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Advocate for the common good

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International peacemaker from Malawi says churches should work to hold governments accountable

September 30, 2014

Moses Makandawire. —Photo by Joseph Williams

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Pat Cole

LOUISVILLE

Twelve international peacemakers from around the world are visiting congregations, presbyteries and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sept. 19-Oct. 12.

They are sharing their stories about church-based ministries in their countries that seek peace justice and pursue peace in the name of Jesus Christ. This year’s international peacemakers come from Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, South Sudan and Syria.

New Presbyterian Giving Catalog offers creative way to make a difference

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:00

‘Alternative giving’ resource now in second year

September 29, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Pat Cole

Communications Specialist

LOUISVILLE

After a successful launch in the fall of 2013, the Presbyterian Giving Catalog has entered its second year with a new edition and with new tools to help congregations encourage alternative giving.

Historic civil rights church to be considered for national recognition

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:00

September 29, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON

The West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, where the Rev. Ralph Abernathy Sr. and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. met, prayed and organized the civil rights movement, could be on its way to formal national recognition after a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday (Sept. 15).

Peace and tolerance

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:00

New opportunities emerging for church, Egypt International Peacemaker says

September 29, 2014

Ibrahim Makram. —Photo by Joseph Williams

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Twelve international peacemakers from around the world are visiting congregations, presbyteries and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sept. 19-Oct.12.

They are sharing their stories and church-based ministries in their countries that seek peace, justice and pursue peace in the name of Jesus Christ. This year’s international peacemakers come from Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, South Sudan and Syria. 

Yale chaplain's resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:00

September 26, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

WASHINGTON

When an Episcopal chaplain at Yale University seemed to suggest that Jews were culpable for Israel’s actions against Palestinians and a related rise in global anti-Semitism, his comments not only led to his resignation but rekindled a debate within mainline Protestant churches about how to respond to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Learning healing, finding peace

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Bangladesh (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 221)

September 26, 2014

For his practical training in the ministry of healing, Suvojeet Mondal visits Dighi, who is crippled. —Photo by Cindy Morgan

Presbyterian News Service

Les and Cindy Morgan

PC(USA) mission co-workers

DHAKA, Bangladesh

I’m enjoying a peaceful late evening sitting alone next to the side rail of the upper deck of the overnight riverboat Shurobhi-7, heading north to Dhaka. I’ve just spent two days with one of my former theological students, now a lay pastor serving a rural congregation in southern Bangladesh. I went to encourage him in his outreach to the sick, and together, along with a parish elder, we visited several homes in their village.

No reconciliation, no peace

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:00

Churches trying to broker Bible and theological based political solutions , says Madagascar International Peacemaker

September 26, 2014

Lala Haja Rasendrahasina. —Photo by Joseph Williams

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

Twelve international peacemakers from around the world are visiting congregations, presbyteries and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sept. 19-Oct. 12.

They are sharing their stories about church-based ministries in their countries that seek peace justice and pursue peace in the name of Jesus Christ. This year’s international peacemakers come from Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, South Sudan and Syria.

‘Over there’ is right here

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:00

PC(USA)’s ‘Living Missionally’ initiative seeks to inspire congregations to reach out to their communities

September 25, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Roger Dermody closed the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Board’s meeting Sept. 19 with a presentation, an invitation, and a charge.

After summarizing the new churchwide initiative, Living Missionally—which was unanimously adopted by the 221st General Assembly (2014) — the PMA’s deputy executive director for mission called upon the board for its help and engagement.

Ukraine is flowing with blood, say bishops, warning worse could come

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:00

September 25, 2014

Ecumenical News

Peter Kenny

GENEVA

Ukrainian Greek-Catholic bishops from around the world, meeting in Lviv for their annual Holy Synod, have appealed to the international community to help restore peace in Ukraine.

Americans slowly starting to climb out of poverty, according to new census data

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:00

September 25, 2014

Bread for the World Communications

Fito Moreno

WASHINGTON

Poverty decreased slightly — by 0.5 percent — last year, according to new data released Sept. 16 by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is the first time a decrease has been seen since 2006.

