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Meet some of the 2014 Polity Conference attendees-Part 1

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:24

October 20, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Louisville

Over the next few days, 2014 Polity Conference participants are getting the chance to discuss the state of the church, share common concerns, learn about polity issues, and discern life together. Get a snapshot of their experience on Monday through several attendees. The conference runs Oct. 19–21.

'Kid to kid'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:00

Presbyterian Giving Catalog inspires Sunday school to give the gift of goats

October 20, 2014

A live goat surprises the children and congregation. —Photo courtesy of First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, Mich.

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

They weren’t just kidding around at First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, Michigan.

When the Rev. Will Christians, pastor of the 125-member congregation in southwest Michigan, introduced Leonda Shroyer, chair of the church’s Christian education committee, to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, she and the whole Sunday school program really got moving.

On the language of faith in writing

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00

An interview with Marilynne Robinson

October 20, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

NEW YORK

What are you afraid of? That's what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about faith.

Type cast

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:00

Researcher chronicles educational efforts of Presbyterian missionary Horace Underwood in Korea

October 20, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Song Nai Rhee

EUGENE, Ore.

In the late 19th century, Korea was still holed up in its 500-year-old cultural cocoon, hardened by a Confucian worldview which saw nothing worth learning outside the Confucian classics.

What's in a name?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:00

Presbyterian ‘kirks’ everywhere are called to celebrate John Knox’s legacy on 500th birthday of Scottish reformer

October 17, 2014

John Knox. —(Public domain photo)

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Kirk in the Hills. Kirk of Kildaire. What’s in a name?

Plenty, it would seem, for Presbyterians.

Face to Face with God’s call-Korean

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:15

October 17, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

하나님의 부르심과 대면하여

에바 스팀슨,  장로교 사무 총회국 (OGA) 연락관

30년 전에, Katie Kelly Hopper와 그녀의 남편인 James Harmon Hopper는 달라스에서 있었던 Face to Face 행사—사역지를 찾기 위한 일종의 장로교 행사—에서 세 개의 소형 교회를 공동으로 섬기라는 부르심을 발견했다. 이것이 그들을 위한 첫 부르심이었다.

이 두 사람은 신학교 졸업반이었다. Kathie는 “우리는 Austin Seminary에서 운전해 갔습니다. 정말 좋은 경험이었습니다”라고 회고했다.

이번 여름, 일리노이주의 몬티셀로에서 임시 목회직을 끝낸 후, 그녀는 다시 Face to Face 행사에 참여했다. 인터넷을 통해 연결시켜주고 안내해주는 미국 장로교의 시스템인 Church Leadership Connection (CLC)에 의해 지원을 받은 올 해의 행사에는 디트로이트 총회 기간 동안 65명의 ...

Does the Muslim headscarf boost body image

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00

October 17, 2014

Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe

WASHINGTON

In non-Muslim societies, a woman in a headscarf is often perceived as less approachable and sociable, according to past research, and some see the head covering as a means of repressing women.

The world comes to Costa Rica

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Costa Rica

October 17, 2014

Karla Koll (right) with Douwe Visser (left), theological secretary for the WCRC, at the GIT opening worship service. —WCRC Photo

Presbyterian World Mission

Karla Koll

PC(USA) mission co-worker

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica

In July the world came to the Latin American Biblical University (UBL). The Global Institute of Theology (GIT), a program of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), brought theology students and professors from 16 countries together on our campus in Costa Rica for three weeks of classes focused on the theme "Transforming Mission, Church and Community.” 

Let the games begin!

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:00

Video gamers can help change the world, McGonigal says at launch of SFTS’s Center for Innovation in Ministry

October 17, 2014

Participants in the launch of the Center for Innovation in Ministry get some practical collaborative gaming experience. —Rachel Howard

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

SAN ANSELMO, Calif.

If we want to save the world, humans must engage in 21 billion hours per week of gaming, world-renowned video game designer and futurist Jane McGonigal told an enthusiastic crowd of 150 today (Oct. 16) at the launch of San Francisco Theological Seminary’s Center for Innovation in Ministry.

