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  • Partnership February 21, 2018
    We began our strategic planning discernment by identifying the core values of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan.  In our core values statement, partnership leads the way, is a given. "As partners in Christ service, we..."  "We," not "I," but "we."  We are not private Christians.  That's anathema to our self understanding.  In our baptism we are […]
  • Getting SMART February 8, 2018
    The Presbytery of Lake Michigan's Leadership Team held a retreat on January 25th with representatives of our committees and ministry teams.  Led by our consultant Linda Badger Becker, we worked in small groups to wrestle four broad goals into specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely (SMART) objectives.  Recorder/Facilitators at each table recorded the ideas generated by […]
  • Confronting Abusive Power with Truth Telling and Empowerment January 15, 2018
    Unless you've been living in a cave, you are aware of a wave of women who have charged some powerful men of sexual harassment, abuse and assault.  They've done so at the risk of attention they did not want and of considerable reprisal.  Some men in the movie and media industries, in sports and government […]