More of the interview with Mark Koenig
See my previous posts and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations: part 1 and part 2.
The Presbyterian UN office’s advocacy brings to the UN voices which otherwise might struggle to be heard. Koenig understands this as a form of Christian witness. Continue reading
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Interview with Mark Koenig
Mark Koenig is the director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I’m very grateful to him for giving me a lot of his time to discuss the work of his office, its purpose, justification and achievements. Continue reading
(You can read the first of my posts about the PC(USA) General Assembly here).
Plenary sessions of the PC(USA) GA– bringing together all the various delegates- took place in a vast conference hall in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in central Pittsburgh. Continue reading
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Following the Community Organising course in Columbus, Ohio, I returned to New York (with a diversion to Atlanta, Georgia due thunderstorms in New York) to spend a few days once again with the Gearys in White Plains. Then, on 30 June, I flew to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 220th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) (PC(USA)).
I’ve already written about some of the topics discussed by the GA. I’ll return to some of those later, but in this post and the next few posts, I want to reflect on the format of the PC(USA) GA, and how it contrasts and compares with the Church of Scotland’s (CofS) Assembly. This will take more than one post: in subsequent posts I’ll be considering the committees system and the plenary sessions.
A good overview of the Assembly is this leaflet produced afterwards for local Presbyterian Churches. Designed as a bulletin insert for Sunday orders of service, this would be a good idea for us as well!
In my last post I listed the programme for the community organising course. Here’s a story which illustrates a bit of what it was all about. Continue reading
On Sunday 17 June, I attended church at University Christian Church, and then had my meeting with Congressman Geoff Davis. Pastor Troy Jackson then picked me up from northern Kentucky, and after brief stops at his home and to buys some fast food so we could lunch in the journey, drove me to Columbus, Ohio for the week long course in Community Organising in Columbus. Continue reading
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Tonight I reported back to my congregation about my study leave with a talk (and photos!). It was lovely to relive it all, and to enjoy the dialogue, including some very pertinent questions!
We have recorded the talk, and I’ll look to trying to make it available online.
CORRECTION: sadly the recording failed!
Meanwhile, here are the photos I used in the presentation Cick on the image to go to the Picasa album, then click on ‘Slideshow’ (top left).