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SIX MORE PRESBYTERIES FORM PARTNERSHIPS OVERSEAS
05 May 1996 12:59:00
95083 SIX MORE PRESBYTERIES FORM PARTNERSHIPS OVERSEAS
by Alexa Smith
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Six international presbytery partnerships were formalized
by vote of the Worldwide Ministries Division Committee here March 10. Four
renewals or extensions were approved as well.
This means 45 formal international partnerships now exist between U.S.
synods and presbyteries and similar bodies abroad, the Rev. Homer
Rickabaugh, associate for presbytery and synod international partnerships,
told the committee.
He said 31 other presbyteries are in the process of formalizing
"These [partnerships] are part of a movement ... changing basic
expectations of how this church does mission in the whole world," said
Worldwide Ministries director the Rev. Cliff Kirkpatrick.
New partnerships in Guatemala are as follows:
* Western North Carolina Presbytery and Suchitepaquez and the
Sur-Occidente of the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church (NEPC)
* Heartland Presbytery and Maya-Quiche Presbytery of the NEPC
* Peace River Presbytery and Central Presbytery of the NEPC.
New partnerships in Africa involve:
* Presbytery of Newton and the Presbytery of Nairobi of the
Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) in Kenya.
* John Knox Presbytery, together with the Southwest Association of
Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ, and Ngong Hills
Presbytery of the PCEA.
* Washington Presbytery and the Kaffa Bethel Presbytery of the
Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus in Ethiopia.
Renewal requests came from Baltimore, Providence, Peaks and Mission
presbyteries. The first three presbyteries are relating to Central
American presbyteries and Mission is tied to the Evangelical Reformed
Church of Lithuania.
Rickabaugh told the Presbyterian News Service that presbytery and
synod partnerships are not designed to be just another channel for
resources or projects from the United States to another country, though, he
says, that sometimes happens.
"My hope," he said, "is that they build a relationship, learn from
each other ... about the country, about the church."
He said most partnerships are structured between presbyteries, though
the synods of Alaska/Northwest and Puerto Rico have partnerships with
churches in New Zealand and Venezuela, respectively.
Citing the two "Year With ..." emphases approved by the denomination,
Rickabaugh said, currently 20 presbyteries relate to African churches and
15 are in relationship with presbyteries or ecumenical agencies in Central
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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