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Open Space Topics – November 19, 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
The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct
How is your church responding to the sexual abuse crisis within faith communities? How can you even begin to approach such a difficult, tender and timely topic?

Come to be introduced to a new book written by Ruth Everhart, a minister member of NCP. The book relates ten true stories of abuse within church contexts and pairs each one with a biblical narrative. The book has particular resonance for NCP because six of the abuse stories occurred in PCUSA churches — one within this presbytery.

Guaranteed to provide fodder for preaching, plus plenty of discussion material for your Adult Ed, young adult, women’s or men’s ministries. For those of you who are brave enough, it will make a powerful and timely all-church read. Published by InterVarsity Press. You can read all 16 endorsements at https://www.ivpress.com/the-metoo-reckoning. Here" or email Ruth at rutheverhart@me.com.

Ruth Everhart
“Meet Our Presbyterian Family in Syria” - Syria, with its troubling news of renewed war and yet more newly-displaced people, may seem far away. But a number of us in the presbytery have had the privilege to meet with and get to know some of the leaders, pastors and members of the 18 Presbyterian churches still active in Syria. We will share personal stories and photos, including from the three congregations in what has been the Kurdish-held area of Northeast Syria (Qamishli, Hassakeh and Malkieh), and other churches where peace has largely been restored and rebuilding is under way (Homs, Aleppo, etc). We will share the news we continue to receive from the churches.

Information will be available about how to help support these Presbyterian Christians in their desire to stay in Syria, to preserve the witness to the gospel in that historic place, and to continue to serve as a force for service, unity, and rebuilding within their communities. Here for more information.
Nancy Fox - TE, Parish Associate National
Mary Beth Lawrence - TE, Associate Pastor Gaithersburg
Red Letter Revolution - It has been said that Trump did not change America… he revealed America. The same is true of evangelicalism. Trump has surfaced some very troubling things in American evangelicalism. And Jesus is the best corrective to where we’ve gone wrong. This is a session about Jesus. And it’s about discovering a Christianity that acts more like Jesus again. About Shane ClaiborneShane Claiborne
Ways to Engage with Refugees Here in Our DMV Community- Solutions in Hometown Connections (SHC) provides support and resources to their volunteers to better enable them to empower resettled refugees in Maryland, DC and Virginia. The nonprofit grew out of Chevy Chase Presbyterian’s co-sponsorship of a family in 2026 and learning about unmet needs for refugees in this area. Learn how you or your church can engage with refugees now. And bring your questions for Merritt who is well-connected and familiar with all the local resources and agencies. More information about SHCRefugee Ministry Network:
Merritt Groeschel,
President and Founder, Solutions in Hometown Connections (SHC)
A Conversation with Doug Dicks, Associate for Ecumenical Partnerships in Israel and Palestine --20 years of Mission Service with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Meet your Mission Co-Worker in Israel and Palestine, Doug Dicks, and learn about the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in seeking peace in this troubled region. Based in Jerusalem, Doug serves as a liaison between PC(USA) congregations and councils, helping them prepare for pilgrimages and study tours and providing up-to-date information about the situation on the ground in the region. Learn about Doug's work and what Presbyterians can do to support a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians.Rev. Ben Trawick, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church (Springfield, VA) and Rev. Susan Wilder, Interim Pastor, Kirkwood Presbyterian Church
Commission on Preparation for Ministry - Rev. Timothy Cargal, Assistant Stated Clerk for Ministry Preparation and Support in the Office of the General Assembly will share information regarding trends in first-calls for candidates and ministry opportunities more generally across the church and then provide opportunity for questions about all aspects of the preparation for ministry process, including examinations. Rev. Timothy Cargal
Clergy Support Groups: Are you currently in a clergy support group? Are you open to receiving new members? Do you want to be in a clergy support group, but have had difficulty finding one? If you're in a clergy group, we'd love to hear about your experience. If you're not, the Care Team would like to help you identify or start a support group. Ministry can be lonely and isolating. We're better together, sharing our journey and offering support and wisdom to each other in our desire to demonstrate the love of God. As clergy seek to serve, we might forget our own need for support and friendship.

National Capital Presbytery is committed to supporting clergy and strongly encourages all clergy to be in some kind of support group. NCP does provide some funds for clergy support groups. Come join the Care Team at Open Space and share your experience of being in a support group, your desire to be in one, or even creative ways we might build closer connections and community among NCP clergy. We're looking forward to talking to you and finding out how we can better serve you. We want to hear from you!
Fay Acker, Wayne Blazer, Nancy Clark and the Care Team of the Committee on Ministry