Keeping Calm in the Already-and-Not Yet:
Doing Ministry While Waiting for the 2020 Vision
These discussions are open to EVERYONE -ministers, deacons, elders, non-ordained members-in EVERY kind of RCA ministry-progressive, conservative, and everywhere in-between. They are meant to help us all keep anxieties low and creativity and receptivity to the Holy Spirit-who just maybe isn't yet done speaking.
Each evening will include a simple supper, a discussion (presented as dispassionately as possible) of what happened at Synod, a discussion of the polity implications, and a discussion of how we can reduce anxiety and reactivity in our congregational and classical systems. There will NOT be talk of strategizing about how to help progressives win or how to help conservatives win. These evenings are all about how we listen for the Spirit so that God's Church wins.
The three events are listed below. Please plan to attend the one that's easiest for you, even if it isn't in your Regional Synod. Come when you can; leave when you must.
Monday, July 8th, 6:00-9:30 pm at New Brunswick Theological Seminary
35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ
Dinner will be graciously provided by Project Hospitality
Facilitators: Anna Jackson, Paul Janssen, and Micah McCreary
Tuesday, July 9th, 6:00-9:30 pm at the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns
42 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
Dinner will be graciously provided by the Regional Synod of New York\
Facilitators: Tim TenClay, Linda Burlew Gold, and Micah McCreary
Thursday, July 11th, 6:00-9:30 pm at Community Reformed Church of Colonie
701 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, NY
Donations toward the cost of dinner will be gratefully received
Facilitators: Jonathan Vanderbeck, Matthew van Maastricht, and Paige Convis
Please RSVP to
by July 3rd, indicating which session you plan to attend, so that we have enough dinner to go around.
UPDATE: There will be limited Internet connections for each gathering!
While the gatherings will NOT be live streamed, a limited number of people who just CANNOT be physically present at any of the events will be able to follow along on Zoom. The picture and sound quality won't be as good as the livestream, but the hookup will be monitored, and those on-line will be able to send in questions via Zoom chat; someone monitoring the computer will then share those questions aloud. To take part via Zoom, you must receive a Zoom link from the Reformed Church Center; e-mail email@example.com by NOON the day of your event to request one.
James Hart Brumm, Director
The Reformed Church Center
The Seminary Archives
The Theological Writing Center;
General Editor, Beardslee Press
New Brunswick Theological Seminary