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Statement issued by PC(USA) denouncing attacks in Mosul

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:43

July 21, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

It is with great sadness and deep concern that we join our voice with the voice of the church in Iraq to cry out against the terrible attack being waged against Christians, Shiite Muslims, and other religious minorities in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul. We condemn all actions seeking to discriminate between indigenous residents and citizens of Iraq based on religion or sect, and actions that threaten the safety and human dignity of innocents seeking to live out their Christian or Muslim faith in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere in the region.

A holy and wholly different experience

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:00

Atlanta church emphasizes community, creativity

July 21, 2014

The Rev. Maggie Leonard sees baptismal water as “a delicious drop of grace on our skin.” —Rob Wolf

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Parrish Jones

ATLANTA

Being at Mercy Community Church is like entering into baptism as one finds oneself immersed in a holy and wholly different experience — homeless people eat breakfast, serving each other, anxious to share about all that is being done in the community. Instead of the housed serving the homeless, one finds the homeless serving each other and the housed. Following breakfast, the participants immerse themselves in fellowship, worship and the Word.

The journey to Symon’s place

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Bangladesh

July 21, 2014

Mission co-worker Les Morgan ministers to 6-year-old Symon in Dhaka, Bangladesh. —courtesy Les Morgan

Presbyterian World Mission

Les Morgan

PC(USA) mission co-worker

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Getting to Symon’s place is not easy. First you have to climb up on the back of a bicycle rickshaw and let the rickshawallah take you through some crowded streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and down to the Buriganga River on the south end of the city.

ACSWP seeks people to serve on study teams authorized by 221st General Assembly

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:00

Volunteers needed to serve on five committees, reports due to 222nd Assembly (2016)

July 21, 2014

Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

LOUISVILLE

Following actions of this summer’s 221st General Assembly, the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) is seeking nominations from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of people to serve on study task forces. The studies below were authorized in response to overtures.

Moving churches to discuss the morality of climate change

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:00

July 21, 2014

USA Today

Gregg Zoroya

distributed by Religion News Service

WASHINGTON

Rabbi Moti Rieber travels the politically red state of Kansas armed with the book of Genesis, a psalm and even the words of Jesus to lecture church audiences, or sermonize if they’ll let him, about the threat of global warming.

PC(USA) leaders offer prayer for use this Sunday

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:24

July 18, 2014

Louisville

Grace and peace to you. As we gather together in worship around the world this Sunday, we encourage you to lift up the following prayer for all of God’s people. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Ruling Elder Heath K. Rada, Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014)
Ruling Elder Linda Bryant Valentine, Executive Director, Presbyterian Mission Agency

God of light we praise you for the wonder and glory of this world and the many blessings we have received. Still, at times the darkness is like a night and ...

Walled history

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:00

The story behind the tombstones at the Presbyterian Historical Society

July 18, 2014

Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church cemetery and north wall of the Presbyterian Historical Society, 2014. —Presbyterian Historical Society

Presbyterian Historical Society

David Koch

PHILADELPHIA

The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia holds a special place in the history of the faith.

Spare time to serve

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:00

Large retired population reaches out to community in Texas

July 18, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Toni Montgomery

STATESVILLE, N.C.

Coastal communities often attract retired residents or winter visitors with plenty of spare time. Rockport, Texas, is no different. But there, community members are using their time to serve others.

Global Institute of Theology gathers in Costa Rica

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:54

Reformed academics, students study transformation

July 18, 2014

World Communion of Reformed Churches

Phil Tanis

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica

More than 30 students, faculty and staff from around the world were welcomed here July 6 for the 2014 Global Institute of Theology (GIT).

Move over, smiley face: New religious emojis on the way

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00

July 18, 2014

Religion News Service

Heather Adams

WASHINGTON

In addition to smiley faces, high heels and frogs, Unicode is rolling out a new batch of 250 emojis, among them a set of religious icons.

Immigration European style

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:00

PC(USA) mission workers in Berlin help Farsi-speakers navigate Germany’s system

July 17, 2014

PC(USA) mission co-worker Sadegh Sepheri

Presbyterian World Mission

Alan Smith

PC(USA) mission worker

BERLIN

At the Iranian Presbyterian Fellowship in the Berlin district of Neukölln, pastor Sadegh Sepheri and social worker Aziz Sadaghiani ― both Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-workers ― provide spiritual and practical assistance to Farsi-speaking immigrants. Sadegh leads Sunday services and Bible studies in Farsi, both for long-time Christians and for recent converts.

