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‘A Season of Listening’

2 hours 40 min ago

Calling all young women ages 18 to 30

April 24, 2014

Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/PW

Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/PW

LOUISVILLE

The voices of women between the ages of 18 and 30 are needed by Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women, which will be hosting a special event during the 221st General Assembly (2014) to seek input.

Presbyterians Call for Armenian Genocide Recognition and Commemmoration

9 hours 31 min ago

2015 Marks the 100th Anniversary

April 24, 2014

Jinishian Memorial Program

Cara Taylor

April 24, 2014

On this day 99 years ago, the Ottoman Empire began the massacre of 1.5 million Christian Armenians and expelled one million more from their historic homeland (now Turkey). It was World War I, and the crimes proceeded unabated by other global powers. Consequently, Adolf Hitler once asked, "Who, today, remembers the Armenians?"

Statement from the Moderator about the GA221 Middle East Issues Committee

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:57

April 23, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Associate for Communications

Louisville

The Reverend Neal Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), affirmed his moderator and vice moderator choices for the 14 committees of the 221st General Assembly, emphasizing a nonpartisan, objective selection process.

Educate a child, save the world

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:08

PMA launches initiative to educate 1 million kids by 2020

April 23, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) members today (April 23) heard more about  a stirring new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) initiative to provide quality education to 1 million children worldwide by the year 2020. 

A new Noah

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:00

Congregation plans celebration of its environmental efforts

April 23, 2014

Crosslake (Minn.) Presbyterian Church —Duane Sweep

Presbyterian News Service

Duane Sweep

Special to Presbyterian News Service

CROSSLAKE, Minn.

Caring for the earth is important business at Crosslake Presbyterian Church here.

It’s so important that the Rev. Roger Grussing, pastor emeritus and chair of the congregation’s Energy Stewardship Task Force, can quickly recite five ways the congregation is demonstrating earth stewardship.

The congregation plans to celebrate its earth stewardship with an “Earth Care Fair” Saturday, April 26, followed by the dedication of its solar electricity generating system Sunday, April 27.

Ecumenical consultation urges elimination of human trafficking

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:00

April 23, 2014

Participants in an ecumenical consultation on human trafficking in Colombo. © National Christian Council of Sri Lanka. —WCC photo

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches Communications

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka

A communiqué adopted at a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation describes human trafficking as a “serious human rights violation” and its consequences are “most horrific results of the economic and social disparities that increase the vulnerability of millions of people.”

‘Heaven Is for Real’ … and for everyone in new film

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00

April 23, 2014

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON

Heaven is not only “for real,” it’s pretty much for everyone in the new movie based on the near-death experience visions of a precocious preschooler.

A church without walls (literally)

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:30

A PC(USA) mission letter from Zambia (2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 141)

April 22, 2014

Rev. M'hango discusses conservation farming with Kari Nicewander. —Joel DeJong

Presbyterian News Service

Kari Nicewander and Joel DeJong

World Mission

LUSAKA, Zambia

“This harvest, there will be much food. We will not go hungry. And we have time for other things, too. We do not spend all our time in the fields. We have time to enjoy the life that God has given us.” Her pride was almost tangible, her joy infectious.

J. Herbert Nelson to speak at National Black Presbyterian Caucus GA dinner

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:30

‘A Change is Gonna Come’ is theme of June 16 fete

April 22, 2014

NBPC featured speaker J. Herbert Nelson —PNS file photo

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

A Change is Gonna Come” is the theme of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus dinner at this year’s 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The dinner will be held at the Marriott Hotel near the Detroit’s Cobo Convention Center on Monday, June 16.

WCC member church in Kenya ordains the Rev. Dawn Gikandi

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:23

Woman pastor with physical disabilities breaks African boundaries

April 22, 2014

The Rev. Dawn Gikandi, newly-ordained by the Presbytery of East Africa —Paul Mutitu Maina

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches Communications

NAIROBI

Dawn Karungari Gikandi, a 31-year-old Kenyan, has been ordained as a minister by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA), a member church of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Gikandi is among only a few people who are both women theologians and persons with physical disability who serve the church as an ordained pastor.

Novel set in the Civil War wins First Book Award

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:00

Presbyterian Writers Guild selects Robert John Andrews for prize

April 21, 2014

Nathaniel's Call by Robert John Andrews —Barnes & Noble

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Writers Guild has selected the Rev. Robert John Andrews, a pastor in Danville, Pa., to receive its prestigious Presbyterian Publishing Corporation First Book Award for 2014 for his novel set in the Civil War, Nathaniel’s Call.

‘Interesting times’

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:00

PC(USA) mission worker in Russia reflects on the crisis in Ukraine

April 21, 2014

PC(USA) mission workers Ellen and Alan Smith and their two daughters. —Presbyterian World Mission

Presbyterian News Service

Alan Smith

World Mission

BERLIN

There is supposedly an ancient Chinese curse, may you live in interesting times. I suppose, that for people who value security and predictability, uninteresting times are preferable, if slightly boring. Otherwise, interesting is better. No one with access to world news could possibly argue that these are not interesting  times  for those of us with connections in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Recent events in Ukraine and the subsequent reabsorption of the Crimean peninsula into Russia have made for constant headlines.

He doesn’t just listen to the Sunday sermon; he draws it

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:30

April 21, 2014

Religion News Service

Lily Fowler

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS

On the second Sunday of Lent, John Hendrix sits in one of the pews near the back of Grace and Peace Fellowship, a Presbyterian church with stained glass in green and orange, and a giant, organ pipe front and center. Casually decked in a striped, button-down shirt and jeans, he looks like any other member of the hip and young crowd. With his wife, Andrea, and his two children, Jack, 8, and Annie, 5, Hendrix stands and sings and partakes of gluten-free communion.

But as soon as the sermon starts, Hendrix sets himself apart, whipping out his sketchbook and pens to draw the pastor’s sermon.

Religious leaders release Easter statement to end war on drugs and mass incarceration

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:17

April 20, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Associate for Communications

Louisville

A coalition of Christian leaders that includes the Reverend Robina Winbush of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has released a statement tied to Easter calling for the end of the war on drugs and mass incarceration.

“The ministry of Jesus the Christ was about challenging unjust systems that held individuals and marginalized communities in bondage,” says Winbush, the PC(USA)’s Associate for Ecumenical Relations and President of Churches Uniting In Christ. “He empowered his disciples to touch lives and tear down strongholds of captivity. He commissioned them to care for the most vulnerable in society and give witness to the reign of God marked by justice.”

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. 

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