A group of Presbyterian clergy have prepared and circulated A Pastoral Letter to their colleagues. It is a fine statement, noting that “[a]n enduring principle of our discipleship is the call to sacrifice for the sake of others, after the manner of Christ, and a commitment to the common good beyond our own personal interest.” It goes on to cite principles of their tradition; “concern for the common good has focused on providing quality public education, ensuring affordable health care, and promoting the general welfare of the people – with particular attention to those whom Jesus called ‘the least of these’.” Noting their concern regarding “recent legislative actions,” they call on fellow Presbyterians to pray “for the poor, the overlooked, and the marginalized in our state”; to join in Lenten study on these matters; and to “renew our calling as advocates for the greater public good.”
About George Reed, Former Executive Director
As I had hoped, I have spent more time reading books in my retirement. One recent read was Jon Meacham’s splendid biography of Thomas Jefferson. I resonated with something TJ wrote in a letter shortly after leaving the White House in 1809: “I am here [at Monticello] enjoying the ineffable luxury of being owner of my own time.” I can’t say that I am complete owner of my time, but I am really enjoying not being controlled by clock and calendar. Well, except when there’s a deadline for Raleigh Report.