Finding Your Voice and Public Witness: A Conversation at the Well with Rev. Jimmie Hawkins
It is no secret that the last fifteen months have posed an abundance of challenges and questions for the church related to how we gather, worship, and care for one another when our buildings are closed and in-person gatherings are not feasible and/or limited. But we would be foolish if we thought 2020 and 2021 were not also opportunities for the faithful to ask questions related to the intersection of the gospel, congregational witness, and the socio-political realities that deeply impact our neighbors, communities, and larger nation and world in our time and place. As the Confession of 1967 reminds us, “Wherever the church exists, its members are both gathered in corporate life and dispersed in society for the sake of God’s mission in the world.”
On this week’s episode we are thrilled to have with us as a special guest, Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, who models this call so very well and whose ministry is to help us discern what this might look like. The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins is the Director of the PCUSA Office of Public Witness, which has recently merged with the PCUSA Office to the United Nations. Before accepting the role of Director for the Office of Public Witness, Rev. Hawkins served as pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in New Hope Presbytery. He previously served as the yoked pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, Holmes Memorial and Trinity Presbyterian in Peaks Presbytery. He has a background in the area of youth ministry as a program director of Presbyterian Camps in North Carolina and Virginia, as well as campus ministry intern for Salem Presbytery. Rev. Hawkins’ denominational service includes serving on committees of the PC(USA) including as GA and synod commissioner, as well as presbytery committees and administrative commissions. His community advocacy includes serving as a leader for the Moral Monday Movement since its start in 2013. He is a member of the NC NAACP Executive Committee and has advocated on issues of social justice before congressional and state legislative leadership.
We could go on…but it’s best to just sit back and listen to this gem of an episode as you and your congregation discern your voice for public witness.
**This episode was originally a ZOOM webinar through our monthly “Conversation at the Well.” You can check out the video on our Facebook page or on our YouTube Channel.
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