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PresbySpeak is the podcast and audio platform of the Presbytery of Philadelphia (PCUSA). PresbySpeak is also the host site for our Covenant Connections, where we tell the stories of the work and witness of our churches and related ministries and engage in honest conversations about what it means to bear witness to the gospel in our time and place. Check us out online at https://presbyphl.org/covenant-connections/

PresbySpeak also hosts other digital media of our equipping events, keynotes and fishbowl conversations at Presbytery meetings, and other worthwhile soundbites that empower our church leaders in Greater Philadelphia and beyond.

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PresbySpeak is the podcast and audio platform of the Presbytery of Philadelphia (PCUSA). PresbySpeak is also the host site for our Covenant Connections, where we tell the stories of the work and witness of our churches and related ministries and engage in honest conversations about what it means to bear witness to the gospel in our time and place. Check us out online at https://presbyphl.org/covenant-connections/

PresbySpeak also hosts other digital media of our equipping events, keynotes and fishbowl conversations at Presbytery meetings, and other worthwhile soundbites that empower our church leaders in Greater Philadelphia and beyond.

Follow us on Twitter: @presby_phl
Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/PresbyteryofPhiladelphia/
A Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    From Lament to Hope: GA224 Commissioners Report to the Presbytery of Philadelphia

    From Lament to Hope: GA224 Commissioners Report to the Presbytery of Philadelphia

    We give thanks to God for yet another faithful gathering of the Presbytery of Philadelphia at our recent virtual stated meeting on July 18, 2020. Over 175 individuals logged onto ZOOM or viewed through Facebook LIVE. As a part of the meeting, we examined two candidates for ordination, Timothy Wotring and Alex Evangelista, both whom were approved to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. We also heard from commissions and committees serving our presbytery, gave reports on how we are coming alongside our congregations in the midst of challenges posed by COVID-19, and heard from our Executive Staff about the last seven months of ministry together. Check out our YouTube channel for videos shared during this time. However, a major highlight was our Commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate to the 224th General Assembly leading the faithful in worship and reporting on where they saw the Spirit at work in this year’s virtual assembly. What follows are the full and unedited reflections from our stated meeting. Our commissioners will now serve as the Committee on Bills and Overtures for the next two years. Please lift them in prayer.
    You can check out their interviews and blogposts during the Assembly and read their bios here: https://presbyphl.org/general-assembly-commissioners-blog/

    Ministers of Word and Sacrament:
    Rev. Anna Grant-Borden (Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church)
    Rev. Pam McShane (Tree of Life Church)
    Rev. Leah Miller (The Anchor Church)
    Rev. Todd Stavrakos (Gladwyne Presbyterian Church)

    Elders:
    Elder Megan Acedo (Beacon Church)
    Elder Eck Gerner (Swarthmore Presbyterian Church)
    Elder Lois Adele Hayman-El (West Philadelphia Presbyterian Partnership)
    Elder Lloyd Higgins (Oxford Presbyterian Church)

    Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD):
    William “Will” Gillespie (Wayne Presbyterian Church)

    Side note: As we continue to discern possibilities in the midst of both the pandemic of COVID-19 and the pervasive realities of systemic racism, we are reminded over and again of the courage and care that is expended by our congregations and ministry leaders as incarnations of Gospel Hope. You are in our prayers. You have indeed demonstrated energy, intelligence, imagination, and love as you serve the people. May God continue to move in and through you, assured it is Christ’s work that forms and sustains our witness.

    • 41 min
    CyberPsalm Cafe: Congregational Creativity in a Season of Caution

    CyberPsalm Cafe: Congregational Creativity in a Season of Caution

    Welcome to PresbySpeak, the Podcast of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, This week marks our final episode in a series we have titled, CyberPsalmCafe: PresbySpeak for a Time Such as This. We have covered a lot, from frontline workers and chaplains to safety measures, youth and childrens ministry to courageous conversations on race. You can check out all of these past episodes on-line and the videos are available on Facebook, Youtube, and our website at www.presbyphl.org/cyberpsalm. As we wrap up this series and make space to envision what conversations might be helpful for the fall, we thought it would be good to talk Congregational Creativity in a Season of Caution. As Pennsylvania moves to green and explores how to adapt in the midst of recovery as we continue to live into this reality of pandemic life that is far from over, we brought together a panel of ministers who are are thoughtfully, carefully, and faithfully exploring how to be the church in this season and days ahead. Listen in as we hear from Revs. Diane Fitch, Randy Barge, Ryan Balsan, and Carla Jones Brown.

