Announcements

Awareness and Transformation: Kneeling During the National Anthem

October 8, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Episode 6: Kneeling During the National Anthem (September 2020) Now that got your attention…Colin Kaepernick in 2016 knelt during the national anthem at the start of NFL games in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. …


West Branch Gatherings – Register Now for the Next Meeting

October 7, 2020 | Posted in Announcements, Branch News

November 12  6:30 – 8:00 PM on Zoom In the aftermath of Election Day we will consider how we can practice what we preach about graceful speech, and acknowledge all the emotions that arise when there are political winners and …


Covenant Pastor Announcement

September 22, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Dear Friends- Since the adoption of the new form of government in 2011, what was a list of different classifications of pastoral position was reduced to two: installed and temporary.  Since that point in time, many Presbyteries, including our own, …


Next Generation Ministry Contact Update

September 10, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

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Waiver of 2019 Minutes Reading Requirement

September 2, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Waiver of 2019 Minutes Reading Requirement Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic which has prevented in-person minutes readings and the disparity in access to technology to permit electronic minutes readings, the Ecclesiastical Committee has granted congregations within Pittsburgh Presbytery a …


Awareness and Transformation: Black lives matter, de-funding the police, and all THE things

August 27, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Episode 5: Black lives matter, de-funding the police, and all THE things In a conversation that has been long in coming, Ralph and Brian tackle difficult topics including the biblical concept of social justice as it relates to black lives …


Awareness and Transformation: What about reverse racism?

August 13, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Episode 4: What about reverse racism?  (August 2020) In conversations about race, it’s not unusual for someone to ask “What about reverse racism?”  They point to affirmative action, “minorities encouraged to apply” statements, and other examples of situations where being …


On Baptism and Ordination in a Time of Pandemic

August 6, 2020 | Posted in Announcements, COVID-19 Resources

July 2020 Many people are inquiring about how to celebrate the sacrament of baptism and services of ordination/installation in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Office of the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Theology and …


Awareness and Transformation: What is implicit bias?

July 31, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Episode 3: What is implicit bias? (July 2020) Remember the state representative from Ohio who asked if African-Americans are contracting coronavirus at higher rates because they don’t wash their hands as well?  In this episode, Ralph and Brian point to …


CPM News for July/August of 2020

July 28, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

CPM News for July/August of 2020 Highlights: Meet Adrien! CPM Deadlines for Appearing before CPM Ordination Exam Schedule/Reminders Enneagram Assessment Option Sermon Recording Opportunity CPM Staff Contact Information and CPM Webpage Meet Adrien – After many years of faithful service, …


Awareness and Transformation: Defining racist and racism

July 15, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Episode 2: Defining Racist and Racism (June 2020) In this episode, Ralph and Brian dive deep into definitions.  Notably, how do we define two words: Racist and Racism.  They end up talking about “racist” as an identity”, “racism” like it’s …


COVID – 19 Updates

July 8, 2020 | Posted in Announcements, COVID-19 Resources

The Pittsburgh Presbytery office is continuing to work through a phased re-opening.   During the first phase the staff will be in the office on Tuesdays and will continue working remotely the remainder of the week.  Although the staff will be …


Legality, Polity, and COVID-19

July 8, 2020 | Posted in Announcements, COVID-19 Resources

The presbytery staff have been answering many questions from ministers and clerks of session about how to adapt to being church during the stay at home order necessitated by the Covid-19 crisis.  Each situation is different, and the presbytery staff …


Awareness and Transformation: Let’s Talk

June 30, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Episode 1: Let’s Talk (June 2020) This is the follow-up piece to the introduction above.  In it, Ralph and Brian cover a variety of race-related conversations including growing up in Pittsburgh as a black man, growing up in the suburbs …


Awareness & Transformation: Conversations About Life, Race, & Faith

June 3, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

Awareness & Transformation: Conversations About Life, Race, & Faith In response to the killing of George Floyd, presbytery staff members Ralph Lowe and Brian Wallace are recording a series of conversations you are welcome to use with your congregation in …