Dear Siblings of the Presbytery of San Francisco,
Let’s put it out there–it’s been a weird, unpredictable 2020 with many ups, several downs and very strange sideways! The world unfolded in ways that left us with tight fists, tear-stained cheeks, spun minds and heavy hearts. But through this all, we have been drawn closer to be in God and with each other (virtually and/or the longing for relationship). It is in this place of God that Christ is born–fully human, fully divine! It is the birth of Jesus in our midst that brings the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Joy to the world! Let earth receive her King!
With joyous song in our hearts, we want to close 2020 with blessing of Jesus’ birth, and to walk into the New Year with intentions to carry His love forth.
Let’s build the love and trust of our Presbytery, from the least of us to all of us! With this intention we will begin 2021 fully committed to the whole of Matthew 25— the interrelated focuses of: Dismantling structural racism , Building congregational vitality & Eradicating systemic poverty.
We are inviting you to continue to engage in this work with us–so, mark your calendars:
• Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training–for the next 18-months, Crossroads will help us deeply self-reflect and discern our way forward in dismantling structural racism within our own presbytery and beyond. Our first engagement will begin on Weds, January 20th from 3-5pm, and will run every other Weds for 6 sessions. More information here.
• A Book Study “What Lies Between US, fostering first Steps Toward Racial Healing,” by Dr Lucretia Carter Berry–led by Rev Kamal Hassan. We hope that the deep internal work and honest public conversations could inspire what is needed at this time in our process as a Matthew 25 Presbytery. The Book Study will begin in mid-February– more information here.
We are truly grateful to journey with you and the Presbytery of San Francisco.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful & Healthy 2021!!!
In God’s Care,
Your Presbytery Leadership Team