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|Proclaiming the Promise of God's Justice and Inclusive Love|
- 6 PM
|There will be a lot of reflecting on the year 2016. Someday someone
might ask what you did during those portentous but possibly (?) promising
days. Close to home, Presbyterian Promise is happy about the
progress in the PC(USA) this year. We especially note with joy the
ordination of Lisa Larges, a lesbian candidate of immense gifts who was
denied ordination for decades. She has begun to serve a small church
in Minneapolis. We also celebrate our friend Rev. Ray Bagnuolo, who is
newly called to a church in Sayville, New York. May the great
gifts of God's LGBTQ+ children be ever more shared with all God's people.
This has been an active year for Presbyterian Promise. We have continued our work in the Presbytery of Southern New England, consolidating and strengthening efforts from the past – and exploring some new directions and emphases.
Highlights of the work include:
Keith Rhoden and Dick Hasbany, Co-Moderators
|Our bylaws provide that "at the Annual Meeting
the membership shall elect members to serve on the Board. These members
are in addition to those appointed to the Board by Sponsoring Members."
Further, "There shall be not fewer that nine (9) nor more than twenty-one
(21) directorships. ...Each director shall hold office for a term
of three years from the time of his or her election and qualification.
... The Board will have at least one appointed director from each Sponsoring
Serving as the nominating committee this year was Robert Bourguignon, Keith Rhoden, Pat Wales.
The following were elected:
Jesse Cooper Originally from Madawaska, Maine, Jesse Cooper started his journey in the Presbyterian Church at First Pres New Haven where he was a member for 5 years. While at the church he was responsible for managing the Friendship hour, serving as a Tenor on the choir, while also being an active participant of Abraham's tent and volunterring at New Haven's soup kitchen, The Columbus House. Currently, he is a member of Huguenot Memorial Church in Pelham Manor, NY, living and working in Stamford, CT at Gartner as a Sales Recruiter.
Dick Hasbany became a member of Presbyterian Promise shortly after moving to Connecticut from Oregon, where he'd been active in advocating for LGBT equality in the Presbytery of the Cascades. He has served as co-moderator for several years.
Ralph Jones is a member of First Presbyterian Church in New Haven,
a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, a long time member of the Presbyterian
Promise board which he serves as treasurer. He has served as Clerk of three
Sessions in three different presbyteries. In Southern New England he has
served on Social Justice and Preparation for Ministry.
We welcome Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey, President of the Religious Institute, a multifaith organization advocating LGBT equality, and sexual health and education in faith communities and society
Marie will lead a discussion of strategies and opportunities for interfaith response to the challenges facing vulnerable people following the Presidential election.
The day following the election the Religious Institute posted the following:
Today, we call to mind lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer people, women, immigrants, Black and brown people, people with disabilities, people who have experienced sexual assault, and so many others for whom this election season and its conclusion bring fear, anxiety, and trauma. Let us spend the time needed to care for ourselves and each other. . . .When we are ready to begin again, let us be centered in our values and our commitments.The conversation at our annual meeting will help us begin to center in our values and commitments and carry on with faith, fellowship, and confidence.
|is a ministry called to proclaim God's
of justice and love in Jesus Christ
by organizing inclusive and inquiring churches
in the Presbytery of Southern New England
into a community of mutual support
for the empowerment
of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons,
and for outreach, education, and Christian evangelism.
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