A Pastoral Letter from Brian Heron, Presbyter

Dear Members of the Presbytery of the Cascades, Like many of you in active ministry, I had planned one message for today only to realize that the world had shifted over the weekend. It is hard to believe that a message meant to provide resources to help our congregations negotiate through the coronavirus pandemic suddenly felt incidental. But that is the reality of our current American context. A virus just as deadly as the coronavirus seems to be sweeping across our nation right now. America’s deep stain of structural racism is impossible to ignore. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police officers and the response is just the most recent and obvious sign that racism is deeply imbedded in America’s DNA. While the nation tries to share equally the burden of the coronavirus African Americans [...]

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21-Day Racial Justice Challenge Zoom Talk Through

Are you participating in our denomination’s 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge and want to talk about what you’re learning? (https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/matthew-25/racism/).  Our church is hosting a zoom meeting on Sunday evenings at 7 pm. This will be a safe space to learn and grow together as God’s people who seek justice for all. Enter the meeting via this link: (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5106757393?pwd=RU91bjVzeWNHRVZpS29HS1BTa05rUT09) Meeting ID: 510 675 7393 password: Signin1. This is a recurring meeting, the above link can be used until further notice. [...]

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