On January 20, over forty elders and clergy took part in a Constructive Workshop.  They shared personal views regarding the report of the Synod Administrative Review Committee.

On February 10, during our presbytery meeting, several workshop participants wrote  these brief reflections:

Care-filled speaking!
Care-filled listening!
Thank you.
~Laura Rogers

Thank you for providing this opportunity to hear many viewpoints and experiences.  It’s so helpful to make space for a longer discussion without the expectation of a vote at the end (after which we just “move on”).  ~Holly Cameron

It helped me process the SARC report in a healthy and open way with others.  ~Samantha Brewer

I thought Laurie did a good job leading, but sometimes I felt like an experience I had at a Packer game once – I was packed in between larger, exuberant fans, and I could not stand up to join the cheering, etc., because there was absolutely no room to stand up after they did.  I hope the workshop was helpful to others.  I am grateful the Presbytery – we – are working on those hard issues.  ~Linda Martin

Your Staffing Process Advisory Team welcomes further reflection.  Have things to say about the January workshop or the underlying Synod report?  Suggestions for follow-through?  Gifts you can offer?

Please address: staffingprocess@albanypresbytery.org  (Update 10/2018: This email address is no longer in use. Please direct any questions to the Albany Presbytery office at info@albanypresbytery.org.)

Thanks, and blessings!

Rev. Ted Wright


Ted Wright, Honorably Retired.  Ted recently rejoined Albany Presbytery, having served previously as pastor at the Presbyterian United Church of Schaghticoke from 1978-1982.  Since then he has pastored congregations in Langhorne, PA, and Gaithersburg, MD, and worked for PC(USA) World Mission in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.

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