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No PNS postings on Thursday, Friday of Holy Week

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:00

Honor Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

April 16, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

In order to observe Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, Presbyterian News Service will not post stories on those two days, April 17 and 18. 

Running the race that is set before us

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:30

To run or to worship, Palestinians claim their right to movement

April 16, 2014

Palestine Marathon international and local runners race along a road obstructed by the separation wall dividing the West Bank city of Bethlehem. —Kate Taber

Presbyterian News Service

Kate Taber

Special to Presbyterian News Service

BETHLEHEM

Roughly 3,200 runners competed in the second annual Palestine Marathon, which took place in the occupied Palestinian city of Bethlehem April 11.

Race organizers aimed to provide Palestinian runners the opportunity to run in their own race as well as to highlight the restrictions placed on Palestinians’ movement within and from the West Bank and Gaza. 

500 global groups push SEC on transparency rules

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:40

Presbyterian Hunger Program partners lend voices to extractives debate

April 16, 2014

LOUISVILLE

Two international partners of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) are among more than 500 civil society organizations from 40 countries urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reissue a rule requiring oil, gas and mining companies to publish what they pay to governments of countries in which they operate.

President Obama mourns Kansas tragedy: ‘We’re all children of God’

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:00

April 16, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON

President Obama on April 14 called for people of all faiths to deter gun violence and anti-Semitism, one day after a gunman killed three people at Jewish centers in suburban Kansas City.

Changing Landscape, Changing Leadership

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:07

Seeking Pastors within the Pan Asian English Ministry

April 15, 2014

Frank Yamada, President of McCormick Theological Seminary, will be the featured speaker at the event

LOUISVILLE

During the 221st General Assembly (2014), pastors within the Pan Asian English ministry are invited to come together for a multi-generational gathering. This event, taking place June 11 and 12, 2014, will focus on the changing landscape and leadership of Pan Asian English ministries.

The church has left the building

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:36

A story from the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study (p. 98)

April 15, 2014

Disciples from Woodside Church clean up during “The Church Has Left the Building.” —Doug Hogland

Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

the Rev. Doug Hoglund

Pastor, Woodside Presbyterian Church, Yardley, Penn.

YARDLEY, Penn.

Don’t go to church. Be the church!” On the first Sunday morning in November, a growing number of congregations in the Delaware Valley cancel their morning worship services. 

사역 장로에 관하여: 재정적 책임

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:23

April 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Conrad Rocha

Louisville

미국 장로교 규례서는 모든 것들이 “그리스도의 뜻에 따라 교회의 평화와 순결과 일치와 발전”에 귀결될 수 있도록 하기 위해, 교회 공의회에서 섬기는 사역 장로들이 “그들 관할권 하에 있는 교회 영역(분야)에서 지도력과 지도와 치리에 대한 책임” 을 진다고 기록하고 있다 G-3.0102). 이러한 책임을 수행하는 과정에서, 사역 장로들은 무엇 보다 교회가 “그리스도 안에서 하나님의 새 창조와… 삼위일체 하나님의 선교를 효과적으로 증거”할 수 있을 정도로 교회의 행정과 선교가 힘을 얻고 강화될 수 있도록 해야 한다 (G-3.0106).

Regarding Ruling Elders: Financial Responsibilities

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:09

April 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Conrad Rocha

Louisville

[Korean] The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) provides that ruling elders serving in a church council have “responsibility for the leadership, guidance, and government of that portion of the church that is under their jurisdiction,” so that all things will result in “the peace, purity, unity, and progress of the church under the will of Christ” (G-3.0102). In pursuit of this charge, ruling elders, among other matters, are to ensure that the administration of the church and its mission are enabled and strengthened such that the church can “give effective witness in the world to God’s new creation in Jesus Christ and … the mission of the triune God” (G-3.0106).

PC(USA) sends condolences, prayers to victims of shootings outside Jewish facilities-Korean

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:56

April 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Associate for Communications

Louisville

미국 장로교는 미주리 주 캔사스 시티 교외의 유대인 커뮤니티 센터와, 노인들이 함께 생활하는 커뮤니티에서 최근에 발생한 총격 사건으로 인해 생명을 잃고 고통 받고 있는 자들에게 깊은 애도의 마음을 전한다.

미국 장로교 사무 총회 정서기 그래디 파슨스 목사는 “우리는 이렇게 무자비한 폭력으로 인해 처참히 생명을 잃은 자들을 위해 비통해 하고 있습니다. 또한 동시에 소중한 목숨을 잃은 자들과 깊은 관련이 있는 가족들과 친구들과 공동체에 우리의 사랑과 지원을 전합니다”라고 말했다.

Worship Times partners with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to build websites for new worshiping communities

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:00

April 15, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Contact: Michael Gyura

970-457-4389 ex. 101

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency has partnered with the website building company Worship Times to create affordable websites for new worshiping communities.

