Call to Meeting: October 23-25

The Chicago Invitation has been meeting for ten years. It continues to evolve, grow, learn, and share…always seeking to serve the RCA and our faith and theology. You signed an historic document that was part of all that. Today, we are about theology for the church today and to a lesser extent paying attention to the programs and policies of the RCA. We are neither the Synod of Dort nor the Justice League, never were.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 23 beginning at 2pm with worship and adjourning on Friday morning, October 25. We meet at the Mariandale Retreat Center in Ossining, New York. If you cannot come to the entire meeting, you are more than welcome to attend for whatever part you able to join us.

To make a reservation please email me at as soon as possible so we may reserve enough space. The cost is $175 $180* per person, which includes lodging and meals.

Here are our tentative discussion topics and presenters (in random order)

RC-RCA dialogue: Presenter Al Janssen

New congregation/church models and New Economics of pastoral ministry: Presenter Okke Postma

New Hymnals: Presenter James Brumm

10 year goal vs reality: Presenter Jim Reid

General Synod of 2013: Presenter Dan Griswold

Practical Eccesiology: Presenter Al Janssen

The future of the RCA, capturing data for outcome/pastoral use: Presenter Donna Field

We also take time for worship each day and for informal fellowship for part of the value is the friendships and mutual care we share at our meetings.

So, right now, before you forget, email me at to make your reservation to attend the meeting; and if you have thoughts, concerns, ideas, that you would like on the agenda, please include them or call me at 520-344-9554.


Jack Elliott,

Moderator, Chicago Invitation

* Corrected on 10/05/2013.

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