Presbytery and synod news

September 18, 2009

ATLANTA — “Is Peace with Justice Possible in Israel/Palestine?” is the theme of an Oct. 17 conference here sponsored by Joining Hands for Justice-Atlanta/Palestine Committee and the Peacemaking Committee of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

To be held at Atlanta’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, the event will feature speakers Jala Basil Andoni, Hekmat Bessiso-Naji and Ruth El Raz of Jerusalem Women Speak, a project of Partners for Peace, Christian, Muslim and Jewish: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision; Mark Braverman, an American-Jewish writer and author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land; Gregory Khalil, an American Palestinian Christian and president and co-founder of The Kairos Project; and Sam Jones and Nathan Stock of The Carter Center in Atlanta.

For more information contact Sarah Humphrey by phone at (404) 636-1429 ext. 113, or by email.

SEATTLE — The first in a series of workshops on abuse prevention training for ministers in Seattle Presbytery has been scheduled for Sept. 19 at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.

The presbytery requires that all ministers take training in abuse and sexual misconduct prevention, which includes practices for setting healthy boundaries, every three years.

Other training opportunities are scheduled for Nov. 7 at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church and March 2 at Rainier Beach Pres. Training sessions will also be offered Jan. 8 and May 26 at locations to be announced.  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Presbytery of Charlotte is sponsoring a regional multicultural conference and festival Oct. 30-31. The conference will be at First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte and the festival at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church.

“God is bringing all nations and tongues to our church doors,” the event brochure reads. “Do we embrace this adventure with hope? Or do we hunker down in fear?”

The conference will feature a variety of workshops on such topics as intentional leadership, children’s and youth ministry in multicultural contexts, dismantling racism, facing change without fear, and immigration issues.

For more information, contact Debbie Wilkinson by phone at (704) 535-9999 X213, or by email.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Churches in the Presbytery of East Iowa are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the mission partnership between the presbytery and the Presbytery of Ceará in Fortaleza, Brasil.

The celebration culminates on Oct. 4 when the churches in both presbyteries will use jointly-developed worship materials in Sunday worship.  

LEXINGTON, S.C. — The Communication Committee of Trinity Presbytery is offering five workshops on various aspects of church communications on three occasions in upcoming weeks.

The events will be Sept. 22 at the Korean Community Church in Columbia, S.C.; Oct. 6 at First Presbyterian Church, Aiken, S.C.; and Oct. 27 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greenwood, S.C.

Workshops offered include: “Create Your Own Podcast & Videocast,” “Using Technology Effectively in Worship,” “Introduction to the Internet as a Ministry Tool,” “Web Design — The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and “How to Invite All Your Neighbors — Marketing Strategies That Work.”

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