With an immensely heavy heart for a host of reasons, I have informed the Stated Clerk that I am stepping down from standing for the office of moderator of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
On April 25th, my husband, Alvise, was admitted to the hospital for the first time in his life. On May 9th, he underwent surgery on a ruptured disc in his neck. At the same time, an MRI showed an enlarged thyroid that will require either partial or complete removal. And, of course, the thyroid treatment cannot begin until he has healed from the disc surgery.
The complexity of Alvise’s sudden health problems, and the likely length of treatment and recovery, have made it clear that standing for moderator and serving in the office would be impossible for me at this time—at a time when my husband needs me most.
I am very grateful for the confidence of all who share my vision for the PCUSA, especially Jeff Krehbiel whose joy at standing with me was such a gift. I know the church I love is in God’s sure hands.
Alvise and I covet your prayers as we face this life challenge together and our own spirits stumble. We rely upon the PCUSA to be Christ’s steadfast and loving arms holding us up. Thank you so very much for that.
May the peace of Christ be always with you,
Reverend Janet Edwards