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Purple flowers, Valley Presbyterian Church 3

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13 May 2017
Valley Presbyterian Church
Portola Valley, California

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Lent 2017, day 16

“The Belhar Confession calls the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be strengthened in our inner being. The call is to recognize that this life is not ours. We belong to God despite challenges to conform to the world’s way of thinking.”
J. Herbert Nelson
Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar

This Lenten season I am using a new resource to explore the Belhar Confession: Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar, edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in which I serve as a teaching elder (pastor), added the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions in 2016. This confession came from the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

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Lent 2017, day 9

“Because acting out of divisiveness comes so quickly to us, it is all the more worthwhile to say as often as we can that our separateness is not the will of God … It was not God’s will in the garden of Eden for humankind to be separated from God through sin. It was the sinfulness of the apartheid system that separated people from each other by race in South Africa. It is sinful for this separation by race, class, gender, and other dividing lines to continue.”
Elaine Dreeben
Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar

God makes us for each other.
God makes us to love,
to love God,
to love one another.
Where I fall short,
where I benefit from systems that drive us apart,
God forgive,
God inspire action.

This Lenten season I am using a new resource to explore the Belhar Confession: Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar, edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in which I serve as a teaching elder (pastor), added the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions in 2016. This confession came from the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

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I remember Ted

I finally made time tonight to go through the photos from the farewell party as I left the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I planned to send photos to some of the individuals who attended.

I still plan to do that.

But a series of photos brought me up short.They showed the last time I talked with my friend Ted Hickman.

Since I cannot send the photo to Ted, I share it here.

And again I give thanks for his life and love and witness and friendship.

The photo reminds me that we never know when the last time we will see each other might be.

Because of that I give thanks for family and friends who bless my life as I remember Ted.

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Purple flowers – Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations 1

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23 August 2016
Farewell Party
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
New York, New York

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The Until We Meet Again Tour – 23 August 2016

The Until We Meet Again Tour played three venues today.

First the tour visited Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen for a conversation with Bob Brashear.

The second stop involved a wonderful, touching farewell party at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

The evening gig included Tricia, son Sean, and nephews Adam and Bryan for dinner at Frankies 570 Spuntino.

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The Until We Meet Again Tour – 22 August 2016, part 2

The evening gig for the Until We Meet Again Tour took place at the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York where the Presbytery of New York City gathered to say farewell to Andy James. Andy will leave for a call as presbytery staff in New Hope Presbytery serving as their Associate for Small Church Ministry and Technology. He had served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone and the Stated Clerk of New York City Presbytery.

Andy invited me to speak at Whitesone as one of the first stops on the Welcome to New York City tour. He also involved the staff and interns of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in Whitestone’s witness and work to end violence against women and girls. On the weekend when that initiative began, Ryan Smith spoke at the first event, and Jamie Tan and I attended a worship and witness in a nearby park.

Andy is a friend. He will be missed in the Presbytery of New York City. But our paths will cross in the days to come.

Thank you for your ministry, Andy. Godspeed on your new tour and in your new service.

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