Heath Rada, PCUSA Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014)

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PC(USA) Moderator issues nine challenges to Presbyterians for the coming year

This April 17, 2015, speech delivered to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, Moderator Heath Rada spoke to nine points, in which raised nine questions for the members and leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Rada, a retired ruling elder who served the American Red Cross as CEO of the Greater Richmond chapter and president of […]

Two more points from the Moderator

Several weeks ago I spoke to the Presbyterian Mission Agency about nine areas where I was observing interest, concerns, joys, or activity in our denomination. It was an “in-house” speech that was ultimately shared more broadly when placed on the Presbyterian News Service. The response has been heartening and I am grateful that a number […]

Letter to Jonathan

I was honored when my friend, Mihee Kim-Kort, invited me to be a part of her May blog series called, “The Meaning of Children.” It’s been a gift to read the reflections thus far about what we learn from our smallest teachers. My three-year-old son has been an important part of my cancer diagnosis and […]

Honorary Doctoral Degree from St. Andrews University

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Moderator Heath Rada received an honorary doctorate in divinity from St. Andrews University during commencement ceremonies on May 3, 2015. St. Andrews president Paul Baldasare bestowed the honorary doctorate upon Dr. Rada and noted his dedication to a professional life of service through a career spanning from education, to executive leadership in […]

A Mother’s Day Message

Today is Mother’s Day.  For many of us it is a day to celebrate with our Mom’s. For others of us it is a time to remember and be grateful for our Mom’s who are no longer with us.  For some, unfortunately, it is a day of pain or heartache, because some of us were […]

Standing in solidarity with the National Black Presbyterian Caucus

We, along with Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons, stand in solidarity with the National Black Presbyterian Caucus in response to the despair in Baltimore. We believe that that Church is called to name its complicity in systemic racism. It is only after naming racial injustice that we can seek to live as Christ’s body in a […]

Heath is travelling

Read a recent article on Heath’s travels at: theindependent.com by

In the midst of turmoil, hope still survives

Although I had been to a number of countries in Africa in past years, these past two weeks provided my first visit to South Sudan and Ethiopia. I found both countries to be filled with unique beauty—both in natural surroundings and particularly in the eyes and spirit of the people. I witnessed many challenges, including […]

Reasons to celebrate the PC(U.S.A.) this Advent season

I celebrate the PC(USA) as a denomination that unequivocally affirms the Lordship of Jesus Christ as our Savior. Each new member, when joining the church, confesses that she or he accepts Jesus as their personal Savior. In fact, they could not be members if they do not confess that as their position. Do we state […]

Be a reconciler in the church

LOUISVILLE (PNS)  At a recent meeting of newly elected moderators of presbyteries across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I was asked to share my thoughts concerning ways a person might serve in the role of “reconciler” in a presbytery or church where there were divisions. The following were my comments: Pray first. Pray alone before you […]

Be a reconciler in the church

At a recent meeting of newly elected moderators of presbyteries across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I was asked to share my thoughts concerning ways a person might serve in the role of “reconciler” in a presbytery or church where there were divisions. The following were my comments: Pray first. Pray alone before you begin the […]

Practicing hospitality in an inhospitable place

Lebanon has received a flood of refugees from neighboring Syria and Iraq that dwarfs the “border crisis” in the United States. Lebanon is a country of 4 million inhabitants; in the last three years, they have absorbed an additional 1.5 million refugees from Syria and 750,000 refugees from Iraq. This has increased the population of […]

Thanks and praise — and disappointment

The annual Evangelism and Church Growth Conference kicked off here Monday night with a welcome and opening prayer from Heath Rada, moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 221stGeneral Assembly. “In my many travels this summer, this is the only place I asked to come,” Rada told some 500 Presbyterians gathered for Go. Disciple. Live. — […]