11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1009
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240.514.5348
Fax: 240.514.5349

Open Space Topics – September 24, 2019

Any topic that serves the Presbytery’s purpose to “empower and challenge our congregations to be missional, pastoral, and prophetic” is fair game. Please refer to OPEN SPACE GUIDELINES PRIOR TO SUBMITTING A TOPIC.

Here’s how it works: Send your group topic and leadership to LaJuan Quander. Please include leader’s email and phone number. The topics post here, so that others can see what group topics are being proposed. PLEASE REFER TO OPEN SPACE GUIDELINES.

REMINDER: Bring your own materials and equipment to open space. Presbytery nor National Church will supply laptops, screens, projectors, etc. To reserve space or if you have questions about space email Jan Moody.

Orientation to National Capital Presbytery and Its Meetings
Are you new to presbytery meetings and not sure what to expect? Are you unclear exactly what the presbytery is, how it is organized, what it does, how to get involved? You will learn answers to these questions and more at the Orientation to National Capital Presbytery.
Sara Coe
Borderlands: Accompaniment at the US/Mexican Border -
Want to learn more about migrants experience on the Mexican side of the border? Want to learn how you can help? Come learn about accompaniment and connect with others interested in migration at our southern border.

Ruth is an elder at Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, and served as an accompanier with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in Agua Prieta, Mexico in May and plans to serve again.
Ruth Noel
What is the InterFaith Council of Metropolitan Washington and how can it benefit you and your community?

We will use this opportunity to introduce you to the interfaith work we are engaged in and how you can join our ongoing efforts to both respond to bias crimes as well as lift up voices across faith communities that are working to build relationships at the grassroots level.

Rabbi Gerry Serotta is the Executive Director of the InterFaith Council of Metropolitan Washington.

Symi Rom-Rymer is the Outreach Director at the InterFaith Council of Metropolitan Washington.

Rabbi Gerry Serotta

Symi Rom-Rymer
Enriching Our Christian Witness for Human Rights - Amidst intensifying challenges to human rights in the United States, how can we enrich and empower our Christian witness for human rights as an expression of our commitment to justice? Come learn about a specialized new ministry, Justice Revival, which is focused on inspiring and equipping Christian communities to serve as a voice for human rights here at home. You’ll find opportunities to connect with this growing ecumenical ministry and to bring an innovative education program, Human Rights in Christian Perspective, to your congregation.

Allyson McKinney Timm
Founder & Executive Director, Justice Revival

Rev. Susan Querry Graceson
Associate Pastor, Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Allyson McKinney Timm

Rev. Susan Querry Graceson

Sabbatical Policy - Clergy, Are You Thinking of Taking a Sabbatical?
Elder Commissioners, Has Your Pastor Served for 6 Years or Longer and Is Eligible for a Sabbatical?

In this open space the COM Care Team will review the recently revised Sabbatical Policy. We will hear stories of some of our members who have taken a sabbatical in the last 5 years, and answer questions and brainstorm how to plan for and complete a sabbatical.
Members of the Care Team of Committee on Ministry (COM)