On the Horizon
When the staff and editorial committee planned to dedicate this
issue to God's gift of the arts and how they enrich our lives,
no one in that room or elsewhere would have predicted the events
that overshadow our world as
we now go to press. Life in the United States was tragically
interrupted on September 11, 2001. Abruptly, the people here
joined the global community at a level that had been virtually
foreign. Horrors of violence that have historically haunted so
many sisters and brothers worldwide, came home.
Since the initial events, we have been inundated with words and
images-attempts to somehow describe what has happened in the
United States and what is happening now around the world in response.
Information, in all of its forms, has been and will be unceasing.
Though words, too, are a powerful art form, the communications
staff of Presbyterian Women was reluctant to add more words to
today's necessary and noisy maelstrom. So, we opted to add five
pages (31--35) to this issue providing resources, prayers, reflections
and stories about what some Presbyterian women are doing related
to current world events.
As always, we invite you to contact us, but particularly now
with stories from your experience of the ongoing crisis. We also
invite you to help us gather names of Presbyterian women and
family members who have died or who are missing. Along with names,
please send information you may have about congregation, presbytery
and synod affiliations. We will print these names in the magazine
and post them on the Horizons Web site as they become
As this issue of Horizons leaves our offices in Louisville,
the events of September 11, 2001, though still fresh and forever
imbedded in our hearts and minds, are more than one month old.
Today, October 15, the United States bombed, among other targets,
the area around the city of Kabul in Afghanistan. By the time
these words reach you, this, too, will be yesterday's news. We
do not know what is on the horizon. But, wherever and whenever
these words reach you, be comforted. God, our help in ages past,
will bless and keep you. Direct your words toward God. Pray for
Susan Jackson Dowd
PW Communications Coordinator
Ask questions, submit ideas or share concerns with the CCT
by contacting your PW synod representative. To find the synod
representative for your area, contact Jean James, PW program
assistant, 888/728-7228, ext. 5844 or email JeanJ@ctr.pcusa.org.
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