JUNE 30, 2024

What About “The Pause”?

At the beginning of March 2024, the Synod of the Covenant Administrative Commission for the Presbytery of Detroit (Synod AC) suspended much of the business of the presbytery—putting a number of committees on pause so that our attention might be directed toward the health of the presbytery. That Sacred Pause will continue through the remainder of 2024.

When we first set up this Pause, our hope was that it would allow people to use their time and energy toward “the intrapersonal and collegial work of restorative justice, truth-telling and reparation in the systemic racism inherent in the history of the Presbytery of Detroit.” There is much more work to be done in this area.

Rev. Leslie Mott (Temporary Executive Presbyter) and Rev. Dr. Melissa Allison (Stated Clerk) have used some of their time over these months to work with Rev. Dr. Barbara Wilson, who is an Associate Executive Presbyter in the Chicago Presbytery and also a Professional Certified Coach. That work has strengthened Leslie and Melissa overall; it also spurred them to create the No Longer Silent: Reflections on White Supremacy study, which we recommend to all of you. (Copies are available through the Presbytery Office.)

We are excited about further work concerning systemic racism that we are hoping to institute over the next few months.

With gratitude for all of you,

Jeanne Gay, Synod AC chair pro tem

Note: Some groups in the presbytery have not been on pause over these last months and will continue their work going forward. They are as follows:

·        Commission on Ministry

·        Commission on Preparation for Ministry

·        Board of Trustees

·        Permanent Judicial Commission

·        Commissioners (and Advisory Delegate) to General Assembly

·        Commissioners to Synod Assembly

·        Michigan Black Presbyterian Caucus

·        Anti-Racism Team

·        Presbytery Response Team

·        Hunger Work Group (including Everyone Eats)

·        Thika Partnership Work Group

·        Particular Administrative Commissions