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Presbyterian Publishing Corporation soliciting applications for leadership development opportunity for racial/ethnic seminarians

10 hours 51 min ago

March 5, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation

LOUISVILLE

The Robert W. Bohl Racial/Ethnic Leadership Program provides a seminarian the opportunity to explore publishing as a ministry by serving for ten weeks in the summer at the office of Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC).  

Presbyterian Association of Musicians Announces Internship Grant Recipients

12 hours 51 min ago

March 5, 2015

Presbyterian Association of Musicians

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Association of Musicians announced today the recipients of its first PAM Internship Grants for Churches. 

The long, hard battle against human trafficking

15 hours 51 min ago

Presbyterians to get an update in D.C.

March 5, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

WASHINGTON, DC

It has been called modern-day slavery and has not only deprived people of their human rights, but is increasing health risks and fueling the growth of organized crime, according to church leaders. One of the issues to take center stage at the upcoming CPJ/ Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference in April will be human trafficking.

Engage deepens understanding of the gospel

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:00

Encourages church leaders to build relationships beyond church

March 4, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

At a recent speaking engagement at the Presbyterian Mission Agency, evangelism coordinator Ray Jones asked a group of church leaders what their hearts were breaking over in their communities.

Historian and theologian tapped to lead Presbyterian Historical Society

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:51

March 4, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Philadelphia

The Reverend Beth Hessel has been named the new executive director of the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) and director for church records and history for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

“Beth Hessel brings a wonderful combination of a historian and a theologian,” said the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA). “She has an engaging enthusiasm that helps people hear what God has done in our past and what God is calling us to in our future.”

Hessel will be responsible for all operations and programs of the Presbyterian Historical Society, which is based in Philadelphia and tasked with collecting, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the story of American Presbyterianism with mid councils, congregations, and individuals. PHS functions within the PC(USA)’s Office of the General Assembly, led by the Stated Clerk.

Stated Clerk Writes Letter Opposing the Protection of Children Act and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:24

March 4, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

Louisville

Today (March 4), the House Judiciary Committee is holding a mark-up session on two bills that, if passed, would take away crucial protections to unaccompanied children arriving in the United States. The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), wrote this letter to the House in opposition of these dangerous bills.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox women make uphill battle for parliament

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:00

March 4, 2015

Religion News Service

Michele Chabin

USA Today

JERUSALEM

Israel’s first political party created by ultra-Orthodox Jewish women is running a novel campaign for parliament: no media ads or endorsements by key rabbinical authorities, just word-of-mouth recommendations and faith.

Who’s watching all that Christian media? Christians, but not many others

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00

March 3, 2015

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

All the preaching, teaching, music and entertainment beamed by Christian TV and radio is primarily consumed by evangelicals and weekly churchgoers — the folks most often found in the pews. Meanwhile, 2 in 3 Americans are tuned out, a new survey finds.

Pamela Cooper-White to Join Faculty of Union Theological Seminary

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00

March 3, 2015

Columbia Theological Seminary

Michael K. Thompson

Director of Communications

DECATUR, GA

Pamela Cooper-White will join the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City on July 1 as Professor of Psychology and Religion.

From competition to compassion, a university president leads the way

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:00

March 3, 2015

Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., poses with a replica of the rowboat she used in 1999 to become the first woman to row alone across the Atlantic Ocean. She had just spoken to fellow presidents of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universiti —Adelle M. Banks

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

Since she was installed as president of Spalding University, Tori Murden McClure has encouraged students and faculty to feed the hungry and repair houses for the needy, helping the Louisville, Ky., school clock in 1.6 million service hours in one year.

WCC commission promotes ecumenical learning and education

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:00

March 2, 2015

Participants in a CEEF meeting held at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. —Sandra Cox

World Council of Churches

Sandra Cox

SWITZERLAND

The committee that advises World Council of Churches (WCC) governing bodies on promoting ecumenical learning has ended its February 2015 meeting with a series of recommendations to ensure a vibrant study environment.

3 ways relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:00

March 2, 2015

John Jackson of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado examines the Shroud of Turin in CNN’s series “Finding Jesus.” —Courtesy of Nutopia/CNN

Religion News Service

David Gibson and Michael McKinley

Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus?

