On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, the Office of Public Witness hosted a reception to announce a transition to broadcasting Second Tuesday briefings via webcast and to celebrate 23 years of in-person briefings with local Presbyterians. Surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, Wayne Ruddock, who participated in creating the program, described the origin of Second Tuesday. Since its inception in 1991, Second Tuesday has been an opportunity for the Office of Public Witness to support local Presbyterians as they engage in their own advocacy efforts.
OPW plans to continue in this ministry and make it more widely available to Presbyterians across the nation by using online tools such as webinar and webcast. When the new system comes online, we will make sure that information on how to tune in will be disseminated. The new structure will also enable more nimble responses to urgent news and action items.
Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons and Director of Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry Sara Lisherness attended the celebration, as did OPW staff, interns, volunteers, and Presbyterians from the National Capital and Baltimore Presbyteries. We give thanks for the witness and foresight that created this program twenty-three years ago.