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

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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 […]

Blossom and flourish in our renewal

This morning when I awoke and peered outside the window, the rhododendron forest in which I reside looked dead. All of the slick, green leaves that remain in place all winter were closed up so tightly that they appeared to have no life. When I looked at the thermometer out our kitchen window I noted […]

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 […]

Seek ways to broaden understanding of faith

The query from the floor was, “How does the PC(USA) believe it has the privilege of changing God’s word to make it fit its own purposes? How do you get away with changing the wording of the Bible when it comes to marriage, which clearly states that marriage is between a man and a woman, […]

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. — […]