Day three has come to a close. The work of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is commencing in earnest. The Commissioners and Young Adult Advisor Delegate (YAAD) from Lehigh Presbytery here in Portland, OR are Don Brown, Tim Dooner, Mary Lazar, Paul Lucia and Alicia Shussett.
In our short time here we have attended worship in local congregations, found ourselves in the midst of Pride celebrations, experienced a moving opening worship for our Plenary proceedings, learned more about the many ministries of the church, celebrated 300 years of the Board of Pensions, attended our first day of committee meetings, actually accomplished some business and snuck in some time to enjoy some of what Portlandia has to offer.
The biggest news of the deliberations thus far is the election on the first ballot of the co-moderators. Jan Edmiston and Denise Anderson were overwhelmingly elected to lead the church for the next two years. There is a palpable excitement about the vision and leadership these women will bring to the church. It was indeed timely that they were elected on the 60th anniversary of the ordination of women to the word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church.
There is much hope for the church and God is still calling us. Please pray for our work and that we heed the call.
~ Alicia Shussett
Moderator Heath Rada with newly elected Co-moderators Jan Edmiston and Denise Anderson