Horizons: Summer 2024

<i>Horizons</i>: Summer 2024

Do Everything in Love

About this issue

Have you ever spent three years planning for something? A long-awaited vacation, perhaps? A very elaborate wedding? Your life following retirement? Maybe a career change? It’s a long time to think about something—even something wonderful— and when the big day finally nears, you can’t imagine there’s anything you haven’t thought of related to that event. Surely, in three years’ time you’ve covered it all?

As the PW gathering planning team and staff spend these final weeks preparing for our triennial gathering (August 8–11 in St. Louis), we’re swimming in thoughts about the Gathering’s theme, Do Everything in Love, so much so, we planned an issue of Horizons based on that theme. The good news is this magazine won’t spoil any surprises waiting for you in August. The even better news is, if you enjoy thinking about love as much as we do, then you’ll love this issue.

How do we love? Whom do we love? Where and when is love needed most and what are all the ways we can show our love? Join us in pondering these questions as you peruse the following pages and prepare yourself for the 2024 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women.

We hope you love this issue as much as we loved putting it together! 

—Leah Ellison Bradley, guest editor


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Falling in Love: Discovering the Power in Moments of Connection
Mary Austin discovers love in moments of connection, often with strangers.

Rebecca J. Gresham writes an open letter to all who judge her child, asking “how do we love people who are different from us?”

Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn
Kathleen Long Bostrom shares practical suggestions for having difficult conversations with people when we disagree.

Re-moralizing One Another
Victoria Weinstein celebrates the gift of mutual aid in times when it’s needed most.

When We Can’t Speak: Loving Beyond Language
Rachel Grassley explores how we can deepen relationships with neighbors who don’t speak our language.

For the Love of Creation
Chris Burger shares his deep love of creation in the hope that others might learn to love it, too.

PW Resources

What I love about the Gathering (and you will, too!) is . . .
Presbyterian women love our triennial Gathering for so many reasons. What are yours?

2024 Thank Offering of Presbyterian Women Recipients

2024 Thank Offering of Presbyterian Women Dedication Service

Anna H. Bedford Bible Study Resource
Sarah Leer offers reflections and questions for studying Lessons One and Two of the 2024-25 PW/Horizons Bible study, Let Justice Roll Down: God’s Call to Care for Neighbors and All Creation by Patricia K. Tull.

Stitching Change
Mary Jorgenson tells the story behind the hands that are making this year’s Gathering tote bags.


God Is Love
Cecilia Amorocho Hickerson

Unpacking the Theme: Scripture Study
Do Everything in Love
Rev. Dr. Rhonda Mawhood Lee

Stories from the Ages
The Legacy of a Good Fire
Hillary Mohaupt

News and Information about Presbyterian Women and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Faithful Parenting
Move Toward Love
Melanie Marsh

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