PNews 6/29/23

Back to Basics Part 4: Personal Reflections of the work of “the Presbytery”

Over the last month, we’ve shared three installments of a series called “Back to Basics.” The three previous articles stuck closely to the Book of Order’s definitions and directives. For this final installment, Rev. Brian Wallace shares a few of his reflections on the work of the Presbytery.
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Upcoming Events

The following events take place at the Presbytery Building, unless noted:

July 9
Lam Nguyen Ordination (10:30am, Pittsburgh Vietnamese Presbyterian Church)

July 11
Executive Committee (4:00 – 7:00pm)

July 19
Peacemaking (4:00 – 5:00pm)

Acting Stated Clerk of the General Assembly Named

The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly has announced that the Rev. Bronwen Boswell, currently General Presbyter/Stated Clerk of Shenandoah Presbytery, has been named Acting Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Rev. Boswell will serve until the election of a new stated clerk at the 226th General Assembly in Salt Lake City, Utah, next summer. She will fill the unexpired term of the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, who recently announced his decision to step down at the end of June.
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Care Partner Toolkit Webinar

A webinar is going to be offered this coming on August 17, 2023 at 1:00pm to discuss utilizing a new resource, the Care Partner Toolkit. It will be hosted by the Association of Partners in Christian Education (APCE) and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN). Register to learn more about resources that are available to those in our congregations who are care partners.
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Application for the Repair and Reconciliation Alliance

What are the stories of Black Presbyterian Churches in the Pittsburgh Presbytery? How have we failed as a Presbytery to love them as we love ourselves? How can we heal the breaches with our brothers and sisters in Christ? The Pittsburgh Presbytery created the Repair and Reconciliation Alliance to thoroughly review the historical experiences of these congregations and offer recommendations on actions of repair and reconciliation. Over the next two years, the Repair and Reconciliation Alliance needs various people to begin this task: leaders, researchers, writers, videographers, accountants, and more. If God has given you a gift the RRA could use, please follow this link to tell us more about yourself.
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Attention Chaplains!

Attention chaplains in the Pittsburgh Presbytery: Charissa Howe and Tami Hooker are looking for chaplains who are interested in a chaplaincy collaborative in our presbytery. The first order of business for this group will be to figure out what it is that chaplains need right now out of a collaborative. This could be anything from resource sharing to Bible study and everything in between. If you are interested in finding out more, please reach out to Charissa at

“New Way:” the 1001 NWC Podcast

“New Way,” hosted by Rev. Sara Hayden, is the podcast for 1001 New Worshiping Communities. You can listen to the podcast through their website, or through options listed on this page. Her latest guest, Episcopal priest Rev. Elizabeth Edman, speaks about her book Queer Virtue, and what being a part of the Queer Community teaches her and can teach us about being a faithful Christian.
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