In the Spotlight
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of the P.C.(U.S.A)
At this past year's General Assembly in Portland, the gathered body voted on a number of amendments to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) As most of you know, these amendments only become a part of the Constitution if a majority of the Presbyteries of the P.C.(U.S.A) vote in favor of their adoption. The Presbytery of the Western Reserve will be voting on whether or not to adopt at the Stated Meeting this March. You can access a PDF of all the proposed amendments on the Office of the General Assembly website by clicking here, and the clicking the download link for English, Spanish, or Korean.
This is a great opportunity for all of us (whether or not we are commissioners) to get "up to speed" with what is going on in our denomination. We encourage you to download and read the proposed amendments.
A Diagram for Our Structure
by Eric Muller-Girard, Moderator of Presbytery
Like the PWR leadership structure that it represents, the diagram expressing our structure was developed by the 2015-2016 Mission Council over the course of several months and with considerable discussion. Its nautical form is in keeping with the following intentions- adapted from the book Sailboat Church by the Rev. Joan Gray:
In Our Congregations
A Field Trip with God
By the Rev. Matthew Reeves
On a recent late Sunday afternoon, twenty-some members of the Christ Church community met at one of Geauga County’s parks, The Rookery, for a “Field Trip with God.” Before we set out to walk or, in the case of some, to run or scurry over the old Interurban Railroad line that is now a path through wetlands and hardwood forest, we listened to Jesus’ admonition to his disciples
Theodicy and Racism
By Mary Susan Pisano
Theodicy, or the problem of why God “allows” evil had a bad reputation in my seminary. Suffering obviously wasn’t a good thing, and we were encouraged as future pastors to steer clear of the kinds of platitudes we all grew up hearing from the ministers in our childhood. I think that my professors had their hearts in the right place. They wanted to make us the best pastors we could possibly be and evaluating and commenting on other peoples’ pain is not at all pastoral.
In Current Events
New Church in the Presbytery
Excitement, Celebration and Greater Community Service! That’s what happens when a 160-year-old church joins with a 60-year-old church to form a new congregation serving the Berea and Olmsted Falls communities.
Why would two strong churches join together? When First Congregational sold their building in 2009 to Baldwin Wallace University, they began by considering whether they would build or buy a new building. For the first four years, they