By Rev. Chris Lieberman


It started out, as a dream I thought was too big.  One of our elders said, “We have kids who have really made a commitment to this community of faith, and as their church, and I think we should support them in graduating from college.”  I began to do the mental math . . . ($40,000 per year) x (per child) = more money than I could imagine.  I was afraid to dream that big . . . but we all agreed that the first step was to help kids be successful in school, and then see what God has in store for us as we continue to grow together in a community of love.


In August, this first step of faith will begin to take shape as we launch the Ubuntu Academy a tutoring and mentoring program for children in the 1st – 5th grades.  Ms. Breañya C. Hogue has agreed to serve as the new Academy Director.  Ms. Hogue is currently working at Minors Lane Elementary School as a 5th grade teacher.  She also has a Counseling license/certification and is enrolled at Bellarmine University in a Ph.D. program.  Molly Rapp, a church member, has expressed her sense that God is guiding and affirming this new ministry by bringing Breañya into our lives.


In the Ubuntu Academy, we have a chance to interact as parents, children, mentors, tutors, friends and partners in a community that commits to the welfare of children and youth –and brings out the best in all of us. 


Who knows how big God’s dreams are for us? 

Several decades ago, a couple of farmers asked if they could sell produce “for a few Saturdays” out of the back of their pickups in the church parking lot.  Who would have imagined, then, that the Bardstown Road Farmers’ Market would take root and grow into such a wonderful community blessing?  As we step forward in faith, the adventure continues and the dreams take shape beyond our imagination.

Presbyterians of Mid-KY build with Habitat for Humanity

This is a rehab effort that will hopefully be completed in early October.

The house being sponsored by area churches is located at 3900 Georgie Way – just south of LaGrange off Moody Lane.

(The same habitat team is also building a house at 144 West Lee Street in the heart of LaGrange.)


5-8 persons needed on each date/location.  Teaching and Tools are all provided.

Hours needed are 8:30am – 3:30pm.   ½ days are 8:30-12:00.


Strong need for volunteer assistance on the following build dates at both locations.

To sign up for yourself or a group, please contact Habitat for Humanity at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thursday, August 28th    144 W. Lee Street, La Grange

Friday, August 29th           3900 Georgie Way, Crestwood

Saturday, Sept 6th            3900 Georgie Way, Crestwood

Friday, Sept 12th                3900 Georgie Way, Crestwood

Saturday, Sept 13th          144 W. Lee Street, La Grange

Friday, Sept. 19th              144 W. Lee Street, La Grange

Saturday, Sept. 20th         3900 Georgie Way, Crestwood

Friday, Sept. 26th              3900 Gerogie Way, Crestwood

Saturday, Sept. 27th         144 W. Lee Street, La Grange

Friday, October 3rd          3900 Georgie Way, Crestwood


Questions can be directed to the Presby Build Coordinators:

John Davis:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andy Martin:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bill Jewell:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Updates from the UKIRK Campus Ministry Commission

By Rev. Skye Murray, UKirk Commission Member


From Rev. Marie McCanless, UKirk Campus Ministry Coordinator:

I am so excited about the plans we have for this next year with UKirk at University of Louisville. I look forward to connecting with students and helping them to find how then can incorporate their faith into their college experience. We have recently moved into the Interfaith Center on campus and have an office and a small group room furnished by donations from members of Harvey Browne Presbyterian.  We also received great books for our lending library from the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.  We extend a great big thank you to these two groups!


College is a very important time for students, especially in their faith development. We are available to explore their questions, to help shape their faith, and provide service projects and fellowship opportunities with other Christians. It is also important for us to be a presence on campus for times of crisis and healing. This summer I did a prayer service for a sorority with a critically ill sister. It was very meaningful for all of those who participated. It was also a chance to connect with the student body leaders in a show of solidarity.


From Commission Member Karol Farris, 2014 graduate of Louisville Seminary:

I am thankful to have been a part of the UKIRK commission this past academic year. As a senior at Louisville Seminary, I was engaged in a field education placement with Bellarmine University Campus Ministry. I began meeting with the commission upon invitation from Marie McCanless. I appreciated the opportunity to be involved in conversations with Marie and others about the future of Presbyterian campus ministry in Louisville. I was grateful to accompany Marie and several college students from local colleges and churches to the College Conference at Montreat in January 2014. While at the conference, I served as a discussion group facilitator.


I hope that joint efforts among local schools will help college students make strong faith connections with other young adults. After graduation from seminary, I am planning to continue working in ministry with college students. I am excited to begin a college chaplaincy internship at Muskingum University this month.


The UKirk Campus Ministry Commission needs your help in reaching out to young adults on our college and university campuses. We appreciate volunteers and donations of money, meals, materials, and time. Funding for this ministry comes from the Synod of Living Waters, the Presbytery, our congregations, and individuals. We depend on your generosity!

Ukirk Room Photo


The newly renovated Presbyterian gathering room & library

at the U of L Interfaith Center.

