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Have Americans made God in their image?

3 hours 2 min ago

An interview with Matthew Paul Turner

August 29, 2014

Religion News Service

Jonathan Merritt

WASHINGTON

If you play a word association game with “God,” Americans might respond with “unchanging,” “eternal,” or “forever.” But what if America’s perception of God is always changing with their whims and wishes and cultural proclivities? Matthew Paul Turner, popular blogger and author, is raising this question in his new book, Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity

From Las Vegas stages to Air Force chaplaincy

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:30

Presbyterian military chaplain learns ‘you never know where God’s calling you to’

August 28, 2014

U.S. Air Force Chaplain Mitchell Holley —PCCMP photo

Presbyterian News Service

Toni Montgomery

Special to Presbyterian News Service

MONTREAT, N.C.

God’s plan for Air Force chaplain Mitchell Holley led him a long way from where he expected to be. Holley might have thought one day he’d be entertaining troops, not ministering to them.

Jason Brian Santos to head PC(USA)’s collegiate ministries

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:04

New associate will work closely with UKirk network

August 28, 2014

Jason Brian Santos, new associate for collegiate ministries —PNS file photo

Evangelism and Church Growth

Paul Seebeck

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. Jason Brian Santos has been named the new associate for collegiate ministries for the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) of the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.). In his new role, Santos will work closely UKirk, the church’s network of collegiate ministries.

MLK’s daughter seeks nonviolent Ferguson response

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:30

August 28, 2014

Religion News Service

Elisa Crouch

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reprinted with permission

BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo.

The youngest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leaned toward the 30 students facing her inside the library at Riverview Gardens High School on Tuesday (Aug. 26). Many of them live near the epicenter of the chaos that erupted in Ferguson. It’s why Bernice King chose this school for this discussion.

Making souls God wants to dwell in

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:00

Yellowstone Presbyterians study and practice prayer at daylong retreat

August 27, 2014

Jed Cauffman receives a trim during a skit about pruning. The pruner is his son Curtis. —Mike Ferguson

Presbyterian News Service

Mike Ferguson

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LEWISTOWN, Mont.

An idea conceived by teaching and ruling elders bound together by prayer is beginning to transform the prayer lives of Presbyterians throughout Yellowstone Presbytery, one of the nation’s largest by square miles and, at about 2,000 people, smallest by membership. 

About 40 members of nine of the presbytery’s 25 churches gathered Saturday, Aug. 23, at First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown ― the geographic center of the Treasure State ― for a day-long prayer retreat. Co-general presbyters George and Kathy Goodrich made presentations that included praying the scriptures and exploring St. Teresa of Avila’s spirituality. 

Something old, something young

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:30

August 27, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Carol Howard Merritt

Excerpted from The Christian Century

HOUSTON

While serving as an English-speaking pastor at a Korean congregation, Shawn Kang came to understand the particular struggles of second-generation Korean Americans. When he decided to plant a new congregation in the Houston area, he reached out to young Asian Americans ― and Pathways of Houston began.

Argentinean churches rejoice at grandmother finding grandson born to death camp mother

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:33

August 27, 2014

Estela de Carlotto —WCC photo

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches News

PLAZA de MAYO, Argentina

After searching for more than 35 years, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina have finally found the grandson of one of their founders, Estela de Carlotto. The recent discovery ends a long and painful journey for Carlotto, who lost her pregnant daughter, Laura Carlotto, during the days of the brutal military dictatorship of 1976-83 in Argentina, when she was abducted and imprisoned.

Presbytery and synod news

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:00

August 26, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

News from the presbyteries and synods of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Company of New Pastors launches new series of events

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:00

Conversations on pastoral formation and educational webinars are key to broadening the program’s reach and impact

August 26, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

As an integral part of its ongoing expansion plans, Company of New Pastors (CNP) — a transition-into-ministry program for seminary students and first-call pastors — is launching a new series of programs on pastoral formation.  

Company of New Pastors launches new series of events

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:00

Conversations on pastoral formation and educational webinars are key to broadening the program’s reach and impact

August 26, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

As an integral part of its ongoing expansion plans, Company of New Pastors (CNP) — a transition-into-ministry program for seminary students and first-call pastors — is launching a new series of programs on pastoral formation.  

WCC commission leadership selected

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:08

August 26, 2014

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches News

GENEVA

At the Central Committee meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC), leadership of the Council’s consultative bodies was announced. These bodies will steer through the work of the WCC in accomplishing the call from its 10th Assembly to engage in a “pilgrimage of justice and peace.” The WCC assembly was held in Busan, Republic of Korea, in the fall of 2013. 

