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If you build it, they will come

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:30

A PC(USA) mission letter from Russia

November 26, 2014

Russian children construct a model of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. —Alan Smith

World Mission

Alan Smith

PC(USA) mission co-worker

BERLIN

Many of us, in looking back at our childhood experiences in Sunday school or vacation Bible school, will remember certain children for whom and explicitly Christian environment was a new and possibly unwelcome experience.

Churches have a special role to play in HIV response

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:00

November 26, 2014

World Council of Churches

GENEVA

In Africa, where up to 40 percent of the health care facilities are provided by faith-based organizations, Dr. Mirfin Mpundu, executive director of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN), says that due to their unique position churches can play a special role in eliminating HIV and AIDS and bringing improvements in the lives of people living with the virus. 

NCC stands in solidarity with those seeking justice in Ferguson - Korean

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:06

November 26, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Ferguson, Mo

NCC 는 퍼거슨에서 정의를 추구하는 사람들과 연대한다

2014년 11월 19일
퍼거슨 총격의 현장이 간이 기념 장소로 변했다—Photo by Toya Richardson Jackson
장로교 총회 사무국

Toya Richards Jackson, 커뮤니케이션 디렉터
미주리 퍼거슨

8월 9일에 마이클 브라운이 총에 맞은 후, 몇 시간 동안 피로 얼룩진 그의 시신이 놓여 있었던 거리로부터 조금 떨어진 곳에서, 지난 화요일에 미국 그리스도 교회 내셔널 협의회 (National Council of Churches of Christ: NCC)가 정의를 위해 부르짖는 사람들과 연대하기 위해 모였다.

NCC는 미주리 퍼거슨에 위치한 Wellspring 교회 안에서 다음과 같이 말했다: “우리는 현재 긴장감이 맴돌고 있는 퍼거슨의 교회들에서 말씀을 전하고, 정의를 추구하고, 목회적 돌봄을 제공하고 있는 목회자들 ...

5 reasons why we want to believe Jesus was married

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:00

November 26, 2014

Religion News Service

David Gibson

WASHINGTON

Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that … Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene!

Advent Calendar of Savings 2014

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:27

November 25, 2014

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff, Associate for Promotions

Louisville

An Advent calendar of savings offered to followers of new PC(USA) Store on Facebook and Twitter One-day sales coincide with the 24 days of Advent

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 24, 2014) — The new PC(USA) Store is offering markdown prices—up to 70 percent off retail price—on select titles and curriculum resources during its Advent Calendar of Savings sales event.

Hope in spite of drought

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Israel- Palestine)

November 25, 2014

The entrance to Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City, the oldest hospital in Gaza and Gaza's only Christian healthcare institution. —Kate Taber

World Mission

Kate Taber

PC(USA) mission co-worker

JERUSALEM

You have seen in the news of the destruction and death that resulted in Gaza after Israel launched Operation Protective Edge: more than 2,100 people killed, including 500 children; 500,000 people displaced; more than 11,000 injured; 15 of 32 hospitals damaged and 6 closed; 133 schools and universities damaged, as well as significant damage to factories, power plants, and water facilities.

WCRC recommits to the Accra Confession

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:34

November 25, 2014

Darío Barolín (center) at the WCRC’s Accra global discussion. —courtesy WCRC

World Communion of Reformed Churches

Phil Tanis

HANNOVER, Germany

A recent global consultation marking the 10th anniversary of the Accra Confession is recommending that the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), its member churches and ecumenical partners should work to address economic and environmental injustices “in a more integrated manner that analyzes and responds to these unjust social, political and economic realities.”

PC(USA) Stated Clerk responds to Ferguson grand jury decision

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:44

November 24, 2014

—Photo by Toya Richards Jackson

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Today the community justice system of Ferguson, Missouri, told the parents of Michael Brown that his killing was justified. We grieve with the family and community about the decision, and encourage support for their continued quest for justice.

Introducing the new PC(USA) Store

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:59

A new, comprehensive, online store for Presbyterians is now live

November 24, 2014

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff, Associate for Promotions

Louisville

Shopping for books, curricula, downloadable resources, and the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, just became easier with the new PC(USA) Store—a seamless, one-stop web-shopping site featuring books and resources from Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP) and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC).

