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PC(USA) calls on Indonesian government to halt execution of Mary Jane Veloso

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:45

Last minute appeal pleads clemency for Filipino victim of human trafficking

April 26, 2015

Mary Jane Veloso at her trial in Indonesia.

Presbyterian News Service

Tammy Warren

Louisville

Mary Jane Veloso, a 30-year-old Filipino woman convicted of alleged drug trafficking, has been transferred to a detention center on Indonesia’s Nusakambangan Island, where she awaits execution by firing squad pending an appeal process.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board affirms Purdue as location for 2016 Youth Triennium

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:25

Some concerns regarding Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act abated, others remain

April 24, 2015

Youth perform on the stage of the 2010 Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University.

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Louisville

At its spring meeting held April 8-10, 2015, in Louisville, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board approved the following statement regarding Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as it relates to holding the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Fighting mass incarceration and systems of exploitation

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:00

Social justice panel shares insights on wealth and victimization

April 24, 2015

Panel discussion on the churches' response to systems of exploitation, moderated by David Schilling (far right) with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Washington, D.C.

The 13th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days gathering in Washington, D.C., recently brought together more than 1,000 members of the Christian community, including 200 Presbyterians, to tackle some of the most challenging social justice issues facing churches today. Attendees looked at human exploitation, corporate greed, prison privatization, racial injustice and more. While the various forms of exploitation vary, the consensus from attendees was the same: the world needs to change.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) representatives commemorate tragedy in Bangladesh

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:00

Two-year anniversary of garment factory collapse still leaves thousands in need

April 24, 2015

Family members of those lost two years ago gathered today at the site of the Rana Plaza collapse to honor their memories and demand work with dignity in the future. —Jessica Maudlin

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Louisville

Representatives of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) are joining an international delegation in Bangladesh today to commemorate the two year anniversary of a factory collapse that left more than 1,100 people dead and 2,500 injured. Jessica Maudlin, associate with PHP’s Enough for Everyone ministry, and Bryce Wiebe, manager for the Office of Special Offerings were invited by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), a PHP partner.

On eve of anniversary, Turkey’s ‘cultural genocide’ of Armenian history is ongoing

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 21:00

April 23, 2015

The Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island, Lake Van in Turkey. —Religion News Service photo by Tania Karas

Religion News Service

Tania Karas

Yukari Bakracli, Turkey

This tiny Kurdish village outside the city of Van in Turkey’s southeast is home to the ruins of a once-famous 11th-century Armenian Christian monastery. Known to Armenians as Varagavank, it thrived as a place of worship until Turkish forces looted it and murdered parishioners in the mass killing sprees of 1915.

Closed church continues ministry of relationship, caring following tragedy

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:29

Carbon monoxide poisoning claims eight victims with ties to Presbyterian congregation

April 23, 2015

Rodney Todd and his children. —Photo provided by family

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Louisville

When Crossroads International Fellowship Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Princess Anne, Md., closed its doors March 1, 2015, the loss was felt by the congregation and neighborhood. The storefront church had spent many years ministering to peoples' need in what its pastor, the Rev. Donna Bowers, calls “the poorest county in all of Maryland.” Yet, it hadn't reached a level of financial sustainability that would allow the congregation to continue.

Confession of Belhar approved by presbyteries

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:17

April 23, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted through its presbyteries to add the Confession of Belhar to The Book of Confessions. The final step will be a vote at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) meeting June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon. View a video message from the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, which also is available in Spanish:[Español] and Korean[한국어]. Share those videos, as well as other Belhar resources available at pcusa.org/belhar.

Rhashell Hunter receives life membership award from Presbyterian Women

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 08:00

Award celebrates commitment to mission and leadership development

April 23, 2015

The Rev. Rhashell Hunter, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)'s Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries.

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

Louisville

The Rev. Rhashell Hunter, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)'s Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, was honored with the Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership Award during the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board meeting in Louisville last week.

Con respecto a las ancianos y los ancianos gobernantes: Los/as ancianos/as gobernantes y el presbiterio

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:12

April 23, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Sally Hinchman

Louisville

«El presbiterio es el concilio que sirve como una expresión corporativa de la iglesia que consiste de todas las iglesias y los/as ancianos/as docentes dentro de ese distrito.… El presbiterio es responsable por la misión y el gobierno de la iglesia en todo su distrito geográfico, y de ayudar y apoyar el testimonio de las iglesias

Office of Theology and Worship introduces Directory for Worship study guide

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:00

'From the Sanctuary to the Street' designed to help Presbyterians engage proposed revision to PC(USA) constitution

April 23, 2015

Orange Praise Ensemble. —Courtesy of New Hope Presbyterian Church, Orange, Cal.

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Louisville

As the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) engages in a yearlong, churchwide season of study on the proposed revisions to the Directory for Worship, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Theology and Worship has provided a resource to encourage reflection and comment on this document.

New PC(USA) denominational children’s curriculum includes children with disabilities and special needs

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 04:00

Growing in Grace & Gratitude offers support for leaders, congregations

April 23, 2015

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff

Associate for Promotions

Louisville

The new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum, Growing in Grace & Gratitude, supports an environment that helps children of all abilities experience God’s grace.

