Gradye Parsons

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Gradye Parsons



The Reverend Gradye Parsons served as the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), a "Member Communion of the Church World Service.[1] The post has been filled by Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II as of 2016.[2],[3]

Refugee rally

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Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk for Presbyterian Church U.S.A., spoke during a news conference with senators and national religious leaders to respond to attempts at vilifying refugees and to call on lawmakers to engage in policymaking and not 'fear-mongering' at the U.S. Capitol December 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. Following last week's mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calinfornia, leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called on Monday for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country.

Also speaking were Senators Tim Kaine, Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, and Theodore McCarrick, Rabbi Jack Moline, Bishop Sally Dyck, Rev. Richard Graham, Imam Talib Shareef.

MC Rev, Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea.

Q&A Jen Smyers Church World Service.

Delegation to Cuba

Rev. John L. McCullough led a delegation to Cuba in November 2014 which included former Presbyterian Church (USA) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons:[4]

"The delegation now in Cuba is being led by Church World Service (CWS) President and CEO the John L. McCullough. Church World Service has long urged the U.S. government to lift the decades-old embargo on Cuba and to normalize relations with the island nation. Last year John L. McCullough and other U.S. faith leaders praised President Obama for a 2011 directive that lifted restrictions for religious and academic travel to Cuba, in addition to unrestricted travel by Cuban Americans.
“We are a humanitarian and relief organization and while Church World Service is taking a lead in what actually is a broad interfaith advocacy effort around normalizing relations, we lead with our faith,” John L. McCullough said. “It is about relating to people on the strength of our faith, our values and the things that we hold to be true. Policies that relegate people to conditions of hunger and poverty are wrong.”

Gradye Parsons of the Presbyterian Church (USA)[5] associated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) praised Barack Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba in November 2014:

"The delegation was led by the John L. McCullough, president and CEO of Church World Service (CWS). "CWS has long urged the U.S. government to lift the decades-old embargo on Cuba and to normalize relations with the island nation,” read a denominational press release. “Last year McCullough and other U.S. faith leaders praised President Obama for a 2011 directive that lifted restrictions for religious and academic travel to Cuba, in addition to unrestricted travel by Cuban Americans.”

This, along with another post by Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Gradye Parsons in December 2014:[6]

"The Presbyterian Church (USA) has been working for more than 30 years to help ease the hardships caused by the United States’ economic embargo on Cuba and to end the embargo itself. Recently I have been participating in a series of meetings with government officials both in Cuba and in Washington. Along with the John L. McCullough, president and chief executive officer of Church World Service; and Rabbi Elhanan Schnitzer “Sunny” , executive director of the Cuba-America Jewish Mission; we emphasized the humanitarian reasons for the release of Alan Gross and the three Cuban prisoners.
"The announcement today by President Obama not only eases the suffering of the family members and friends of these prisoners, but also takes us closer to a day when our two peoples will have no impediments to full and flourishing relations. We rejoice along with the Cuban Council of Churches and the Presbyterian Church of Cuba for the good news that will further the cause of peace and human rights around the world."

Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand November 6, 2014:

RELIGIOUS PEOPLE FAVOR US-CUBA DIALOGUE

The chairman of the World Service of Churches, Reverend John L. McCullough, favored promoting actions to promote "sincere and transparent" dialogue between Cuba and the United States.

At a press conference in Havana on Tuesday, along with his companions, Reverend Gradye Parsons, of the US Presbyterian Church, and Rabbi Howard Sunny Shnitzer, McCullog noted the need to achieve speed and progress in the dialogue between the two countries to search after the normalization of relations. He assured that efforts to achieve that goal will continue.

In order to take a first step, it is necessary to solve the humanitarian crisis; that is, to release the three Cuban antiterrorists held in US prisons since 1998, and Alan Gross, who is serving time in Cuba, he noted.[7]

National Council of Churches

Gradye Parsons is a Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee for the Presbyterian Church (USA) on the 2008-2011 National Council of Churches Governing Board, as of March 22, 2010.[8]

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