Facing up to Ferguson

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:00

Faith communities play key role in conversations about race, local pastors say

August 25, 2014

A protester joins hands with community leaders to form a barrier between police and demonstrators in an attempt to defuse escalation between the two during a peaceful protest in Ferguson, Mo. —New York Daily News

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

Faith communities can and should play a larger role in calling for justice and leading difficult conversations about race, said two retired Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastors in Ferguson, Missouri.

Back to the future

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:00

Jack Haberer leaving Presbyterian Outlook to return to pastoral ministry

August 25, 2014

Jack Haberer —PNS file photo

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

Jack Haberer knew he would someday return to pastoral ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He just didn’t think it would happen quite this soon and quite so abruptly.

At the end of September, Haberer will step down as editor of The Presbyterian Outlook after nine years as leader of the PC(USA)’s oldest and most influential independent publication. On Oct. 26, he begins service as pastor of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, Fla.

Losing religion at college? New study flips the common wisdom

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:30

August 25, 2014

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON

You don’t need a doctoral degree to think higher education leads people away from organized religion. That’s been common wisdom for decades.

Now, a sociologist’s new generational study upends that thinking.

It takes a village

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:30

A PC(USA) mission letter from Democratic Republic of Congo (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 138)

August 22, 2014

Each child is delighted to receive a pillow. —Kristi Rice

Presbyterian News Service

Bob and Kristi Rice

PC(USA) educator/evangelists

KANANGA, Congo

It promised to be a full and satisfying morning. As we pulled away from the Salongo market, the Land Cruiser was packed with people and things. Kristi’s “shakena” (child named after her) was sitting on her lap along with a few others in the front. Everyone was nicely dressed. We were all ready for the big event. 

After passing the airport we made a sharp left where large palm fronds greeted us “welcome.” More palm fronds awaited us as we cruised down one of the dirt roads of Tubuluku village. After passing the chief’s home we made another sharp left and arrived at BICE, a Catholic center created 10 years ago to house and rehabilitate child soldiers after the war. 

Worship service in Pyongyang focuses on peace and reunification of Korean peninsula

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:00

August 22, 2014

Eucharist service on Aug. 15 at the Bongsu Church in Pyongyang. —NCCK photo

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches News

PYONGYANG

Prayers for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula were held at the Bongsu Church in Pyongyang, North Korea on Aug. 15, with participation from a 19-member delegation organized by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK), comprised of representatives from member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and ecumenical organizations from South Korea, including women and youth delegates. 

Gay, Christian and celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:51

August 22, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

WASHINGTON

When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical church where she assumed being gay wasn’t an option. “With ex-gay ministries, it gave me the space to be honest about my sexuality,” said Rodgers, now 28. Yet that same honesty eventually led her away from ex-gay ministries.

PC(USA) leaders call for calm and prayer in Ferguson crisis - Spanish

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:27

August 22, 2014

Louisville

« El Señor ya te ha dicho, oh hombre, en qué consiste lo Bueno y qué es lo que él espera de ti: que hagas justicia, que seas fiel y leal y que obedezcas humildemente a tu Dios.» (Miqueas 6:8)

En este tiempo de angustia e ira, la frustración y el miedo sobre la muerte a tiros de Michael Brown de dieciocho años de edad en Ferguson, Missouri, la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) llama a la calma y la oración así como se busca la justicia y la rectitud.

Nosotros, junto con el resto del mundo ...

Respite break becomes Peace Camp

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:30

A story from the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study (p. 235)

August 21, 2014

Peace Camp participants enjoy a break. —Ann Moore

Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

Ann Moore

PC(USA) mission co-worker In Japan

NISHITANI, Japan

Although it was well past midnight, the Japanese and Korean high school students were wide-awake and chatting like fast friends on the last day of Peace Camp in South Korea.

When camp began a week earlier, we could not have imagined the animated scene before us. Due to linguistic and cultural barriers, the Japanese and Koreans were at first reluctant to interact, but now they were happily reaching out to one another in genuine friendship and unity.

Columbia president affirms faith despite spreading cancer

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:00

August 21, 2014

Steve Hayner —Columbia Theological Seminary

DECATUR, Ga.

The news was not what anyone wanted to hear: despite aggressive treatment, the pancreatic cancer has spread in the body of Steve Hayner, the beloved, gifted president of Columbia Theological Seminary.

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