I am contacting you in hopes that you will share the attached information with the churches in your Presbytery that will benefit the students in your Presbytery, by offering them a $74,000 scholarship at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
Westminster College has a 4-year PC(USA) Young Presbyterian Scholarship of $74,000 ($18,500 per year) for qualified students from PC(USA) churches. However the student must be nominated by their church (pastor, youth director, session). In a sense this scholarship allows your Presbytery and Congregations to provide a scholarship for their students without ever having to come up with the money to do so. This scholarship has added to the diversity of Westminster College by providing the means for students from as far away as Alaska, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, and all the states in between, as well as from Puerto Rico to attend Westminster College.
We have found numerous students who have arrived on the campus of Westminster College and would have qualified for the scholarship, but their church never nominated them or never received the information, so we are trying to contact all churches using all available resources to offer this gift to students.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could forward the attached materials: Nomination Form and YPS Information Flyer to your churches and to post the items or links to the scholarship on your website. Materials have been mailed to all PC(USA) churches using a mailing database from PC(USA), however we have discovered over the years the information is not always accurate or current.
Any assistance you can provide in sharing this information is greatly appreciated by Westminster College and the students who may not otherwise be able to attend Westminster College. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the College Chaplain, Rev. Jim Mohr (724) 946-7116.
Churches' awards for Civil Dialogue come in the midst of electoral discord
Surrounded by the current electoral discord, some Christians and other people of faith are asking "Is the divisiveness in the US affecting the churches more than the churches are affecting the divisiveness?" We want to show the culture the better way referred to in scripture, "instead, speak the truth in love" (Eph. 4:15). To encourage such efforts, the Kentucky Council of Churches gave three awards this year for good work in the area of Civil Dialogue.
Dialogue between Catholics and Disciples
Five Roman Catholics and five members of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ are continuing a practice of regular dialogue that began almost 40 years ago in Louisville. Before taking on the most sensitive topics, they began by learning each other's histories, personal and denominational. Then they talked about similarities and differences that were not too sensitive. Finally, they took on the most division-causing topics, sometimes called "life" issues. Even after so much groundwork had been laid, these topics were explosive for them. And so they took two years to do more disciplined listening to each other. Accepting the award for all the participants were the Rev. Joe Graffis of St. Edward Catholic parish in Jeffersontown and the Rev. Sally McClain, retired pastor of Edenside Christian Church. A link to Graffis and McClain's personal remarks at the award ceremony is here. They were joined by a fellow participant, Disciples minister Rick Loader (left)
Episcopalians in Dialogue about Coal
Rev. Elise Johnstone with Rev. Shanks and Dr. McLaughlinEnergy issues, and especially the place of coal, often seem too hot to touch in Kentucky. The leadership team of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington has adapted a process they call "Holy Conversations" to make the coal topic touchable. They begin the dialogue process with a review of principles of good dialogue, distinguishing it from debate. Then they provide an overview of energy issues, focusing on the questions of who benefits, who pays, and who decides. They facilitate small group discussions and make sure the group hears the voices of people whose lives are affected by coal personally and professionally. The coal dialogue has now been conducted at a diocesan convention and on a regional basis with dioceses located throughout Appalachia. The award was accepted by the Rev. Margaret Shanks and Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin. The award banquet remarks are here.
Centre College's Civility Pledge
Thomas Becker is president of Centre's student governmentThe senior class graduating from Centre College this year is the cohort of students who created and annual embrace this pledge: "I promise to do my best, be my best, and respect the members and property of our Centre community." This pledge made national news when vice-presidential candidates coming to Centre for a debate declined to sign the pledge. To the knowledge of student government association president Thomas Becker, no student has declined to sign it. The pledge makes explicit a common aspiration and a common use of "our" in relation to the community of Centre, a college in Danville that was founded by Presbyterians and chartered in 1819. The pledge affects the ethos and behavior of many even when the aspiration is not fulfilled in every instance. Thomas Becker's award acceptance speech is here.
These three awards close the 2013 assembly whose theme was Civil Dialogue. Next year's awards will be for good work in the area of the 2014 theme of Restorative Justice.
At the November 15 Presbytery Gathering we will be voting on the proposed staffing rationale for Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. If you would like to be part of a discussion prior to that meeting, there are four sessions planned around the Presbytery. Watch for the documents in the Presbytery mailing related to our November 15 Gathering.
First Presbyterian, Shelbyville, KY
Grace Hope Presbyterian, Louisville, KY Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7:00 pm
Harvey Browne Presbyterian, Louisville, KY Thursday, Nov. 6, 2:00 pm
Springfield Presbyterian, Springfield, KY Thursday, Nov 6, 7:00 pm
Second Presbyterian Church is presenting a hymn sing on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2:30. The program is “Inspired by God: Singing the Classic Hymns of Faith,” and it will feature 14 of the most beloved hymns in the last 250 years. They are drawn from 28 Hymns to Sing Before You Die by John M. Mulder and F. Morgan Roberts, and they will introduce each hymn and provide insights and inspiration to the meaning behind the music. You’ll know all these hymns: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” “Now Thank We all Our God,” Holy, Holy, Holy,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Just as I Am,” and more. Dr. Mulder and Dr. Roberts’ book will be available for purchase, as well as a CD of all the hymns, produced by the Second Church choirs and instrumentalists. The Church is located at 3701 Old Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40207. Questions:
Within My Reach® Relationships Class at Willow Oak Counseling
Saturday, November 8th
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Cost: $150 ($225 couple)
Call Willow Oak Counseling at (502) 509-5773 for more information
November 8 & 15th
from 9AM-3PM (Lunch Provided)