We appreciate the passionate outpouring of concern about the new attention-getting campaign for One Great Hour of Sharing. You spoke. We are listening. We plan to revise the campaign. 

We apologize for the offense and pain caused by our effort to promote the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. We strive for excellence in our work, and are deeply sorry when we miss the mark. 

The One Great Hour of Sharing has a long and important tradition with the Presbyterian Church in meeting basic human needs. Those needs are greater than ever and so it is important that the promotion for this offering is done well. 

We will solicit suggestions and input from a variety of Presbyterians as we make this revision. The few hundred churches that have received the offering materials have been asked not to use them. They will be sent new materials. 

Our promotional resources should reflect our deep respect for all of God’s people, the mission of the gospel, and the life-changing ministries supported by Special Offerings. The mission of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is and always will be to partner with those working to create a more just society. 

Samuel Locke
Director of Special Offerings
Presbyterian Mission Agency