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Kang named 1001 New Worshiping Communities central region associate

4 hours 48 min ago

October 20, 2017

The Rev. Shawn Kang has been named the central region associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities (NWC) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) In his new role, Kang will work with presbyteries, churches and new worshiping leaders in the central United States to further grow the movement.

Critical deadlines approaching in dialogue around immigration issues

6 hours 16 min ago

October 20, 2017

At a critical juncture in the dialogue around immigration policies, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is working to shift the narrative from a legal perspective to a human one.

‘No Innocent Bystanders’ provides guide for social justice work

10 hours 34 min ago

October 20, 2017

Can the people who benefit from unjust social systems actively work for justice with those who are oppressed by those systems? No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice (Westminster John Knox Press) by Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher Doucot is a start-up guide for spiritual or religious people who are interested in working for social justice but don't know how or where to begin.

Presbyterian documentaries on immigration and refugees shown in Dayton

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:30

October 19, 2017

The original idea was to simply schedule screenings of the most recent Presbyterian Disaster Assistance documentaries on immigration detention and refugee resettlement (Locked in a Box and To Breathe Free) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton. What Sally Dyer didn’t realize, was a number of organizations across the city were planning their own awareness events around these issues.

Upcoming weekend marks 26th annual observance of Children’s Sabbaths

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:22

October 19, 2017

October 20-22 marks the 26th annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, a time for people of all faiths to devote to, and unite in, their concern for children, commit to improving children’s lives, and advocate for justice on their behalf. The 2017 Children’s Sabbaths theme is “Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child.”

International peacemakers wrap up four-week visit to U.S.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:37

October 18, 2017

The meeting room at Laws Lodge on the campus of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary was buzzing with groups clustered together, debriefing on the past three weeks. Most of the 15 international peacemakers gathered here for a day of conversation before heading back to their homes, an opportunity to talk about their experiences and interactions with U.S. congregations, students and communities.

Mid council leaders reaffirm their baptism at closing worship

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:55

Frank Spencer encourages attendees to transcend their histories

October 18, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Gregg Brekke

Special to Office of the General Assembly Communications

St. Louis

Preaching at the closing worship service here of the five-day Mid Council Leaders Gathering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reverend Frank Spencer, president of the Board of Pensions, asked attendees, “Is today’s outcome determined by what has already happened?”

Spencer began his sermon, titled “What’s Past Is Prologue,” with a reading of the genealogy in Matthew 1:1–17, “The very first words of our New Testament, [that] have never made it into the reading of our Common Lectionary.”

Mission co-worker Doug Dicks is returning to his spiritual home

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:59

October 18, 2017

Mission co-worker Douglas Dicks is going home. Not to his boyhood home in Virginia but to his spiritual home in Israel/Palestine.

Mid council leaders seek new ways of supporting ministry

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:04

Losses, demographic changes call for new models, panel of leaders say

October 18, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. Louis

Reflecting on the losses Los Ranchos Presbytery has experienced in the last five years – nine churches containing more than 10,000 members dismissed to other bodies and net loss of church property totaling $60 million -- Forest Claasen, co-executive recalls a story attributed to, but probably not told, by Desmond Tutu.

“The missionaries came to our land with the Bible and said, ‘let us pray,’” the story goes. “So we closed our eyes and prayed and when we opened them up they had the land and we had the Bible. And we got the better part of the deal.”

Creating an environment for transformation

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:00

GA223 will seek to engage attendees in service, learning in St. Louis

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. LouisFrom June 16-23, 2018

From June 16-23, 2018, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will meet in the “Gateway City” for the 16th time since 1851 and the first since 1988.

Planning for the Assembly comes as St. Louis continues to experience unrest, dating back to the police shooting of an 18-year-old black man, Michael Brown, in the summer of 2014 in suburban Ferguson, Missouri. “The protests are primarily economic, but you cannot separate out the various factors that contribute to them,” the Rev. Craig Howard, executive of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery told 300 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders here October 16 during the annual Mid Council Leaders Gathering.

