Hunter Farrell, Director of PCUSA Worldwide Mission, was the scheduled speaker on Friday, September 9th but has been called away to attend a summit meeting on the relationship of the PCUSA and the Presbyterian Church of Mexico (INPM). It appears that after 139 years of partnership in mission, the INPM has voted to sever the relationship with the PCUSA in response to our denomination’s change in its ordination standards. Hunter will be part of a panel working to determine where we go from here.
In his place, Chris Roseland, Associate in Mission, will lead the conversation about worldwide mission. He hopes to invite mission co-worker, Marta Bennett who is on furlough from Kenya. Together they will talk a bit about the strength of the PCUSA’s mission work around the world, and answer any questions you might have about our role in supporting the mission of the PCUSA.
World Mission is one of the Presbyterian Church’s greatest legacies. Shifts in how we do World Mission have brought both opportunities and challenges. World Mission has begun to work intentionally in “communities of mission practice.” To truly make a difference, Presbyterians must coordinate their work with each other and with the church’s global partners. We will learn about concrete and successful programs that work in collaboration.
Working together, we have identified three critical global issues:
• Addressing the root causes of poverty, especially as it impacts women and children
• Strengthening the capacity of the global church to witness to God’s love in Christ, and
• Working for reconciliation in cultures of violence, including our own.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.