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Presbyterian Men receive a clarion call to action

Date 21 Jun 2002 08:10:15 -0400

Note #7311 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:


Presbyterian Men receive a clarion call to action

by Emett Barfield

COLUMBUS, OH - Men from throughout the Presbyterian Church (USA) shared lunch and fellowship Thursday. Welcomed by Robert E. Wilson, President of the National Council of Men,  guests were reminded of the theme, "If not us, who? And if not now, when?" Among the list of activities for men, Wilson highlighted the men's Bible study, combating racism, and disaster assistance. 

Dr. Charles Easley, Sr. was the speaker for the afternoon. He is the interim dean of Johnson  C. Smith , Atlanta, GA. Speaking of the opportunities of service for Presbyterian men in the local church, he said, "We must address loneliness. There is great anger over lost relationships that never get resolved." 

Easley asked the men to look into the mirror that had been placed on every table. "What we see," he said, "is what we are." He then quoted a passage from a Michael Jackson song, "I am looking in the mirror, I am asking him to change his way. No message could be clearer."

He concluded by affirming as the bottom line that men of the Presbyterian Church can take this mountain. He quoted Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics; "The game has been scheduled. We have got to play. We might as well win!"

Robert Wilson adjourned the meeting by saying, "We will gather again at the 215th General Assembly. Don't wait all year to do what Charles talked about."
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