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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 …


A Letter to White Presbyterians

June 2, 2020 | Posted in Announcements

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Elder Ralph Lowe Director of Justice Ministries June 2, 2020 Dear White Siblings in Christ, Another news cycle, another black life taken, and another city in rage and in flames. I am tired; I …


A Cry for Racial Justice

June 1, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Monday, June 1, 2020 How long, O Lord, how long? Words fail us, as we grieve the horror of black lives lost savagely, cut short in recent …


God at Work Away from the Sanctuary

May 28, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister May 28, 2020   Pentecost is usually a grand celebration of God’s revolutionizing Spirit at work in the church. Sanctuaries fairly explode with sights and sounds celebrating …


Truthfulness Always

May 21, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister May 21, 2020   In my recent weekly letters I have been exploring how the church can fulfill its Great Ends (Book of Order F-1.0304) during this season when COVID-19 …


Let My People Go that They May Worship Me!

May 14, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister May 14, 2020   In the past two letters I have explored how the church, with its facilities locked down, can be guided by the first two …


Public Presence

May 7, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister May 7, 2020   In last week’s letter I suggested that the Great Ends of the Church (Book of Order F-1.0304) offer us sure guidance as we navigate our pathway …


Sure Guidance for a Traumatized Church

April 30, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister April 30, 2020 Let’s be honest. The church has been traumatized by its incapacity to fulfill an essential function, namely, to gather God’s people together for worship, …


Jesus Incognito

April 23, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister April 23, 2020   One of the most important roles of church leaders is to help their congregations discern where and how God is present and at …


Easter in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

April 16, 2020 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister April 16, 2020 This year Easter arrived amid the deadliest viral outbreak in more than a century. Death is everywhere at hand, and we don’t yet know …