Continuing the conversation of a few weeks ago about why we are Presbyterian, here is my monthly column for August, Being Connected.  This goes out via different tubes of communication from the Office of the General Assembly in Louisville.  Be sure to check out, Why are you Presbyterian? Part I, for more ways to find out how others are thinking about their Presbyterian-ness.

Bruce Reyes-Chow Line

PC(USA) Churchwide letter – August 2009

I am having a busy summer on your behalf!

I
traveled to Washington, D.C., for public policy talks. I attended
Montreat Youth Conferences, as well as the New Wilmington Mission
Conference, Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Gathering, Big Tent, Alt7
Young Pastors Conference, and the Pittsburgh Seminary Summer Youth
Institute. Still to come are the National Black Presbyterian Caucus,
Massanetta Bible Conference, and back to the Philippines for the
National Church Worker’s Convocation.

As I
cross the halfway mark of my term as Moderator, my heart and spirit are
energized by what I see and experience in the Presbyterian Church
(U.S.A.). Yes, we are struggling in some places to find our way through
difficult situations, local and national. All in all, I think the
world’s struggles have reminded us that we are, first and foremost, to
be the church in the world. This humbling posture has freed up many
from some aspects of institutional church life that may have previously
drawn our attention away from our calling to be the hearts and hands of
Christ in the world. I am also uplifted by our willingness to ask tough
questions of each other with the hope of discovering what God has in
store for us Presbyterians.

This question
of our Presbyterian identity in what many say is a post-denominational
world will require us to fully understand how and why we are together
as a denomination. I believe we offer amazing approaches to the faith
that show to the world wonderful expressions of needed peace and
healing. Our commitment to discern together the mind of Christ and the
will of God stands against a world that would rather choose isolation.
Our connectionalism may at times be burdensome and frustrating.
However, in a world that often wants the easy way out of disagreement,
when done well, our willingness and encouragement to engage one another
is a great gift.

What do you think? Why are
you Presbyterian? What do we hold onto as we move into the future of
our denominational life together?

Join the conversation and see how others are responding.

Read the moderator's column in Korean.pdf

Read the moderator's column in Spanish.pdf

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