In this blog, Tessa introduces herself and outlines her aspirations for her moderatorial year:
Friends, I am Tessa Henry-Robinson – Minister of the Word and Sacraments in a four-congregation pastorate in Thames North Synod. I am the present Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church. I am also a spouse, mother, grandmother, sibling, and colleague.
In my moderatorial year, I aim to meet many of you where you are and look forward to visiting partners of the URC where they are, having already attended the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Wales.
I am interested in listening to and sharing stories, insights, and experiences as part of my commitment to assist in helping to guide the denomination to become a Church where all God’s people are embraced with grace, peace and the knowledge that they are seen and heard.
The Revd Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson made history at the 2023 United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly when she was inducted as its first Black and ethnically-minoritised woman Moderator.
In her first blog, Tessa introduces her Chaplains, Karen Campbell, Secretary for Global & Intercultural Ministries, and the Revd Stephen Ansa-Addo, Minister of Park and Hungerford United Reformed churches:
I am pleased to introduce my Chaplains to you, two people whose sense of community will bring many strengths to speak to the needs of our multi-diverse denomination. Stepping into the role of Moderator, I recognised that having two Chaplains is necessary in these times in which colleagues are increasingly asked to divide their time in creative and sometimes miraculous ways. Continue reading
In July, after General Assembly, the Revd Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson attends the Presbyterian Church of Wales General Assembly, 10-12 July. She takes part in ‘Making Spaces’ at Westminster College, Cambridge, 13-14 July. She is a panel member for the graduation of lay pioneers at Lodge Road Community Church, Birmingham, on 15 July, and attends Dave Herbert’s farewell service in St James’s URC in Newcastle on 30th July.