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STUDENT STRATEGY TEAM HOLDS FIRST MEETING
05 May 1996 13:05:03
95160PRESBYTERIAN STUDENT STRATEGY TEAM HOLDS FIRST MEETING
By Julian Shipp
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--With an eye toward strengthening the student Christian
movement in the United States, the newly formed Presbyterian Student
Strategy Team (PSST) gathered on the campus of Austin Presbyterian
Theological Seminary April 29-30 in Austin, Texas.
PSST is composed of students elected at national gatherings, with the
first members selected during January's Ecumenical Student Conference in
St. Louis. Working with partners from Presbyterian Ministers in Higher
Education (PMHE) and staff from the National Ministries Division (NMD), the
team serves to guide the work of the church in the area of student
In addition to their own meetings, PSST members met with the Student
Ecumenical Partnership (STEP), its counterpart from the Disciples of Christ
and the United Church of Christ, which was also meeting in Austin, Texas.
"Although the Presbyterian, Disciples of Christ and United Church of
Christ teams had some initial differences in their plans, one thing was
immediately clear," said PSST member Ed Chan. "PSST and STEP wanted to work
with each other. While denominational identity was important, so was the
call to do ministry cooperatively and ecumenically."
According to Chan, the two teams have committed to working together on
a national student leadership event. The teams will also assist in planning
new and existing regional conferences and other activities in the hopes of
strengthening a grassroots student Christian movement.
In addition to these joint activities, Chan said, PSST members
discussed ways to increase communication about higher education ministries
across the church. PSST members also represent the denomination in national
and ecumenical bodies, such as the Council for Ecumenical Student Christian
Ministry and the World Student Christian Federation.
The current student members are Chan from Cornell University; Kelly
Bower from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; Julie Dunning from
the University of Rochester; Allison Irick from Clemson University; Denise
Oliveira from Cornell University; Steve Rogers from Texas A & M; Kyle
Walker from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Jennifer Warner,
formerly of the University of California at Davis; and Tara Williams from
Washington State University. The PMHE partners are the Rev. Taryn Hillary
and the Rev. Mike Miller. The Rev. Clyde O. Robinson, NMD associate for
higher education and student's ministries, serves as staff representative.
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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