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PC(USA) study team seeks input on two state solution for Israel/Palestine

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:32

Diverse viewpoints requested to form basis of report to General Assembly

September 1, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

A study team of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP), appointed last year to study the "two state solution" to the Israel/Palestine conflict, is welcoming written comments or statements on the feasibility and nature various concepts of statehood and the rights, values and characteristics attached to those concepts.

Go all in - Korean

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:27

September 1, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

“마음(heart)을 교육시키지 않고
지성(mind)을 교육시키려는 것은 전혀 교육이 아니다”-아리스토텔레스                                                                     

최선을 다하라 (Go all in)

올 해에 우리 가족에서는 세대 교체가 일어나고 있다. 내 아내 캐티는 33년 만에 처음으로 학교에서 가르치는 일을 하지 않고 있다. 우리 손자 딜런은 유아원에 다니기 시작했다. 그래서 올 가을에는 적어도 우리 가족 식구들 중 누군가는 학교에 다닐 것이다.

내가 처음 다녔던 학교는 Mrs. Williams의 유치원이었다. 내가 지금도 기억하는 것은 그녀가 나에게 내 이름의 철자를 쓸 수 있도록 가르치면서 매우 애를 먹었다는 것이다. 그녀는 내가 꼭 Gradye라고 써야한다고 주장했고, 나는 Roy라고 써도 된다고 주장했다. 왜냐하면 그 당시에 내가 들고 다녔던 점심 도시락 ...

PC(USA) youth workers going ‘To The Hills’

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:48

National gathering includes 10-year anniversary celebration

September 1, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Youth Workers Association (PYWA) is preparing to celebrate its 10-year anniversary by going “To The Hills.” The national gathering of youth ministry leaders will be held at Zephyr Point Conference Center, which sits on the shores of Lake Tahoe, Oct. 12-16, 2016. 

Seven college-aged women receive Presbyterian Mission Agency education grants

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 08:00

Ministries partner to help young women discover their voices as leaders in the church

September 1, 2015

Breana Farrell.

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Seven college women—including a pair of sisters—have each been selected to receive a $1,000 supplemental award through the office of Financial Aid for Service. The supplemental grants were awarded on the basis of the students’ responses to two questions proposed by the award’s co-sponsor, Women’s Leadership Development & Young Women’s Ministries.

Con respecto a los ancianos y las ancianas gobernantes: procedimiento parlamentario

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:06

August 31, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Therese Howell

Louisville

Henry Martin Robert (1837–1923) fue un ingeniero retirado donde trabajo en las fuerzas armadas de los EE.UU. como brigadier general. Inesperadamente, le pidieron al Gen. Robert presidir una reunión. No sabía cómo, pero le pareció que sería peor si rechazaba el encargo. La reunión duro catorce horas y Robert dijo: «estaba sumamente avergonzado. 

Helping Sri Lanka heal from the inside out

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:41

Visiting peacemaker seeks to improve human rights in troubled region

August 31, 2015

Saman Perera. —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Within a few weeks, 10 international peacemakers from around the world will be in the U.S. speaking with Presbyterian congregations about life and the church in their countries. While some will share words of encouragement, others will have stories of despair and struggle as the church seeks to meet the spiritual needs of its members.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium opens application for volunteer leaders

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:21

Over 100 adult volunteers needed to staff event

August 31, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The 2016 Youth Triennium of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Cumberland Presbyterian Church has issued the call for small group leaders, community life volunteers and other key leaders. Position descriptions and applications seeking over 100 adult volunteers with facilitation skill, enjoyment of young people, and a passion for mission are available online.

California camp employs creation as backdrop for lifelong faith formation

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:47

Mile-high ministry shifts from ‘conversion night’ to discipleship, stewardship

August 31, 2015

Campers at Calvin Crest participate in the ‘Sherwood Forest’ camp experience. —Photo courtesy Calvin Crest

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

Calvin Crest Executive Director Tony Biasell remembers his dark night of the soul. It was the turning point for what once was the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.)’s second largest summer camp.

PC(USA) relief agency stays the course in New Orleans a decade after Hurricane Katrina

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 14:32

Project Homecoming celebrates progress, looks to meet new needs

August 28, 2015

An aerial view of New Orleans showing extensive flooding from the levee breaches. —Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

NEW ORLEANS

The numbers surrounding Hurricane Katrina are staggering, almost unimaginable. The Aug. 28, 2005 hurricane is responsible for 1,833 deaths. More than half of the people who died in Louisiana were 65-years-old and over. Forty percent of them drowned. More than 134,000 homes in New Orleans—70 percent of occupied units—were damaged or destroyed. Total damages are estimated at $135 billion. More than a million people were displaced from their Gulf Coast homes, over 250,000 from New Orleans alone—half the city’s population.

Ministers urge Montreat crowd to re-connect with King’s dream

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:59

Three-day conference concludes with charge to reach higher ground

August 28, 2015

The Rev. Dr. William Barber II —Joseph Williams

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

MONTREAT, N.C.

