Dear Sisters and Brothers of The Progressive Christian Alliance,
Last week, we shared with you our saddness that H. Lawton Higgs, Sr. had to retire as Chair of The Progressive Christian Alliance. His leadership has had a great impact both on the individuals of the Leadership Council, and on the future of The Progressive Christian Alliance as a living organization.
In spite of our grief, the LC recognizes that the PCA has been offered an opportunity. In the past, all of the Leadership Council positions have all been filled every three years. This meant that there was little continuity from Council to Council. This year, we’ve filled the Treasurer’s position with an interim (Mathew Self) and now we have an interim Chair (Gina Pond who was elected 2 years ago as Member at Large). This seems the perfect opportunity to hold an election for these two positions with the elected officers taking office in January to begin their 3 year term. The Co-Chair, Member at Large and Secretary positions will be elected in the Fall of 2018 to begin January 2019. This creates 2 years with the same members and one year of overlap where new ideas can be brought to the table along with folks who have knowledge of past decisions, policies and processes.
We will be accepting nominations and self-nominations for the positions of Chair and Treasurer from today through October 16th, 10 PM CST. Applicants should include a paragraph of why they feel qualified and what their vision is for the future of PCA. They can be electronically submitted by email in PDF format to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are nominated by another person, sending in your paragraph will be your acceptance of that nomination.
Members will be invited to vote through a link on Facebook and through an email link starting October 17th. Watch for the Survey Monkey and make your voice heard! Voting will close on Oct. 31 at 10 AM CDT. On All Saints Day (November 1st) we’ll announce the new officers.
We thank you in advance for spending time in prayerful consideration of whether this is a call to ministry that Godde is calling you to answer.
Beth Abbott, LC Co-Chair