All Invited to Northeast Regional Gathering: Discussing Ministry Goals

The Northeast Region of the Presbytery of Philadelphia will meet on Tuesday, June 13 at the Bensalem Presbyterian Church located at 2826 Bristol Road, Bensalem, PA 19020.

Join us at 9:15 am for registration and a continental breakfast.
Our meeting will be called to order at 10 am.
Our focus will be the next 300 years of our ministry together with focused commissioner-led discussions on the role of pastors and laity in leadership, successful outreach and evangelism, and ministry goals for our next 300 years of ministry together!
Please stay for a free BBQ luncheon at noon graciously hosted by the members of the Bensalem congregation.
Encourage your church members to attend!
Parking is available on the side and behind the main building. The sanctuary main entrance has a handicapped accessible entrance and parking.

Thank you,
Rev. Cynthia Betz-Bogoly
COPMM commissioner and NE planning team member

Summary of Crossroads Anti-Racism Workshop

A Presbytery-wide Anti-Racism Workshop was held on March 11, 2017, hosted by the Northwest Region

Inspired by the call to celebrate our 300th Anniversary with a focus on mission, and wanting to deepen the Presbytery conversations on “Race, Bias and Privilege,” the NW Region invited Crossroads Anti-Racism Training to lead a day-long seminar called “Introduction to Systemic Racism.” Sixty people representing over a dozen congregations from across the Presbytery gathered at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill for learning, conversation, worship (and a delicious lunch). The program was supported by the Church Leadership Development Fund of the Great Ends Grants, and with donations from the Ambler, Norriton, Oxford, and Summit Presbyterian churches. Individuals also gave generously!

Crossroads is dedicated to helping people understand and combat racism in institutions – including the church. They offered a definition of racism that went beyond the common understanding of racism as a matter of personal prejudice or hostility. It is better defined, they suggested, as a combination of race prejudice combined with misuse of power by institutions and systems – and therefore needs to be tackled on both an institutional and personal level. An ethical/theological framework developed by Christian Ethicist Miguel de Torres guided our discussions.

Provocative questions, personal stories, videos and short lectures sparked energetic conversations between members of different congregations. We looked at the concept of a cultural “center” and “borderlands” (developed by philosopher Gloria Anzaldua) to explore how racism and other kinds of oppression play out in society. We considered ways in which the church is complicit, and how it might change.

Near the end of the day we thought about our own congregations and where they fit on an anti-racism spectrum. Nearly all agreed there was not enough time for this interesting exercise and we needed an opportunity to plan next steps. The Northwest Regional team will be exploring ways we can further our anti-racism work.

The Northwest Regional Leadership Team thanks the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, for graciously hosting, and all who attended and made the event a success. Thank you to the Presbytery for supporting churches. Stay tuned for follow-up programming!

Learn More About Crossroads: http://crossroadsantiracism.org

Southwest Regional Meeting on March 21 focuses on Immigration and Refugee Issues

The SW Region of the Presbytery of Philadelphia will be meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

The program will focus of Immigration and Refugee Issues

Guest speakers are coming from HIAS, the New Sanctuary Movement and Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

If you have not done so, please RSVP to [email protected] so they can have a head count for dinner.

Rev. Dr. David Lose Presents to the Northeast Region on Church in the Digital Age

Did you miss the most recent Northeast Regional? Our guest presenter was Rev. Dr. David Lose, who spoke on the “Challenges in the Church in the Age of Technology.”

Check out the video of his presentation here:

Ministry in an Age of Digital Pluralism: Rev. Dr. David Lose at NE Region

Posted by Presbytery of Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

 

Northwest Region Hosts “Introduction to Systemic Racism” Workshop

All are welcome to attend this important workshop on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm!

The NW Region invites you to join them in a special workshop. As part of the Presbytery’s 300th Anniversary celebration, they are offering an “Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop,” conducted by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training (crossroadsantiracism.org)

  • You are encouraged to sign up with others from your church.
  • Cost: $25, which includes lunch and snacks. (Checks made out to Presbytery of Philadelphia)
  • Parking available.

This workshop helps people explore the idea that racism is not only a matter of individual prejudice but a systemic, institutional problem of power. Participants will be exposed to the “power definition” of racism, its historic and legal roots and the way it functions today. The discussion will be placed in a theological framework, which will begin with worship.

RSVP Here:

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Southwest meeting Re-Scheduled for November 5!

CEM logoThe Southwest Region has rescheduled their gathering for Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Chester Eastside, Inc. (The ministry is located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chester.)

All are invited to join with the Southwest Region as they gather in celebration and fellowship. During the meeting they will be honoring the life and work of a couple of pastors who are retiring.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions of for additional information.

Hope to see you there!!

Stewardship for the 21st Century will be the Topic for the NE Region Meeting in October

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The Northeast Region will gather on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Newtown Presbyterian Church beginning with a light supper at 5:00 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. meeting time.

The Topic will be:

Stewardship for the 21st Century, led by Rev. Su Fall.

NW Region 9/24 Meeting Topic: Antiracism: Next Steps?

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The Northwest Region of the Presbytery will next gather on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield Township (Flourtown) beginning at 9:00 am.

The topic for the meeting:

Antiracism: Next Steps?

Come to a workshop developed by the PC (USA) office of Compassion, Peace and Justice that equips participants to initiate conversations around antiracism in their own congregations and communities. These experience-based exercises will help us gain a deeper understanding of the systems of power and privilege that perpetuate racism and help you facilitate these conversations with others. We’ll learn about the tools and resources for antiracism work (including the newly developed PC(USA) antiracism study guides) and spend time examining our own experiences related to race, power and privilege.

Presented by Elder Courtenay Wilcox, who participated in training with the PC(USA) office. We’ll also elect new members to the NW team and enjoy fellowship, food/coffee and worship together.

All welcome!

SOUTHEAST MEETING SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 14

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The Southeast Region will next gather on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at Christ’s Presbyterian Church (South Philly) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Christ’s Presbyterian Church, 1020 South 10th Street, Philadelphia PA 19147

Northwest Region Receives Thanks on Behalf of the Presbytery

The Northwest Regional leadership received a letter of thanks from the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN). PIHN was invited to speak at the most recent Northwest Regional gathering in April.  Rev. Cheryl Pyrch wanted to pass on the thank you note from Rachel Falkove:

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network thanks the trustees of the Presbytery of Philadelphia for our generous donation of $200 as a speaker’s honorarium for PIHN staff participating in the Northwest regional meeting held on April 22, 2016 at Oxford Presbyterian Church.

We enjoyed meeting the representatives of the Northwest regional congregations and were honored to have the opportunity to introduce the Interfaith Hospitality Network program to new potential partners. We deeply value our close connection with eight Presbyterian congregations and we hope that in the coming year we grow to this number to at least ten!

May our communities of faith continue working together towards the day when every child will have a safe place to call “home” as we live our lives with a sense of responsibility for our neighbors in-need!

Thank you for all you do!

Rachel Falkove, Executive Director
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

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