Blackhawk Presbytery
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 476
Oregon, IL 61061
779.771.2088 (general inquires)
779.771.1896 (Transformational General Presbyter / Stated Clerk)



2021 February Presbytery Meeting

The Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Blackhawk was held on February 9, 2021 on Zoom video conference. 
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February Assembly Meeting Features Guest Speaker
Rev. Dr. Barbara Wilson
Our Moderator, Rev. Dr. Anita Stuart-Steva and the Assembly Planning Committee have chosen to focus the learning opportunities at the 2021 assembly meetings on the Matthew 25 initiative. We were pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Barbara Wilson as our first presenter in the series. She addressed the topic of dismantling structural racism. Rev. Wilson's presentation, entitled "Envisioning a New Way of Life Together", focused on how we think about race and the equality of all people created in the image of God. Discussion groups followed (see a recap of the Chat summaries and discussion questions here).
Rev. Dr. Barbara Ann Wilson is the Director, Collaboration and Community Partnerships, Presbytery of Chicago. She facilitates building sustainable partnerships to strengthen vitality and mission.
Barbara is an adjunct professor at McCormick and Bexley Seabury Seminaries, an ACEs and Trauma-Informed for Faith Communities master trainer. She is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), and Healthy Congregations Facilitator. She is ordained as an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC).
She holds B. A. and M.S degrees in Criminal Justice and Justice Administration, respectively. She received the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary.
In addition to our special speaker, we heard greetings from Rev. Gregory Bentley, the General Assembly Co-Moderator. Our worship together featured Pastor Dottie Morizzo with the message "Seeing as Jesus Sees", based on Matthew 25:31-46. Rev. Dan Robertson led us in the Sacrament of Holy Communion and an offering was received for One Great Hour of Sharing. (It can be still be mailed to the Presbytery office or sent via our DONATE button, where you may contribute to this (or other) funds.)
The Presbytery adopted three new policies (these will also be found here: 
MEETING DOCUMENTS (in alphabetical order)
Docket (revised 2/4)
Worship will include Holy Communion
          Covenant of Closure for Pastors who Retire - second reading
          Covenant of Closure for Pastors who Resign - second reading
Council Report - no written report   
Finance and Property Committee Report - no written report
Nominating Committee Report:
Nominees for Mission Committee (all congregation members)
Kate Hartman, 2nd term, class of 2023
Gene Archer, 2nd term, class of 2023
Tanya Muzzarelli, 1st term, class of 2023
Scott Vandermyde, 1st term, class of 2023
Nominee for CPM: Joel Stevenor, 1st term, class of 2022, MWS
Nominee for Council: Bill Newkirk, 1st term, class of 2022 (filling a vacancy) RE 
Personnel Committee Report - no report
Presbytery Assembly Planning Committee - no written report
          Necrology Report for 2020
          Treasurer's Report: (Summary)