The September 10th meeting of the Presbytery was filled with lively updates, discussions, discernment and worship, and we are pleased to report that our second online-only Gathering was a big success. That is testament to the talents and dedication of many people who helped organize and run the meeting. The biggest credit, however, goes to our soon-to-be-retired Stated Clerk, John V. Carlson. Jack, as you know him, was our fearless leader who’s attention to detail and team preparation made the event so great.
One of the advantages to meeting online is that we are able to record it for posterity, and share with those unable to attend. Visit our YouTube playlist to view the 888th Gathering in parts, or the whole event. In case you missed it, here are just a few highlights from the day:
- RE Audrey Trapp was elected moderator.
- Rev. Sue Lowcock Harris was elected vice-moderator.
- Dr. Rev. Jacqueline Taylor was elected for a five-year term as general presbyter.
- Rev. Mary D. Gaut was elected acting stated clerk for 6 months.
- Updates and renewals of Baltimore Presbytery’s partnerships with Cuba and CEDEPCA in Guatemala
- A moving multi-national worship service
- Retirements of Debbie Ingram Schmidt, John Schmidt, and Mary Speers celebrated.
- Report from commissioners to the 224th General Assembly
We’d like to thank Guy Moody for his adept service as moderator, and wish Audrey Trapp a speedy recovery as she begins leadership. We are also grateful for Vice-Moderator Sue Lowcock Harris’ stepping up to manage such a terrific event, and give thanks to Amy Carlson, Jenn DiFrancesco, Mark Hanna, and Andrea Hughes for their behind-the-scenes expertise. Thursday’s elections serve to ensure that the future of our Presbytery is in great hands!