WCC urges Christian responsibility in economic measures related to Israel-Palestine conflict

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:00

July 17, 2014

World Council of Churches

GENEVA

Continuing with a long-time commitment of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a recent statement issued by Council’s chief governing body reaffirms churches’ “solidarity with those working for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.” The statement encourages churches to make responsible decisions regarding their investments which have an impact on the current situation in the region. 

The person behind the papers

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:00

ACSWP pauses during General Assembly to thank Bonnie Hoff

July 17, 2014

Members and friends of ACSWP gathered to say thank you to Bonnie Hoff, who worked for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for almost 21 years as ACSWP’s administrative assistant. —courtesy of ACSWP

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

DETROIT

Midway through the June 14-21 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly here, about 30 people gathered for an emotional dinner in one of the convention center’s back rooms. 

Presbyterian playwright addresses patriarchy at seminary

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:00

Play to open in Minnesota in February

July 16, 2014

Kristine Holmgren —courtesy of Kristine Holmgren

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Toni Montgomery

STATESVILLE, N.C.

What kind of person does it take to blaze a trail for those coming behind them?

In God Girl, a play by the Rev. Kristine Holmgren, the author tells her own story of doing just that when she attended Princeton Theological Seminary in the 1970s. 

More than a meal

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:00

A story from the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study (p. 204)

July 16, 2014

Chili Saturday at Grace Presbyterian Church. —Audrey Toombs

Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

Lucy Cummings

Associate executive presbyter, Presbytery of the Mid-South

DYERSBURG, Tenn.

We might be a small church, but we can do something!” said Audrey Toombs of Grace Presbyterian Church here.

WCC announces interfaith summit on climate change

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:00

Religious leaders to encourage international, political leaders to take action at September meeting

July 16, 2014

World Council of Churches

GENEVA

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will hold an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change Sept. 21-22 in New York City. At the summit, organized together with Religions for Peace, more than 30 religious leaders will take a united stand to encourage international and political leaders to concretely address the causes and consequences of climate change.

Stated Clerk issues statement on Gaza crisis

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:15

July 16, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Christians, Jews, and Muslims are all commanded by God to love God and our neighbor with our whole lives. Yet in the cradle of all three of these faiths, The death toll continues to rise.  Palestinian and Israeli fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children weep for those dear to them. This particular chain of events, another tragic evidence of the impact of the illegal Israeli occupation, began with the unjustifiable murder of three Israeli youth by Palestinians, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel.  The Israeli Military unjustifiably killed five Palestinians in pursuit of their ...

Church of England approves women bishops in historic vote

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:14

July 16, 2014

Religion News Service

Trevor Grundy and Fredrick Nzwili

CANTERBURY, England

After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, on July 14 the General Synod of the Church of England said “yes” to women bishops.

The beginning of a dialogue - Korean

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:25

July 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Heath Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church USA

히쓰 K. 레이다 (Heath K. Rada)

제 221차 미국 장로교 총회가 8일 동안의 심의와 예배와 투표를 한 후 6월 21일에 폐회했고, 많은 결정들이 내려졌습니다. 보통 이것은 질문들에 대해 대답이 주어졌다는 것을 의미합니다. 하지만, 개혁되고 있는 교회에서, 그러한 결정들은 단지 오늘날 우리 교단이 직면하고 있는 이슈들의 일부를 눈에 띄게 하도록 도와주었을 뿐이라는 것을 발견하게 됩니다. 물론 우리는 많은 문제들과 관련하여 무엇을 해야할지에 대한 방향들을 잡았습니다. 하지만 많은 질문들이 풀리는 대신에 오히려 많은 질문들이 제기되었습니다.

나는 하고 싶은 질문들을 갖고 있으며, 여러분들 중 많은 분들도 그렇다는 것을 표현하였습니다. 내가 2년 임기의 총회장직을 맡으면서 지난 여러 주들에 걸쳐 받은 몇몇 질문들을 여러분과 나누기 ...

Board of Pensions welcomes new president, Frank Spencer

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:00

Affiliated Benefits Plan dues to rise 3%; investments return 4.1% YTD

July 15, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

Susan Reimann, Board of Pensions

LOUISVILLE

A new chapter in the life of the Board of Pensions (BOP) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) began in Philadelphia last week as the board welcomed its new president ― Frank C. Spencer ― and 10 new board members.

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