PCUSA Compassion Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day and Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) Conference

Ralph Jones, Mary Hunt and Art Hunt attended the CPJ and EAD conferences in Washington, DC from April 21-April 24.

The CPJ training and the EAD conference combined inspirational speakers with practical training on a variety of organizing and social justices issues. This year’s theme was “Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Challenging Racism, Materialism and Militarism.” The conference was also a remembrance that 50 years after his speech on Vietnam at Riverside Church, Dr. Marin Luther King’s dream of eliminating militarism, racism and materialism – “the giant triplets of chaos” – remains our dream, our aspiration and our motivation.

CPJ – Doctrine of Discovery

CPJ is the Friday morning “prequel” to EAD.… Continue

Mission co-workers Bernie and Farsijana Adeney-Risakott

Bernie and Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta, whose work in Indonesia FPCNH supports, will visit us on June 12. They will lead adult education together before church, he will preach, and there will be a light lunch (not potluck) after the service for those who are interested in talking to the couple.

Several books about Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, are available from the book cart, as is a copy of a newly published article by Bernie, “Traditional, Islamic and National Law in the Experience of Indonesian Muslim Women.”

Come find out what Presbyterians are doing in this part of the Muslim world.… Continue

A letter from Bernie Adeney-Risakotta serving in Indonesia

March 2016 – Sowing Clover
In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter, war spreading, families dying, the world in danger,
I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.
—Wendell Berry

Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues,

Farsijana with women from Gunung Kidul

Farsijana with women from Gunung Kidul

In the dark of the moon we recently experienced a total eclipse of the sun in Indonesia. The puny, little, darkened moon blotted out the sun. That day many Muslims gathered to say extra “solar eclipse prayers.” Hindus carried out rituals to ensure that the sun would come back and Christians gathered to pray.… Continue

Karla Koll October 2015 Newsletter

Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll
Serving in San Jose, Costa Rica
Latin American Biblical University
Presbyterian Church (USA) Mission Co-worker

Dear companions in mission,

October is upon us. We here at the Latin American Biblical University (UBL) are looking toward the end of our academic year, but there is still lots to do. The on-line bachelors’ programs are just about ready to present to the government for approval. We are advancing on the plans for three on-line masters’ degrees. We are excited about the possibilities the future offers for reaching more students throughout Latin America, though we still don’t know from where all of the resources will come to make it happen.… Continue

Karla Ann Koll provides updates on Presbyterian World Mission

The Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll was our guest preacher June 28th. She has been a PC(USA) mission coworker since 1986, and FPCNH has been supporting her work for about half that time. Currently she teaches at the Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana in San José, Costa Rica. Her students come from a number of different Latin American countries, and range from Pentecostal to Roman Catholic in background.

After coffee hour, Karla spoke to a group of about twenty. She began by talking about the current shortfall in Presbyterian World Mission funding, which will result in the termination of eleven mission co-workers by December 31 of this year.… Continue