Racial Justice Resources from Presbytery of the Miami Valley
"Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others. Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PC(USA) must stand against, speak against, and work against racism." -Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbytery of the Miami Valley is assembling a list of resources to help equip churches to work against racism and seek racial justice.
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Watch a video about PMV’s journey to sponsor a host site for tornado recovery volunteers
This video shares the journey of Presbytery of the Miami Valley sponsoring an ecumenical host site for volunteers helping with tornado recovery. This endeavor has allowed the presbytery to partner with many organizations including Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Group, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Lutheran Social Services, and the Presbytery of Charlotte. Additionally, several members of congregations throughout the presbytery have been involved with making the host site ready.
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Synod of the Covenant Grants and Scholarships
The Synod of the Covenant is offering several grant and scholarship opportunities:
Higher Education Scholarships
Scholarship grants are available to students for full and part-time study toward the first baccalaureate degree or certification at colleges, universities, and vocational schools. Grants are also available for full-time and part-time students enrolled in their first master’s degree programs for church vocations at approved and accredited theological institutions. Apply ASAP.
COVID Emergency Need Grants for Higher Education Students
For emergency expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as emergency transportation home, broken lease, additional expenses at school or at home, etc. Recipients of these grants must qualify for Higher Education Scholarships, though they do not have to be awarded a scholarship in the current academic year in order to receive an emergency need grant. These grants can be as much as $500. Apply by December 4, 2020.
Racial-Ethnic Program Grants
Racial Ethnic Grants are available to congregations that are predominantly minority Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) PC(USA) congregations within the Synod of the Covenant to supplement their mission projects. Apply by October 1, 2020
New Covenant Grants
These grants are available to congregations, institutions, and organizations associated with PC(USA) congregations within the bounds of the Synod. The purpose of the grant must specifically be Christian in focus. Preference will be given to applications from congregations which have not previously been awarded grants. Projects must fit within the three mission priorities of the synod: Church Transformation and Development, Multicultural and Justice Ministries, Ministries in Higher Education. Apply by October 1, 2020.
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A virtual Stewardship Kaleidoscope in the fall
The 2020 Stewardship Kaleidoscope conference, to be held virtually September 22, 29 and October 6, 11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), will center on the theme "Currents of Faith: The Stewardshift of Change in Community, Technology, and Across Generations."
The conference is for pastors, lay leaders, judicatory staff, and anyone who is looking to learn more about stewardship in today's church context.
Hear from leading thinkers exploring the opportunities for growth in stewardship even in the midst of profound social change. Registration is now open.
This year's speakers are:
September 22: Eric Barreto, Weyerhauser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.
September 29: Bonnie Ives Marden, leadership consultant, author, and financial stewardship practitioner.
October 6: Bruce Reyes-Chow, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, California, author, speaker, former PCUSA moderator.
Virtual connection information will be sent to registered participants in advance of each weekly event.
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GLAPCE free virtual Fall Event October 14-15
The Great Lakes Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (GLAPCE) will present a free virtual fall event on October 14, 7:00 P.M. and October 15, 10:00 A.M. (Times are Eastern)
Because of the pandemic, the GLAPCE board decided to postpone its regular in-person fall event, “Equipping the Church to Welcome All: Gender Identity/Fluidity/Pronouns,” to October of 2021. Instead, GLAPCE will offer an abbreviated online version of “Equipping the Church to Welcome All” as an introduction and foundation to next year’s theme. Zoom events will be recorded and available for viewing after the live session has ended.
Christian Educators, Pastors, Christian Education Ministries, Member Care Ministries, and others are invited to attend this meaningful opportunity for all church ministries.
This virtual event will feature:
The Rev. Shanea D. Leonard, B.A., M.Div., a pastor, teacher, consultant, community activist, and justice warrior. Shanea has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over twelve years. They currently carry out their justice mandate as the Associate for Gender & Racial Justice for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries for the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
The Rev. Jess Cook, a native of East Texas and lifelong Presbyterian, holds a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Baylor. Jess was the first openly non-binary person to be ordained as a Minister of The Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
More information and registration will be forthcoming.
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LIMITED INVOLVEMENT IN THIS YEAR'S BUILD
Catch the Building Spirit’s 28th Habitat House Build
Catch the Building Spirit, (CtBS), the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, which provides affordable housing for families in need, will limit its involvement to construct this year's house at 26718 Sandy Drive, Trotwood.
The house, which is being built for Ira and Terese Compton and their three children, is three bedrooms and one bath.
Catch the Building Spirit still encourages volunteers to work on the house build. Visit the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton volunteer website for further information on the build schedule and safety requirements.
For more information, visit Catch the Building Spirit's website or email Hank Baust, Presbyterian Coordinator for Catch the Building Spirit, or call 937-429-0360.
Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit is a designated network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley
A resource for churches: On Calling An Educator
The revised On Calling An Educator manual is now available online in downloadable format. The manual is designed to be a resource for Presbyterian churches that are considering calling an educator to be a part of the church staff. In addition, this is also a resource for Christian educators who are responding to a call from God to educational ministry in the church and are seeking a position. Congregations and educators will find guidance in these pages for their separate and mutual journeys toward providing the best leadership for the important task of education.
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Regarding Ruling Elders
Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This monthly PC(USA) series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity for Ruling Elders to reflect upon how they are lived out.
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NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry
NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church (USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful, and more agile. NEXT Church provides space for hopeful conversations about the theology, culture, and practice of ministry in a time of adaptive change.
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Initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities
The 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities by 2022.
Across the PC(USA), God is raising up leaders in churches and presbyteries who are creating new worshiping communities. They are taking on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. Primarily they are seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ, to change and transform the world.
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Northminster Mission Fund
Grants up to $5,000.00 are available to individual Congregations, Congregations in Partnership, Designated Presbytery Networks, and Validated Ministries of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, for the continued purpose of building up the body of Christ. Pending available funds, grants may be renewed for one year.