Commission on the Status of Women attendee shares her hopes for upcoming event

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 07:00

March 2, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

LOUISVILLE

“Recently five women in my community were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. That’s unacceptable. I hope my time in New York City at the Commission will give me the tools and resources that I need to be an advocate for the women and girls in my community.” Florence Vargas is one of 22 women who will travel to New York City in a few weeks as part of a Presbyterian Women delegation attending the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.  The focus of this year’s Commission will be on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. 

Our New Day Begun (#6 in a series)

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:00

Stories of young African-American leaders from across the PC(USA)

February 27, 2015

Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis —Courtesy of Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rev. Tawnya Denise Anderson

LOUISVILLE

In honor of African-American History Month, Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries is collaborating with the Rev. Tawnya Denise Anderson, pastor at Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, Md., to lift up stories of young African-American leaders from across the PC(USA). Over the coming weeks, Anderson’s blog, “SOULa Scriptura,” will run a special series titled “Our New Day Begun” to highlight the stories of African-Americans who are leading the charge in shaping the church’s future.

This post features the Reverend Shavon Starling-Louis, a 32-year-old Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of Southern New England and is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida.

Winter storms spell catastrophe for New England

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:59

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds

February 27, 2015

Heavy snow blankets the grounds of Windham Presbyterian Church in New Hampshire. —Lavina Miller

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones and Scott O’Neill

LOUISVILLE

Confronting what one meteorologist has called a “once every 26,000 years” event, New Englanders are reeling from the cumulative effect of multiple winter storms that have dumped more than 100 inches of snow within a 30-day period. And it may not be over. More heavy snow is expected this weekend, making a critical situation even worse. Coupled with frigid temperatures that have not allowed thawing, these storms may have long-term implications for the future survival of Presbyterian congregations in Boston and northern New England. 

Louisville Seminary enters new affiliation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:00

Louisville Seminary is one of only two seminaries in the country supported by the center

February 27, 2015

Louisville Seminary

Chris Wooton

Director of Communications

LOUISVILLE

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and Christian Theological Seminary recently announced a new affiliation. This relationship will benefit the constituents of all three institutions, who will gain increased access to knowledge about congregations as well as other opportunities to support the congregations they serve. This affiliation involves a governance role, as representatives from the two seminaries will serve on the Center’s board of directors.

Camp Grier Restructuring Results in Growth

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:00

February 27, 2015

Camp Grier —Courtesy of Camp Grier

Camp Grier

Jason McDougald

Executive Director

OLD FORT, NC

The Presbyteries of Charlotte, Salem, and Western North Carolina and the Camp Grier Board of Directors are pleased to announce major changes that will transform Camp Grier into a more focused and nimble Christian adventure destination. 

Our New Day Begun (#5 in a series)

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:00

Stories of young African-American leaders from across the PC(USA)

February 26, 2015

Brian McCollum —Courtesy of Brian McCollum

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rev. Tawnya Denise Anderson

LOUISVILLE

In honor of African-American History Month, Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries is collaborating with the Rev. Tawnya Denise Anderson, pastor at Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, Md., to lift up stories of young African-American leaders from across the PC(USA). Over the coming weeks, Anderson’s blog, “SOULa Scriptura,” will run a special series titled “Our New Day Begun” to highlight the stories of African-Americans who are leading the charge in shaping the church’s future.

This post features Brian McCollum, a candidate who is certified ready to be examined for ordination, pending a call. He is not only a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, but he is currently its Director of Recruitment. 

Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities names new executive director

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:00

February 26, 2015

Jeffrey Arnold —Courtesy of Jeffrey Arnold

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

The Board of Directors of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities (APCU) has named Jeffrey E. Arnold to be its new executive director effective April 1, 2015. He will succeed Gary Luhr, who is retiring after serving as executive director since October 2002.

A letter from the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL)

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:01

What else is waiting for the Syrian Christians?

February 26, 2015

Dr. Mary Mikhael

National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL)

SYRIA

Dear friends, 

We greet you in the name of Him who gives life and hope, Jesus the Christ.

As our Armenian brothers and sisters are commemorating the Hundred Anniversary of the massacre inflicted on them in early 20th century, we watch with great sadness and are stunned by the news of Christian villages in the Northeast of Syria being criminally attacked by ISIS. killing, kidnapping, destroying churches and homes, and causing thousands of families to be displaced.

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