page and Zoom channel at 7:30 p.m.
Haiti Webinar Tonight With Cindy Corell
Cindy Corell, PC(USA) mission co-worker, and Fabienne Jean, FONDAMA network coordinator, talk about the resiliency of the people of Haiti via webinar tonight. Learn about the issues facing Haiti and the best way to respond.
(Note: This event is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. When registering, you will notice options for webinars on June 11, 18 and 25. Haiti is the topic of the June 11 webinar. Other Caribbean countries will be featured in the remaining dates. )
GA Supports Youth Business Initiative
Co-moderators Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and Cindy Kohlmann chose Youth Rising Coalition as the offering recipient for the opening worship of the 224th General Assembly. Sponsored by Presbytery of the Baltimore, this group of youth and young adults are working to create jobs in their city. On June 23 at 3 p.m., the initiative will be the focus of an online Hands and Feet event through the 224th General Assembly.
Congress Updates Paycheck Protection Program
A new federal law, passed June 3, amends the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
COVID-19 and Native Americans
The impact of COVID-19 on Native American communities has been devastating. On June 16 at noon, join the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People to learn about how Native Americans have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch on Facebook or via Zoom (RSVP to sdopevents@pcusa.org to receive the link).
Stated Meetings
June 16
105th Stated Meeting
Online
Overture deadline: April 21 at noon
Packet online: June 2
Oct 17
106th Stated Meeting
Orange PC, Orange
Overture deadline: Aug 20 at noon
Packet online: Oct 1
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