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P r e s by te r i a n s To d ay OCTOBER Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon: You came to speak at my home church when I was in college and you wrote me these words — "May justice be your mandate in all that you say and do." They have been a guidepost in ministry and in life. Thank you for being the -rst person to begin the lifelong process of offering me the truth to help me wake up. — Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, general pres- byter, Presbytery of Southern New England There are people who in€uence your life, and they them- selves probably never knew how important their life and witness were to you. Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon was de-nitely one of those women for me. I am so grateful for her life and witness. In life and in death we belong to God. — Rev. Irene Pak Lee, associate pastor at Stone Church of Willow Glen in San Jose, California Such a powerful and anointed voice. I knew her only a short time, but her scholarly and saintly advice was invaluable. — James Parks, former moderator of Baltimore Presbytery and a board member of both the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program FROM THE COMODERATORS OF THE RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and the Rev• Cindy Kohlmann Though we had not met her personally we have known her through the people she taught and mentored and through her impact to the body of Christ A trailblazer educator and faithful leader her example and life journey compel us to serve and to act Rev Dr Cannon was presented the Award for Excellence in Theological Education at the •••rd General Assembly (•-€‚) In a video presented during the award breakfast she shared some words about her call… "Teaching is my ministry I love teaching‡ to empower‡ to equip‡ to set people free‡ to live into the graces and gifts [the students] have been given" May we honor her words and life as we mentor and disciple new generations in building the kin-dom of God Que descanse en paz Dra Cannon The powerful witness to her work for the Lord is that she told her story without compromise as to how the Lord God, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, gave her enlightenment and life. She was a powerful expression of a rural upbringing that was not compromised by schol- arly acclaim or ivory tower lectures. Her truth was made plain by her commitment to following Jesus' words, "You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (John 8:32). — Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Katie Cannon had a heart of gold and mentored many women of color, myself included. She taught us to be radically inclusive and touched many lives. It is her shoulders that we stand on today; she is now among those great cloud of witnesses. — Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency It was easy to talk to Katie and to become her friend. Yet she also had a way of challenging you to rise to the next level. I will never forget one of her objectives about our quest on behalf of those who are African-American, female and clergy — "to make visible our curious invis- ibility." — Rev. Dr. Rhashell Hunter, director of Racial Equity & Women's Intercultural Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency LEARN MORE This short film tells the story of Cannon's ordination her call to teaching and her legacy as a teacher who informed and challenged her students Go to… vimeocom HONORING CANNON'S LEGACY A scholarship fund honoring the Rev Dr Katie Geneva Cannon has been established for women of color to attend leadership development events Those wishing to donate to the scholarship fund can contribute online at… presbyterianmissionorgdonatee………-womens-ministries COURTESY OF SHANNAN VANCEœOCAMPO Cannon shared her passion for a just world and encouraged many pastors, like the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, with words of inspiration.

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