Book Signing and Reading Reaturing Robert C. Carr Guwatimu
The Menaul Historical Library of the Southwest, in Collaboration with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, will host a book signing and reading featuring Robert C. Carr Guwatimu, author of “Right Place, Right Time,” on Saturday, September 13, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at the Albuquerque Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The book relates to people who grew up in small villages of northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Robert’s story is about growing up on the Laguna Reservation in a close-knit Presbyterian family and attending boarding school at Ganado Mission School in Arizona. This event is the first in a year-long series of talks in collaboration with the Library, Menaul School, and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Educational Immigration Forum
You are invited to an Educational Immigration Forum: “Your Story, My Story, Our Story,” to be held on Saturday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, 1801 Montano Road, Albuquerque, NM.
The Forum, sponsored by the Presbytery of Santa Fe Mission Network Committee, will include: (1) a sharing of personal stories, (2) a brief history of immigration by Norman Levine, former NM Refugee Coordinator, (3) a panel on how our faith influences our views on immigration, (4) a presentation by Teresa Waggener, PCUSA Office of Immigration Issues, and (5) an opportunity for dialogue. A $10 donation is welcomed. Lunch will be provided.
FAQs - Same-Gender Marriage
(Detroit—June 19, 2014)—The 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) today approved a measure giving pastors the discretion to perform same-gender marriages in states where it is legal. It offers the same discretion for churches with regard to the use of church property. The measure takes effect upon the conclusion of the General Assembly on Saturday, June 21, 2014. A proposed amendment to change the Constitution to include same-gender marriages in the church’s Constitution passed the General Assembly but must be ratified by a majority of the church’s 172 regional presbyteries. Presbyteries have one year to vote on the proposed amendment. If a majority ratifies the amendment, it would take effect June 21, 2015.
Middle East and Divestments
The 221st General Assembly (2014) voted by a narrow margin to divest from three U.S. companies—Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola Solutions—whose products are used to further the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The assembly’s vote was 310-303.