Playing for keeps

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00

Mid Council leaders discuss how to cultivate resilience in face of change

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

When Kerry Rice thinks about resilience, he thinks of two of his favorite toys from childhood — Legos and Play-Doh.

“You can put them together any way you want to make something new,” he says, “but they never lose the nature of what they are.”

Assembly panels update mid council leaders on their work

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:00

Glimmers of hope emerge for representatives of year-long process

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Gregg Brekke

Special to Office of the General Assembly Communications

St. Louis

The three groups tasked with discerning the form, function and vision of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gave updates October 15 to 300 church leaders gathered here for the annual Mid Council Leaders Gathering.

Initiated by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon, the 2020 Vision Team, the All Agency Review Committee and the Way Forward Commission have worked for more than a year at their respective tasks. The presentation to mid council leaders provided the groups’ representatives an opportunity to describe the process and possible outcomes of their activities.

Christian formation leaders identify life-long Christian practices of faith

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:17

October 17, 2017

For the Rev. Olivia Stewart, participating in the Christian Formation Symposium — a gathering of seasoned practitioners from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — was “awesome.”

사역장로에 관하여: 영적 지도자를 월간 시리즈

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:46

신실하게 응답하기

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

우리 세상의 사건들이 혼돈 속으로 소용돌이 치는 것처럼 보입니다. 지난 몇 달 동안 들었던 질문입니다: "요즘 뉴스에 어떻게 대처합니까?"

이 세상에서 제가 가장 두려워하는 것는 선함goodness 또는 신God-ness의 죽음이라는 것입니다. 그리고 저의 머리를 떨구고 그저 울기를 원하는 때가 있습니다. 때로는 그렇습니다! 예수님께서 예루살렘을 위하여 눈물을 흘리셨던 때로부터 가끔 하나님께서 저와 함께 울고 계신다고 생각합니다.

Hope and humor abound in dialogue between two top PC(USA) leaders

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 05:58

Stated clerk and BOP president address Mid Council Leaders Gathering

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

Hope, the faithfulness of God, and whether Louisville is really the center of the Presbyterian universe were among the topics addressed in a wide-ranging dialogue between two top leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the 2017 Mid Council Leaders Gathering here October 16. 

Respecto a los/as ancianos/as gobernantes: una serie mensual para líderes espirituales

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:57

Respondemos fielmente

October 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

A medida que los acontecimientos de nuestro mundo parecen estar envueltos en el caos, he escuchado una pregunta durante meses: «¿Cómo afrentar las noticias en estos días?»

Presbyterians called to be healers and table turners

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:00

Mid Council Leaders workshop offers resources on immigration issues

October 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

In a time when immigrants are increasingly stigmatized and threatened with deportation, Teresa Waggener, an immigration attorney for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), asked a group of synod and presbytery leaders:

“How can we be the hands and feet of Christ? How do we reach out and support immigrants and refugees without doing any harm or putting them in danger?”

PC(USA) leaders report on talks with ECO

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:00

Agreement to ‘whole truth-telling,’ presbytery-to-presbytery discernment comes out of WCRC-mediated meeting

October 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. Louis

A trio of Office of the General Assembly (OGA) leaders briefed the 300-strong Mid Council Leaders Gathering here Sunday (October 15) evening on the progress – or lack thereof – of conversations between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO) over the sometimes chaotic process of departure of churches from the PC(USA) to ECO.

More than 70 churches join covenant as Hunger Action Congregations

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:20

October 16, 2017

In recognition of World Food Day, the Presbyterian Hunger Program has announced that more than 70 Presbyterian churches have become Hunger Action Congregations since the initiative was announced last summer.

PC(USA) called to “embrace who we are”—a denomination of small churches

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:53

Statistics show those preparing for ministry do not mirror the larger church

October 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

Leaders of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presbyteries and synods examined the “State of the Church” during a series of plenary sessions at the 2017 Mid-Council Leaders Gathering in St. Louis.

“We need to embrace who we are,” said Kris Valerius, assistant stated clerk for denominational rolls and statistics in the Office of the General Assembly, at a session on “Congregational Realities” October 15 here.

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