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Compassion Corner 

"It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously."   
--Micah 6:8, The Message

 


Pray: A post-election prayer

The original, election-day version of this prayer was inspired by Psalms 72 and written by Rev. Gary Cook, former director of church relations at Bread for the World. Post-election modifications by Laura VanDale.

God help us be a people who will seek your justice.

God help us be a people, in whose midst . . .

. . . All people -- of all colors -- will be judged righteously

. . . The poor will be delivered out of poverty

. . . The land will flourish – and flourish sustainably

. . . Peace will break out in our communities and world

. . . Oppression will be put to an end, so that there will be no more refugee families fleeing halfway around the world with their young children

. . . Cities wrecked by abandonment and violence will once again be full of thriving, hopeful life

And in whose midst there will be . . .

. . . a peaceful international order in which our nation is perceived as a blessing to all the nations.

 

Read:
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the most recent newsletter from the PCUSA Compassion, Peace, and Justice program; this one is all about Environmental Justice.  Learn all about the various ministries of CPJ here.  You can even follow them on Facebook!

--  the Fall 2016 edition of the PHP Post (from the Presbyterian Hunger Program).

-- Join the conversation on the Hunger Action Network Facebook page

 

Take Action:

Work to prevent gun violence:
Join God Before Guns, an ecumenical group in NE Ohio, made up of folks concerned about the vicious cycle of gun violence in our country.  Visit their website and/or their Facebook page and get involved!

 

Step up to address racism:
Join former PCUSA Stated Clerk Clifton Kirkpatrick in looking at the Belhar Confession's calling us to reconciliation "in such a time as this."  Find the article here.  You can also read the most recent issue of Justice and Peace Close-Up, sent out by the PC(USA)'s Compassion, Peace, and Justice ministry. Looking to be more involved?  Join the PWR's Race Action Network, by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Use your voice to end hunger!

Sign the pledge saying that you will urge our political leaders to make hunger and poverty priority issues in the upcoming election.  You can also register for an upcoming Bread for the World Webinar and learn how to be engaged in making hunger and poverty priorities in political campaigns.  Learn more and register here.  Want to do more?  Join the PWR's Hunger Action Network.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Boycott Wendy's!!    
The PC(USA) has endorsed the Wendy’s boycott launched this year by the farmworker-led Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) because of their refusal to join the Fair Food Program. The CIW is asking for our assistance in letting the powers at Wendy's know that we are NOT okay with their bad labor practices.  

Links:  Faith Letter to Wendy’s |  Presbyterian News Service article on PC(USA) and Wendy’s


Welcome Refugees!
Read about our Synod's Urgent Appeal to offer hospitality to those desperately in need of it.  See if your congregation can be a part of this effort.  Also, watch PDA's new video on immigration: Locked in a Box.

Bread for the World's 2016 Offering of Letters: Survive and Thrive
Read about this year's campaign from Bread for the World, focusing on the health of mothers and children.  Watch the video about this year's Offering of Letters.

Learn more about how you can influence the ways that big companies do their business; visit Oxfam’s Behind the Brands-> campaign site.

Choose Fair Trade Chocolate
Americans consume millions of pounds of chocolate per year, but where does it all come from? Forced child labor and child trafficking are a rampant, documented problem in the conventional chocolate industry, but big companies have done little to solve this crisis. So what can you do? Watch the video->

 

Important links:

Presbyterian Hunger Program->
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program->
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations->
Office of Public Witness-> 
Presbyterian Environmental Ministries
Synod of the Covenant
Mission Matters->
Bread for the World->
Ohio Interfaith Power and Light->

 

 

 

 

Overtures to GA 2016

Mission Council will receive and consider requests from sessions to endorse overtures submitted to the General Assembly. It will receive such recommendations and send them to the Presbytery with a recommendation of approval or disapproval, or with no recommendation at all. 

Note there is a time requirement that must be followed for concurrences:

• For amendments to the Constitution: 2/19
• For overtures that will incur a cost: 4/19
• For all others: 5/4
Such concurrences must be approved by a Presbytery and submitted to the General Assembly on or before each date.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact me.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Officer Training and New Member Classes
Looking for a good resource to train officers or teach new member classes?  The Synod of Mi-America has put together a series of online videos and lesson guides to train officers (ruling elders and deacons) as well as to use in teaching new member classes. Check it out here www.theocademy.com
 
Theocademy has 13 lessons for officers and 5 for new members.  The presbytery also has DVD copies of the lessons, contact us if you are interested in borrowing them.
 
Important New Policies
At the May 27 Presbytery meeting, the Presbytery of the Western Reserve approved an updated Sexual Misconduct Policy pdf click here to view policy (140 KB) as well as a Child Protection Policy document click here to view policy
 
Mandatory Reporting
default Mandatory Reporting PowerPoint (274 KB) “Are you a mandatory reporter for child abuse? What is the definition of child abuse? How do I report suspected abuse? Check out this power point presentation especially designed for those in ordained office.”
 
The process of amendments going to General Assembly
 
If your session has questions about the recently passed General Assembly actions in regard to marriage, here is some information from the Office of General Assembly.
 
Book of Order 2015-2017
 pdf Click here (1.85 MB) to download a PDF of the 2015-2017 Book of Order.

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