Presbyterian Peace Fellowship’s Activist Council

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is a wide network of peacemakers who engage issues of both national and international import. They are called to be movers and shakers within the PC(USA) and beyond, encouraging one another to take seriously God’s call to God’s people to participate in God’s nonviolent work of love, peace, and justice in the world.

Activist Council members are the hands and feet of the PPF working for peace. Anyone who commits to follow the nonviolent way of Jesus and be active in and contribute to the work of PPF is welcomed and encouraged to join the Activist Council.… Continue

Fossil Free PC USA Overture

Back in the summer, the Rev. Rob Mark contacted several people in this presbytery about supporting a
measure asking the upcoming General Assembly to divest from fossil fuel companies. After due
consideration, the Mission Committee voted to forward the measure (technically called an “overture”)
to Session for approval. In December, Session voted to forward the overture to Presbytery for its
February meeting.

The overture begins by expressing:

“. . . profound concern about the destructive effects of climate change on all God’s creation, including a disproportionate impact on those living in poverty and in the least developed countries; the elderly and children; and those least responsible for the emissions of greenhouse gases.


Bryce Wiebe named Manager of Special Offerings for Presbyterian Mission Agency

bryceweibepcusaBryce Wiebe, former Christian Educator at First Presbyterian Church, has been promoted to the position of manager of Special Offerings for the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Bryce, who currently works for the Presbyterian Hunger Program, will assume his new role on March 2.

He will lead a staff responsible for promoting the PC(USA)’s Special Offerings, including One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peace and Global Witness, and Christmas Joy. Congratulations, Bryce!


News from the 211th General Assembly

The General Assembly of the PCUSA met over eight days in Detroit to worship, pray, and to give thanks to God from whom all blessings flow. The commissioners and invited guests also met to consider overtures from across the nation, reflect, and vote on policy changes and new mission directions for the denomination in the years to come.

Elder Dick Hasbany was one of the commissioners from the Presbytery of Southern New England. In addition to Dick, church member Margaret Fox, and YDS Intern Jackie Spycher were also in attendance.

The assembly was life changing for so many, and it was difficult and wonderful and challenging too.… Continue