In this season: GA222 Co-Moderator reflections

Goals for the two-year term

August 3, 2016

Join Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as they share regular reflections in this video blog. In this intallment Jan talks about the goals for their two-year term. View and share.

  1. Jan & Denise, I look forward to your communications during the next two years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bryce & Phyllis Little, Pasadena, CA

    by Bryce Little

    August 17, 2016

  2. Jan! Terrific video! Thank you and Denise for being so visible! I agree about the background; please ditch the brick wall! You have a lovely on-camera presence, IMHO. What a great way to share with the church (at least those who are online) weekly! I'll find the book and read it:-). I am white; attended the PCUSA racial ethnic conference in Ft. Worth in 2005 which is where I learned about more about "white privilege."

    by Susan Herman

    August 10, 2016

  3. Sisters Jan and Denise, I agree with the issues you've chosen . Both issues are fundamentally change management issues. These are not binary solution issues. And change will take time but we should expect better than the tolerated glacial pace of change that is our norm. The base line issue is rooted in the fact antiquity and modernity occupies the same space and time. Always has and always will. Incorporation of our history as necessary and management of our present as required is the missing link to actually increasing the rate of our change. The God-provided resources (people, talents, and experiences) to make change happen are in place in every single church in the PCUSA waiting to be put to use. Thank you, co-moderators, for initiating the initial step. Please consider this way ahead: The Department of Defense, facing change management issues, is successfully leveraging the methods and processes of Lean Six Sigma to foster continuous change. Continuous change must become the goal not a typical forced knee-jerk response to a no long can be ignored/tolerated community issue. We can reclaim the leading edge of solving people problems. Consider me, and the Presbytery of the James, on team Denise and Jan.

    by Charles Lee Holmes

    August 8, 2016

  4. Hello Jan, Welcome and best wishes as co-moderator. I have added a link to this, your introductory video recommending we read Waking up White in The Intercultural Community PC(USA) Collection of the Anti-racism Digital Library / International Anti-racism Thesaurus. I invite you to browse the research and development library 😊. The goal is to fuel the Christian imagination beyond racial categories, increase understanding of anti-racism and give us a vocabulary to do so. I'd love your feedback. http://endracism.info/ Thanks for all you do for us! Peace, Anita St. Mark Pres (Newport Beach), Presbytery of Los Ranchos (California)

    by Anita Coleman

    August 7, 2016

  5. Hi Jan, Nice video, but you really need a better background. That reminded me of "running into a brick wall", and I don't want your and Denise's term to hit a brick wall! I am not white, so am not so sure I will read the recommended book, but I have been doing much reading from those who are not white, about race, and living while Black. Keep up the communication.

    by Linda Lee

    August 6, 2016

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