Sudan partner church asks for prayer, support after attack on pastor’s home

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:49

November 24, 2014

Members of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church pray for an end to attacks of church property. —courtesy Debbie Braaksma

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

In the wake of an attack by the Sudanese government last week, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partner church in the capital city of Khartoum is asking for prayers and solidarity.

A call to prayer for the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:32

From Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly, and Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency

November 24, 2014

Presbyterian Mission Agency

LOUISVILLE

We call Presbyterians to stand with our partners in the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in deep concern and prayer for their people and for their property. Our partners report that the government of Sudan has destroyed the house of the pastor of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Khartoum North. They note that church members thwarted efforts to destroy the pastor’s office.

Religion survey babble confuses 103% of readers. Here’s why.

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 07:00

November 24, 2014

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON

Reading religion surveys can seem like confronting the Tower of Babel: stacked questions, confusing terms, unscientific methodology.

Retirement

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:08

Concluding PNS service after 26+ years

November 21, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

At age 68 and with more than 26 years under my belt with the Presbyterian News Service, I have announced my retirement as coordinator and editor, effective Dec. 5, 2014. And so concludes more than 43 years of ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Dones

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:00

Research: growing number of most active church members are leaving

November 21, 2014

Group Publishing

LOVELAND, Colo.

Some of the American church’s most faithful and active members are becoming the quickest to permanently walk out the doors, according to new research.

Jerusalem’s Temple Mount: A launching pad for holy wars?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:02

November 21, 2014

Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe

WASHINGTON

Vicious cycles of violence often begin here. It is the holiest site in the world for Jews, the third holiest for Muslims — a place where millions of people have prayed for a millennia. Yet, often, it is a launching pad for deadly attacks and counterattacks.

Long Island Presbyterians: Our Puritan beginnings

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00

November 20, 2014

Donated food is blessed before being distributed. Sunday school children dressed as Puritans look on ― circa 1950. —courtesy Presbyterian Historical Society

Presbyterian Historical Society

David Koch

Before we give thanks for our many blessings this Thanksgiving season, let us set the record straight about one aspect of the Pilgrim story. 

Merri Alexander takes role of senior director for strategic partnership development for Montreat

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:00

November 20, 2014

the Rev. Merri Alexander

Montreat Conference Center Communications

Lauren Mathews

MONTREAT, N.C.

Montreat Conference Center has announced that the Rev. Merri Alexander will serve as its senior director for strategic partnership development.

 

Seminary news

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:00

November 20, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

A compilation of news from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related seminaries.

NCC stands in solidarity with those seeking justice in Ferguson

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:37

November 19, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Ferguson, Mo

Just a short distance from where Michael Brown’s bloody body lay in the streets for hours after being gunned down on August 9, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) gathered Tuesday to stand in solidarity with those crying out for justice.

“We are in partnership with pastors and congregations who are preaching, seeking justice, and providing pastoral care in Ferguson’s churches in the midst of the current tensions,” the NCC said from inside Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Mo. “It is our hope that the city and its citizens, churches, law enforcement officials, justice-seekers, and media will all be shepherded by the teaching of Jesus to love God and to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Stated Clerk denounces synagogue attack - Korean

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:28

November 19, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

미국 장로교 정서기가 유대인 회당을 공격한 것에 대해 비난하다

우리는 2014년 11월 18일에 팔레스타인 테러리스트들이 예루살렘의 정통 유대인들이 사는 Harnof의 회당에서 예배하는 자들을 잔인하게 공격한 것에 대해 가능한 한 가장 강력한 방식으로 규탄한다. 예배를 위해 모인 사람들 중 네 명의 죽음을 포함하여, 그 공격으로 인한 피해는 이미 거룩한 도시를 애태우고 있는 위험스러운 긴장감을 고조시키고, 이스라엘과 팔레스타인 사이의 평화 문제를 평화스럽게 해결하려는 전망을 더욱 멀어지게 하는 터무니없는 짓이다.

우리는 팔레스타인 대통령 Mahmoud Abbas가 그러한 살인적 행위들을 즉각적으로 비난한 것에 대해 찬사를 보낸다: “대통령은 자신들의 기도의 자리에서 예배하는 유대인들을 공격한 것을 비난하며, 그 일을 누가 행했든지 시민들을 살해한 것을 규탄한다.”

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