August 19, 2014


He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic. 6:8, NRSV)

In this time of angst and anger, frustration and fear over the shooting death of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) calls for calm and prayer as justice is sought and righteousness pursued.

We, along with the rest of the world, mourn the loss of this child of God, and are pained that his future was brought to an abrupt halt.

We, along with the rest of the world, seek answers to why an unarmed human being was shot repeatedly, and question the way in which local law enforcement handled the aftermath.

We, along with the rest of the world, are stunned by the violence that has erupted in Ferguson, and acknowledge that the turmoil is rooted both in Michael Brown’s death and in years of disenfranchisement and hopelessness for many in that community.

We, along with the rest of the world, cry out in sadness over the troubled state of race relations in the United States, a situation born out of centuries of unreconciled issues that too often have been translated into distrust, fear, anger, and violence.

Therefore, as people of Christ committed to justice and love, we call for calm in Ferguson as work is done by state and federal officials to seek answers and bring justice. We appeal for an end to the violence, the looting, and the aggressive force, and urge all involved to suspend activities that perpetuate the negative cycle under way.

We also call on our nation as a whole to pray without ceasing for healing in Ferguson, and for real dialogue and action at local, state, and national levels to improve race relations in the U.S. The PC(USA) stands firm on its historic commitments to equality and human rights, and will continue as a denomination to press for fairness and justice for all of God’s people.

O God, with heavy hearts we turn to you. Another life taken. Another future robbed. Another young person of color killed. One death that led to injury, violence, and unrest in the days that followed, exposing divisions and systems of injustice. Struggle and confrontation that continues today.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.

Family, friends, loved ones, and neighbors of Michael Brown unable to mourn in peace because their backyards are filled with tear gas, rubber bullets, violence, and military force. Children unable to attend school. A place where the shadows of night bring uncertainty instead of rest. A place that could be our place, too.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.

A time where hands in the air not only mean surrender but solidarity. As differences seek to rule the day, we search for another path, a new way to live in community. Change our hearts and transform them from places that see “otherness” to ones that honor your image in each person. Guide us to use our voices to name the racism still thriving in our midst, striving for systems of accountability that maintain justice for all people. Strengthen us for the difficult, but beautiful, work of dismantling racism and building a community where all are welcomed and honored.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.

There are no excuses. There are no reset buttons. There is just us, your faithful people, seeking ways to bring hope into a time in such desperate need of it. Stir our hearts, free our minds, guide us to follow your way. Help us to push aside our complacency to make room for your Spirit, calling us forward from this place. Make us instruments of your peace.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.

The Reverend Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Ruling Elder Heath K. Rada
Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014)

The Reverend Larissa Kwong Abazia
Vice Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014)

Ruling Elder Linda Bryant Valentine
Executive Director, Presbyterian Mission Agency

Reflections on General Assembly


By GA Young Adult Advisory Delegate Will Owens


I stepped off the plane in Detroit and made my way to the baggage claim. The first person to greet me was a COLA (Committee on Local Arrangements) volunteer. I immediately recognized the man in the teal apron as Raeshawn, a member of my small group at the 2010 Presbyterian Youth Triennium. The Presbyterian community truly is a small one. After Raeshawn and I did a little catching up, he showed me to the shuttle and I was on my way. The important part of this story is community, but I’ll come back to that later.

On Saturday, with the assembly beginning, I made my way to my seat, K58. The average age of the people on my row was approximately 60. Naturally, when the technology began to fail right away, the other younger people and I jumped into roles as tech assistants. We connected our peers to the internet, got them onto PC-Biz, and showed them how to vote using a clicker. I was happy to prove my worth to the commissioners and earn their respect in the opening stages of the week.

In my committee, I found that the 80/20 rule was in full effect. That is, 20% of the people did 80% of the talking. Instead of speaking my mind, I would just wait for one of them to get up and say exactly what was on my brain. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to participate, they just beat me to the mic every time and I didn’t want to be that guy that repeats what’s already been said. The toughest part of committee was building a close relationship with my tablemates and then voting opposite of them right to their face. Something about that just made me feel awkward inside, as if I was betraying them.

I hit the fatigue wall after committees ended, just in time to start plenary.

Three things stick out in my mind from this year’s plenary sessions: 1) AI and the definition of marriage, 2) divestment, and 3) the red ball fight set to Pharrell’s Happy.

Marriage and divestment were polarizing issues. Even if one agreed with what the body decided, it was extremely painful to hear the hurt in people’s voices as they acknowledged that their church would likely be leaving.  

Lastly, there was the strongest sense of community that I felt all week. As we wrapped up the evenings’ work, hundreds of red balls were released onto the floor and the 900 commissioners and advisory delegates became engulfed into a frenzy of stress relief. As Pharrell sang his once catchy, now annoying hit, calmness came over me. No matter what decisions we made in Detroit, we will always be community. Whether we are worshiping together, arguing together, eating together, or throwing big red balls at each other, we will always find peace in our love for God.

 Will Owens

221st GA YAAD Will Owens, Ruling Elder from Highland Presbyterian Church