GA committee reviewing the Presbyterian Mission Agency performs considerable work, anticipates more to do

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:58

April 22, 2015

News Release

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly committee tasked with reviewing the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) has made considerable progress on its assignment, but anticipates more work before being ready to release a final report.

“Given the nature of the task and the timing of other pending PMA board decisions, the committee anticipates it will need an additional meeting to complete the assigned work,” said Eliana Maxim, chair of the review committee and associate executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Seattle. “Also, a PMA board motion naming the review committee passed during the board’s last meeting may expand the scope of the committee’s work.”

PC(USA) Office of Public Witness joins striking federal contract workers to protest low wages

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:48

Rev. J. Herbert Nelson and workers urge president to 'Fight for $15'

April 22, 2015

Rev. J. Herbert Nelson speaks at a news conference with striking federal contract workers in Washington, urging the president to raise wages to $15 an hour. —Leslie Woods

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones and Leslie Woods

Washington, D.C.

The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, director of public witness for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Washington Office, and other religious leaders joined striking U.S. Senate contract janitors and food service workers to urge President Obama to support efforts to raise wages. Hundreds walked off their jobs to protest low wages and benefits. They’ve joined striking workers from the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian Institution and other federal landmarks where private companies receive lucrative contracts to run food, janitorial and other services.

Rule change opens the way for Co-Moderators of the General Assembly - Korean

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:15

April 22, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

정관 변경이 미국 장로교에서 공동 총회장 (Co-Moderators)이 선출될 수 있는 길을 열어놓다

에바 스팀슨, 장로교 총회 사무국 연락 담당자

어떤 교회들은 동사 목사 (co-pastors)들을 두고 있다. 노회는 공동 노회장 (co-moderators)을 선출할 수 있다. 그렇다면 총회에는 왜 공동 총회장이 있어서는 안되는가?

이제는 제 221차 총회 (2014)에 의해 내려진 조치(Minutes, 2014, Part I, Item 03-04, Recommendation 8, pp. 12, 21, 184)로 인해 처음으로 그 가능성이 열려졌다. 총대들은 총회 정관의 변경을 승인하여 두 사람이 공동 총회장으로 선출되어 팀으로 함께 섬길 수 있게 하였다.

두 후보자는 총대들이어야 한다. 두 사람은 서로 다른 노회에 속해도 되고 혹은 같은 노회에 ...

Earth Day: Celebrating service to the environment

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 04:00

Earth Care Congregations growth continues tradition of creation stewardship

April 22, 2015

Presbyterians have a long history of caring for creation and celebrating Earth Day. —Rachel Davis, Flagstaff Federated Church

Presbyterian News Service

Scott O’Neill

Louisville

Observing its 45th anniversary today, Earth Day has been the catalyst for a number of environmental regulations and laws over the life of its existence. Thanks to the voices of neighbors, activists and lawmakers committed to environmental oversight, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act–to name a few–went into effect a mere decade after Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisc., (1916-2005) and about 20 million fellow Americans gathered for the first celebration in 1970.

From 'making good church people' to 'becoming good disciples'

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:34

Church sells building to make way for affordable housing, new worshiping community

April 21, 2015

Arlington Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia. The building has been sold to an affordable housing developer for $8.4 million. —Susan Etherton

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

Louisville

Arlington Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia is a mile from the Pentagon. The average per capita income is $100,000. Families of four making $60,000 a year— teachers, firefighters, medical personal staff, the lifeblood of the community—are being forced out of their own neighborhood by high and rising rents.

Preparing for Big Tent 2015: A conference. A homecoming. A wedding?

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:45

New format unites 'conference of conferences' in missional focus

April 21, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Louisville

Thomas D. Hay, directory of assembly operations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly, is inviting Big Tent 2015 participants to think of the gathering in a new way.

Leanne Van Dyk named as president of Columbia Theological Seminary

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:53

April 20, 2015

Leanne Van Dyk —Columbia Theological Seminary

News Release

Michael K. Thompson, Columbia Theological Seminary

Decatur, GA

The Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), voted unanimously on April 14, 2015, to appoint Leanne Van Dyk as the school’s tenth president. She is currently the Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich. Van Dyk’s appointment is effective July 1, 2015.

Pillars of the Church program fosters commitment to peace and justice ministries

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:18

New program aims to build sustainable community of donors

April 20, 2015

Representatives from the first Presbyteries to become 'Pillars of the Church' posing with J. Herbert Nelson, director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Washington, D.C.

In a world of change and uncertainty, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is growing a loyal group of supporters to keep its peace and justice ministries thriving. Church leaders announced a new program called “Pillars of the Church” at Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day in Washington, D.C.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board briefed on Educate a Child initiative

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:52

U.S. component of the campaign launches at board meeting and in Washington, D.C., this week

April 17, 2015

Back row: Ciara Lewis and Stewart O. Ray Jr. Front Row: Iam Plaitez, Edwin Muldonado, Daniella Plaitez —Ted Foster

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Louisville

This week the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board heard about the official launch of the national component of the “Educate a Child, Transform the World” campaign aimed at bringing quality education to one million children in the U.S. and around the world by 2020. The international component was launched in 2014 at the 221st General Assembly.

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