    Quick plug: this weekend also marks the end of the virtual gathering of the 224th General Assembly. Originally scheduled to be hosted by the Presbytery of Baltimore, our delegation of nine has been participating on-line as the Presbyterian Church conducts only essential business but also leans into what it means to be a connectional church as we bear witness to the gospel in our time and place, near and far. Be sure to listen to Conversations with Our commissioners on previous episodes and continue to lift them in prayer. We will hear more from them at our July Stated Meeting scheduled for Saturday, July 18th.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Conversation with Our Commissioners to GA224: Rev. Pam McShane, Lloyd Higgins, & William Gillespie

    Conversation with Our Commissioners to GA224: Rev. Pam McShane, Lloyd Higgins, & William Gillespie

    This past week we have enjoyed these conversations with our commissioners as we hear from our delegation to the 224th General Assembly. Typically, by Thursday of GA we would have engaged some significant work, wrapped up committee work, anticipated our final plenary sessions on Friday, and been moving towards a closing worship. Instead, the agenda has been skeletal and Friday and Saturday will mark the only days of real business. It will begin, however, with worship at 11 a.m. and we invite you to join us on livestream at www.ga-pcusa.org or on the Spirit of GA Facebook Page. There you can also check out previous videos of misison and ministry partners, bible studies, and more. We also invite you to pray for the newly-elected co-moderators, Elder Elona Street-Stewart and Rev. Gregory Bentley as well as the election of the Stated Clerk of the OGA, currently held by the Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson. For now, enjoy these three faithful servants, two commissioners, Rev. Pam McShane and Lloyd Higgins, and Young Adult Advisory Delegate, William Gillespie.

    • 27 min
    Conversation with Commissioners to GA224: Lois Hayman-El, Eck Gerner, and Leah Quarles

    Conversation with Commissioners to GA224: Lois Hayman-El, Eck Gerner, and Leah Quarles

    Grateful you are here to join us as we hear from our commissioners once again. As they continue to serve as a part of our delegation to the 224th General Assembly, we are grateful for how they have served on our behalf virtually even though originally scheduled for Baltimore. You can check out some of the updates as to what has transpired thus far at www.ga-pcusa.org. We also encourage you to check on on the Spirit of GA Facebook page to see the recent streams of stories and initiatives partnering with and supported by this year’s assembly, to include the Poor People’s Campaign and the Youth Rising Coalition through the Presbytery of Baltimore and this year’s Hand’s and Feet Initiative. These young entrepreneurs are impacting Charm City in profound ways. The offering collected at GA is supporting this movement.

    See also previous conversations with our commissioners and a blogpost, too: https://presbyphl.org/general-assembly-commissioners-blog/ or on our PresbySpeak Podcast on both iTunes and So0undCloud.

    • 27 min
    Conversation with Commissioners to GA 224: Rev. Todd Stavrakos & Elder Megan D. Acedo

    Conversation with Commissioners to GA 224: Rev. Todd Stavrakos & Elder Megan D. Acedo

    This weekend was a historic, unique, and all in all faithful virtual gathering of the 224th General Assembly. We are grateful for our commissioners and young adult advisory delegate who represented us well, albeit over ZOOM versus in Baltimore. One of the major highlights, the Assembly elected co-moderators Elder Elona Street-Stewart and Rev. Gregory Bentley. On a deeply historic note, Elona is the first indigenous person to serve in this roll and we are grateful for how this pair will serve the church and shape the vision for the next two years of gospel witness in such a time as this.

    We are grateful in this video to hear from two of our commissioners, Elder Megan D. Acedo (Beacon Church) and Rev. Todd Stavrokos (Gladwyne Presbyterian Church).

    More details on GA224:
    https://presbyphl.org/the-224th-general-assembly/

    • 22 min
    A Summit on Race: What Does the Lord Require of Us?

    A Summit on Race: What Does the Lord Require of Us?

    In 2015, our Presbytery began a year-long venture in what we called Courageous Conversations on Race, Bias, and Privilege. We knew then that our commitment was rooted in our collective call as disciples of Jesus Christ to love God and love neighbor. We also knew we were building upon the work of the many saints before us, entering into the work alongside saints in our time and place, and would need these conversations to continue well into the future. Needless to say, we have regularly reengaged these courageous conversations as racism, along with many other isms of our day, continue to impede upon the wellbeing of our neighbors and each of us in 2020. That said, in light of the ongoing killings of African Americans, to include George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery among others, and the recent marches, protests, rallies, and vigils intended to affirm black lives matter and demand the dismantiling of racism that plagues our neighborhoods, faith communities, systems, institutions, governments, and law enforcement, we rebooted our fishbowl conversation from 2015 with a new wave of panelists. These panelists represent both ministers of color and ministers who are white as we once again enter into a courageous conversation, asking together, what does the Lord require of us? May this be your question, too. And may you live into the response in word and deed as a witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Panelists: Rev. Kevin Porter, Rev. Eustacia Moffett Marshall, Rev. Wonjae Choi, Rev. Adan Mairena, Rev. Baron Mullis, Rev. Samantha Hudson, and Rev. Casey Thompson. Moderated by our Executive Presbyter, Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace. Opening Prayer by the Moderator of our Presbytery, Elder Vijay Aggarwal.

    More episodes of our CyberPsalm Cafes: PresbySpeak in a Time Such as This: www.presbyphl.org/cyberpsalm.

    Interested in 2015 conversations on Race, Bias, and Privilege: https://presbyphl.org/race-bias-privilege/

    • 1 hr 17 min

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