Listening and responding to Earth’s voices

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:00

June 23-29 event at Ghost Ranch explores ‘earth-honoring faith’

April 14, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

What are Earth’s voices saying to us? How do we listen? And how do we respond so as to celebrate life, embrace hope, and work together for Earth care and self-care on an endangered planet?

PC(USA) sends condolences, prayers to victims of shootings outside Jewish facilities

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:33

April 14, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Associate for Communications

Louisville

It is with a heavy heart that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers its condolences for the loss of life and suffering associated with the recent shootings at a Jewish community center and senior living community in a Kansas City, Mo., suburb.

“We grieve for those whose lives were ruthlessly taken in this senseless act of violence,” said the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). “Simultaneously we offer our love and support to the families, friends, and community members who are intertwined with these precious souls.”

Small Church Residency Program changes name, application process

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:00

April 14, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

About five years after its founding, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s small church residency program continues to grow — with a few changes.

Statement affirms PC(USA)’s historic support for the UN - Korean

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:18

April 14, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

[English] [Spanish] 미국 장로교 (PCUSA)와 그 선행 교단들은 우리 인간들 가족 내부에 존재하는 깊은 관계들을 존중하고, 또한 국제 사회의 새로운 정신과 협력을 일깨워야 할 필요성을 오래 동안 인식해 왔다. 그들은 그러한 면에서 유엔이 중대한 역할을 하고 있음을 보아왔다. 제 155차 총회 (1943)는 정의로운 평화에 대한 원칙 성명서를 채택했는데, 이 성명서는 “평화를 보존하고, 국제법을 유지하며, 변화하는 환경들에 적응할 수 있기 위해” 국제 사회가 조직화될 필요성이 있다는 것을 언급했다. 제 156차 총회 (1944)는 국제 조직에 “국가들의 생활에 건설적인 영향력을 행사할 수 있기에 충분한 광범위한 책임을 부여하고…국가들 사이의 관계에서 발생하는 적어도 가장 시급한 이슈들과 비례되는 치료 및 창조적 책임들을 부여해야 한다”는 것에 대해 긍정했다. 그 후에 있었던 후속 총회들은 유엔이 어떤 다른 기관들과 같이 완벽하지 않다는 것을 인정하면서도 유엔에 대한 지원을 거듭 확증했으며, 미국이 그 기관에 깊이 관여하고 참여할 것을 요구하였다.

From Beacon Hill to ‘Bishop Bling,’ clergy housing faces new scrutiny

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:34

April 14, 2014

Religion News Service

David Gibson

WASHINGTON

Bye-bye, “Bishop Bling.” So long, “Pastor Perks.” The so-called “Francis effect” may be real, at least when it comes to clerical housing, and could be coming to a church near you.

An Easter poem from J. Barrie Shepherd

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:00

New work is entitled ‘Easter Essentials’

April 11, 2014

Presbyterian poet J. Barrie Shepherd —PNS file photo

Presbyterian News Service

from Presbyterian News Service

J. Barrie Shepherd

LOUISVILLE

Renowned Presbyterian poet and pastor the Rev. J. Barrie Shepherd has penned a new Easter poem entitled “Easter Essentials.”

Blessed are the peacemakers

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Lithuania (2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 313)

April 11, 2014

The LCC symposium on Ukraine began with a moment of silence for the Maidan victims in Kiev, Ukraine. —Courtesy of Eric and Rebecca Hinderliter

Presbyterian News Service

Eric and Rebecca Hinderliter

Presbyterian World Mission

KLAIPEDA, Lithuania

These are tumultuous times for Ukraine, for the Ukrainian students at LCC International University here where we serve, and indeed for all of us.  The news is dominated by threats and rumors of war; we fear being overtaken by events. 

As teachers, our students look to us for advice and reassurance; they ask us what will happen next.  In their eyes we know they are looking for hope.  But how can we possibly give reassurance in the face of such complex and rapidly changing events?  When the news changes by the hour, what can we offer that will endure?

Anti-Semitic incidents continue to decline in U.S.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00

April 11, 2014

Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe

WASHINGTON

Continuing a decade-long drop, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. declined by 19 percent in 2013, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s most recent annual audit.

Presbytery and synod news

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:03

April 10, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

A compilation of news from mid councils within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Three different Palm Sundays

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:00

A Syrian Christian tells his story

April 9, 2014

Palm Sunday at the Christian Quarter in the old city of Homs 2010. —courtesy of Paul Seebeck

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Author’s name withheld for security reasons

BEIRUT

It was Palm Sunday 2010 in the Christian quarter of Homs, Syria, where thousands of inhabitants gathered in the area square to celebrate the holy event. 

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