For three days in the mountains of North Carolina, nearly 1,000 Presbyterians and members of other denominations reflected on the historic 1965 appearance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Montreat Conference Center. In fact as many as a dozen attendees were present 50 years ago when King preached in Anderson Auditorium.

A commitment to ‘community first, ministry next’

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:29

Fellowship Community National Gathering calls participants to transformational change

August 28, 2015

Rob Weingartner, executive director of the Outreach Foundation (left) speaks with Davidson Chifungo, Nkoma Synod, CCAP, and other attendees following his missional focus group. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

SAN DIEGO

If the Fellowship Community (TFC)—the result of a 2014 merger of the former Fellowship of Presbyterians and Presbyterians for Renewal—has committed itself to “intentionally building a culture that is community first and ministry next,” then its first National Gathering, held here Aug. 18-20, was the quintessential incarnation of one of this movement’s key goals.

Gradye Parsons says ‘It’s been a privilege for me to serve’

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:11

PC(USA) stated clerk won’t stand for a third term

August 28, 2015

The Rev. Gradye Parsons —Gregg Brekke

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, announced Tuesday that he would not stand for election to a third four-year term as the highest elected officer of the church.

PC(USA) leaders join other Christian groups in support of Iran nuclear agreement

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 13:59

More than 50 leaders sign letter urging Congress to back the deal

August 27, 2015

The ministers of foreign affairs of France, Germany, the European Union, Iran, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as Chinese and Russian diplomats announcing the framework for a Comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program (Lausanne, April 2, 2015). —Photo courtesy U.S. Department of State

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

A growing number of Christian organizations are coming forward in support of the recent nuclear agreement with Iran, which was negotiated by China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. Christian leaders are urging members of Congress to support it when it comes up for a vote in the coming weeks.

PC (USA) Environmental Ministries program supports World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:58

Christians join to recognize God as ‘creator, redeemer and sustainer’ of all creation

August 27, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rebecca Barnes and Scott O’Neill

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministries invites congregations to join ecumenical partners around the world in recognizing and supporting Sept. 1, 2015, and subsequent September firsts, as a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. 

Author and counselor Debra Hirsch speaks on ‘Redeeming Sex’

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:15

Fellowship Community National Gathering asked to risk a ‘macro conversation’ on human sexuality

August 27, 2015

Debra Hirsch. —YouTube

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

SAN DIEGO

With the provocative statement, “Imagine if heaven was like one endless orgasm,” Debra Hirsch opened her morning presentation to the National Gathering of The Fellowship Community, held Aug. 18-20 at the First Presbyterian Church, San Diego. A church leader, author, and trained counselor, who has worked in the field of sexuality for over 25 years, Hirsch also uses the line to open her new book, Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality.

Middle East partnerships essential to understanding, change

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 04:00

PC(USA) workers find hope in stories and the church following Jesus’ example

August 27, 2015

Elmarie and Scott Parker (left and right of podium) and Amgad Beblawi (far right) worship together in Bagdad. —Photo courtesy National Evangelical Protestant Church

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

Though life for Christian workers in the Middle East is a somewhat complicated affair, the Rev. Scott Parker believes their presence in the region is essential and respected. “Christians, and specifically Presbyterians, were part of the people who brought hospitals and universities into the Middle East,” he says. “The work is highly regarded by most people.”

Presbyterian mission co-workers cautiously optimistic about South Sudan peace agreement

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:01

Agreement signed after 20 months of violence

August 26, 2015

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. —Jenny Rockett - jenny.rockett@journalist.com

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

Presbyterians close to the conflict in South Sudan are praying the peace agreement signed today by President Salva Kiir will bring about lasting peace. The agreement was signed Wednesday around 5 p.m. EAT (eastern Africa time) in front of a group of regional African leaders in Juba. Kiir’s rival, Riek Machar, signed the agreement a week ago in Ethiopia, but Kiir refused to sign saying he needed more time to review it.

News from PC(USA) Mid-Councils

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:45

A summary of Synod and Presbytery news and events submitted to PNS

August 26, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

A summary of Synod and Presbytery news and events submitted to Presbyterian News Service.

Company of New Pastors announces two conversations in September

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:06

Darrell Guder and Leanne Van Dyk to speak on Pastoral Vocation

August 26, 2015

The Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk. —Photo courtesy Columbia Theological Seminary

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Two of the most distinguished scholars in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be sharing their wisdom on pastoral vocation as part of the Company of New Pastors’ (CNP) Pastoral Conversations series.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis tells crowd at Montreat to speak up and speak out

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:24

Civil rights pioneer captivates crowd of 1,000 at conference

August 26, 2015

U.S. Rep. John Lewis takes questions from Paul Roberts, president of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and moderator of the Q & A session during his appearance at Anderson Auditorium in Montreat. —Joseph Williams

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

MONTREAT, N.C.

Nearly 1,000 people gathered on a rainy Saturday evening inside Anderson Auditorium at the Montreat (N.C.) Conference Center to hear from one of the leading civil rights activists in the nation. Congressman John R. Lewis shared stories of how he met Martin Luther King, Jr. and got involved in the civil rights movement in the early 1960’s.

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