Carol McDonald on the selection of J. Herbert Nelson as nominee for Stated Clerk of the PC(USA)

April 21, 2016

Louisville

The Rev. Carol McDonald, moderator of the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee, tells why the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson was selected as the nominee for Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

  1. Excellent selection. Reverend Nelson's leadership, compassion, and dedication to fairness, equality, and social justice is uncompromised. His willingness and ability to speak for and represent the disenfranchised and unrepresented in a genderized, racialized, and ablist society is second to none ! "Robert's Rules of Order"...really !

    by Bryant M. Colson

    April 24, 2016

  2. Excellent selection. Reverend Nelson's leadership, compassion, and dedication to fairness, equality, and social justice is uncompromised. His willingness and ability to speak for and represent the disenfranchised and unrepresented in a genderized, racialized, and ablist society is second to none !

    by Bryant M. Colson

    April 24, 2016

  3. I must admit that I disappointed that the PCUSA leadership looks to be continuing the tradition of picking moderators who will be vocal advocates for positions that many within the denomination do not hold. Rev. Nelson's announcements and protests advocating things such as more government spending, immigration amnesty and other issues will serve to further alienate those of us who are not aligned with what now appears to be PCUSA orthodoxy.

    by Michael Spires

    April 22, 2016

  4. I first met Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson in the 1980's when he was Pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC. I was so impressed with him then. My agency had a Head Start Center housed at St. James. His sermons at Salem Presbytery were very impressive and meaningful. I have followed his career and believe the Nominating Committee's choice is valid and insightful. Whatever he lacks in Robert's Rules of Order, he will overcome. What a daring choice!

    by Nori Torbert, Elder at Speedwell Presbyterian Chur

    April 22, 2016

  5. Dr. Nelson sounds eminently qualified. But I object to Ms. MdDonald's reference to him as a priest and prophet. Prophet yes, priest no. We have pastors. We are, after all, Reformed. We don't have priests in our denomination. Why would you use that term?

    by Richard J. Moore

    April 21, 2016

  6. I stood up for J. Herbert when he was about to take the job in Washington, D.C. and he has done well. However, I do not understand how the Nominating Committee could act as it did when he has no experience with polity or the Book of Order. He is not qualified for this job no matter how good his sermons are! Shame on you!

    by Linda Scholl

    April 21, 2016

  7. Job well done. I look forward to J. Herbert's leadership in this role. Thank you for your service to the church.

    by Gayle Schmidt

    April 21, 2016

  8. lets hope the bridges rev. nelson builds are two-way and don't collect tolls. Also, let's pray that he understands Robert's Rules of Order and applies them fairly, and with divine guidance.

    by c emrich

    April 21, 2016

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