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New Pastor At First Presbyterian Church

Before receiving the call to serve as the interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, Reverend Terri Yvette Cisse served as the assistant Protestant chaplain and later the interim associate university chaplain to the Protestant community at Brown University. She also served as the chaplain at Emerson College, Wellesley College, Simmons College, and as seminarian chaplain and the director of the Harvard University Memorial Church School under the tutelage of the late Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes.

Cisse has also served the following congregations as the minister for Christian education and spiritual formation at the Flemington Presbyterian Church in Flemington, NJ and the interim minister of education at the Hingham Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Hingham, MA.

Cisse is a graduate of the Princeton Theological Seminary where she received her Th.M in Education and Spiritual Formation. She is a graduate of Harvard University where she received the Master of divinity degree. She also received a Master of Arts in cross cultural theology from Columbia International University. Cisse received her undergraduate degree in history from the Mississippi University for Women where she was inducted into the national honor society of history (Phi Alpha Theta) for outstanding historical scholarship. Her clinical pastoral education was completed at the Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals (Dana Farber Cancer Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital) where she served as an interfaith chaplain.

Cisse has served the Presbyterian Church  (USA) in the following capacities: New Brunswick Presbytery Education and Missions Committee board member, national delegate for Presbyterian Women Association, Presbyterian youth triennium educator and team leader, delegate to Presbyterian Multicultural Church Institute and worship committee member for the Big Tent.

Cisse’s further ministry and professional developments include two term president elect of Harvard Harambee (representing students in the African diaspora) at the Harvard Divinity School, the Chalice Press Outstanding Seminarian award, the Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellowship where she received a grant to conduct ethnographic research of griotte women in Mali, West Africa to examine the practice and tradition of the transmission of religion through oral narratives.

Cisse has also served as a delegate to the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain to examine and create models for interfaith dialogue. She has also served as multifaith coordinator for service learning to Wahat al-Salaam/Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace) Village school in Jerusalem, Israel jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens engaged in educational work for peace, equality and understanding. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Biblical Literature, and the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators.

Cisse desires to approach ministry not just as a theoretical endeavor but also as a practical way of life. Like Jesus, she desires to use parables as a medium to contemporary, cross-cultural and multi faith conversation. She desires to create a ministry model that focuses on examining personal narratives for the pattern of the divine that is sometimes silently woven into the stories of their lives.  Cisse believes that when people “find God” in the midst of their life stories this facilitates their faith journey towards lives full of purpose and passion.

News

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, nearly 2,000 military veterans and Gold Star families in Levittown and Island Trees will have to wait for their tax break until next year. 

 

Both the Levittown and Island Trees school districts are among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, trustees in both districts voted unanimously to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In response to the criticism from the community over the proposed sale of 11.3 acres of school district property housing the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow school facilities, the Island Trees  Board of Education has revealed the details of an $18 million proposal to develop housing for seniors (age 55 and up).

 

“People should be aware of the whole story,” said Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “There is this perception that [the board] acted hastily... It was not just a quick decision over chump change.”


Sports

Kaitlyn Gerdes and Kelly Gerdes, seniors at MacArthur High School in the Levittown School District, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing soccer on the college level at Hofstra University this fall. They will each pursue a degree in exercise science.

 

Both girls are co-captains of the varsity soccer team and received All-County designations this fall. As sophomores, the twins assisted their team in winning the county, Long Island and New York State championship titles. As a junior, Kaitlyn was designated as an All-

Class player, while Kelly garnered an All-Class designation in her junior year and has been named an All-Long Island and All-Conference player. Kaitlyn and Kelly also play for the Farmingdale United travel soccer team and are peer leaders at their school.

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District 

An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.

 

“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”

 

Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University. Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.


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