Revisiting the gospel in Egypt

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:00

Recent upheavals cause rethinking of incarnation, evangelism, seminary president Gendy says

September 25, 2014

Atef Gendy. —Photo by Jerry L. Van Marter

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

The recent upheavals in Egypt have given the country’s churches “the opportunity to revisit the gospel we preach,” a leading Egyptian theological educator told the Presbyterian News Service in an exclusive interview here Sept. 15.

Thirst for peace

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:00

Resolution of Israel-Palestine conflict possible ‘if we work hard for it,’ Palestinian International Peacemaker says

September 25, 2014

George Abueed. —Photo by Joseph Williams

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Twelve international peacemakers from around the world are visiting congregations, presbyteries and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sept. 19-Oct.12.

They are sharing their stories and church-based ministries in their countries that seek peace, justice and pursue peace in the name of Jesus Christ. This year’s international peacemakers come from Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, South Sudan and Syria.

God provides

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Democratic Republic of the Congo (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 138)

September 24, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

John and Glenda Fletcher

PC(USA) mission co-workers

GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPITAL, Kasai

Orphaned at age 12, Isuku Isuku (nicknamed Socrate) has experienced some tough times in his short life in the far west of Congo. Compared to many other orphaned Congolese children, however, he was fortunate in that a local woman, Mama Micheline Kakene Kikar, had agreed to be a foster mother to him and two of his siblings.

PC(USA) reaffirms commitment to deportees via Sanctuary 2014 movement

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:37

September 24, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Louisville, KY

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is, and has been for decades, on the front lines of protecting asylum seekers in danger of deportation, and today the denomination re-affirmed its commitment by standing in solidarity with the Sanctuary 2014 movement.

Why same-sex marriage is expected to heat up this election among evangelicals

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:00

September 24, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

WASHINGTON

As more states affirm same-sex marriage, U.S. evangelicals continue to wrestle with homosexuality, setting boundaries for what's acceptable and what's not, and setting the stage for a heated fall election season.

Voices from the Border and Beyond

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:00

PC(USA) Travel Study Seminar to US/Mexico Border & Central America―Jan. 23 – Feb. 1, 2015 Co-hosted by Presbyterian World Mission, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Office of Public Witness

September 24, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian World Mission

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian World Mission, together with our partners on the US/Mexico border and in Central America, is offering a Travel Study Seminar for Presbyterians who want to understand the context and respond to the needs of the thousands of Central American children that are crossing the border. The trip is scheduled for January 23 - February 1, 2015 and will include visits with a Presbyterian Border Region Outreach (PBRO) ministry site as well as visits with ecumenical partners in Guatemala and El Salvador.  

The church on the margins

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:00

Peace comes only by following Jesus, says Ethiopia International Peacemaker

September 24, 2014

Tseganesh Ayele Asele. —Photo by Joseph Williams

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

Twelve international peacemakers from around the world are visiting congregations, presbyteries and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sept. 19-Oct. 12.

South Africa denies Dalai Lama another visa to visit ‘due to China relations’

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:00

Tibetan Nobel laureate denied entry for third time in five years

September 23, 2014

Ecumenical News

Peter Kenny

GENEVA

The Dalai Lama, a personal friend of Desmond Tutu, has again been refused entry to South Africa, where he was scheduled to attend the 14th world summit of Nobel peace laureates, his representative has said.

Young theologians explore ways of furthering ecumenical formation

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:00

September 23, 2014

Former GETI tutors attend a meeting in Bossey, Switzerland. —Photo by Peter Williams/WCC

World Council of Churches

WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES NEWS

GENEVA

New forms of ecumenical formation, as well as ways of enhancing ecumenical contributions from young people in churches and societies, were discussed by 15 young theologians in a meeting convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Presbytery and synod news

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:00

September 23, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

MINNEAPOLIS ― The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will conduct a teaching elder retreat Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29-30, at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center of Farmington, Minn.

The retreat offers an opportunity for teaching elders to “relax, spend a couple of days away from the church office and get to know your colleagues in ministry,” according to the retreat brochure. The Rev. John Curtis, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Plainview, will facilitate discussions on “Creating a Healthy Congregation.” The retreat brochure can be found at “Teaching Elder Retreat.”

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