Speaking God’s language(s)

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:00

Koreans, Alaska Natives, ‘Norwegians’ come together in new presbytery; celebrate David Dobler’s retirement

October 16, 2014

David Dobler. —Photo by Jerry L. Van Marter

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

KETCHIKAN, Alaska

The Rev. David Dobler remembers when – early in his ministry in Alaska – presbytery meetings were fraught with multicultural complications.

“When we came to Alaska, we went to a presbytery where no one spoke all the languages, Dobler tells the new Presbytery of the Northwest Coast at its second stated meeting here. “Anyone could call for a language caucus, go off, figure it out, and then come back together,” he notes of the Tlinglit, Inupiat, Aleut, Tsimshian and other Native Alaska tribes whose members comprised the congregations of the Presbyteries of Yukon and Alaska when he started in ministry 30 years ago.

Richard DuBose named president of Montreat Conference Center

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:49

October 16, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

From Montreat Conference Center

MONTREAT, N.C.

A new chapter opens in the ongoing story of Montreat Conference Center as its Board of Directors names Richard T. DuBose the 15th president of the Mountain Retreat Association, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Albert G. “Pete” Peery, Jr., who announced his retirement on March 20 of this year.

Lutherans and UN refugee agency sign agreement on humanitarian cooperation

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:00

October 16, 2014

Ecumenical News

Peter Kenny

GENEVA

The Lutheran World Federation and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide assistance to internally displaced persons and refugees.

Prayers for Madagascar-Korean

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:22

October 16, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

마다가스카를 위한 기도

그래디 파슨스, 미국 장로교 총회 정서기

긴장이 맴도는 정치적 상황에 있는 마다가스카에 평화와 정의와 평온함이 임하도록  기도합시다.

Marc Ravalomanana는 10월 13일 월요일 이른 시간에 고국으로 돌아왔습니다. 2001년에 대통령으로 당선되고, 2006년에 재선된 Ravalomanana는 2009년 3월에 군사 구테타에 의해 대통령직에서 물러나게 되었으며, 지난 5년 반 동안 망명 생활을 해왔습니다.

전직 대통령의 주택 둘레에 군중들이 몰려와 그를 환영하고, 오전 11시에 있었던 기자 회견에서 그의 이야기를 들었습니다. 그날 오후 일찍이 군대가 체류탄 가스를 발포하여 군중을 해산시켰고, 그후에 Ravalomanana의 집에 무력으로 침입해 들어갔습니다. 군사들에 의해 수도에 있는 어느 군사 진영으로 그가 끌려갔다는 보고가 있습니다. 그후의 보고들에 의하면 그가 알려지지 않은 어느 장소로 ...

Polar distress

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:00

Presbyterian groups host exploration of climate change effects in Alaska

October 16, 2014

Byron Glacier. —Photo courtesy of Curt Karns

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Toni Montgomery

STATESVILLE, N.C.

Hotter summers, colder winters, droughts, floods, stronger storms. These are all results of climate change, a phenomenon that has been in dispute for years, but that  gets harder and harder to deny. 

Nobel laureates′ conference cancelled in South Africa over Dalai Lama visa

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:00

October 15, 2014

Ecumenical News

Peter Kenny

GENEVA

The 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, due to be held in Cape Town later this month, will be moved to another city, the mayor has said after Desmond Tutu blasted the South African government over the event.

Church giving won’t rise unless pastors embrace Jesus’ teachings on poor, report says

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:00

October 15, 2014

Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe

WASHINGTON

Christian researchers tracking decades of decline in charitable giving say the trend will not be reversed until pastors challenge congregants to embrace Jesus’ teachings on the poor.

사역 장로에 관하여: 회의 진행

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:07

October 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

밀리 스나이더 (Millie Snyder)

Louisville

사역 장로인 당신은 어떤 위원회나 회의를 진행해 달라는 요청을 받았든지, 아니면 앞으로 받게 될 것이다. 회의를 인도하는 것에 익숙하지 않은 자들에게는, 이러한 요청을 받는 것이 두렵거나 걱정이 될 것이다. 또 어떤 이들은 직장에서, PTA에서 혹은 이웃과 관련된 어떤 단체에서 정기적으로 회의를 진행하는 자들도 있을 것이며, 이들은 교회 회의가 그러한 모임들과 어떻게 달라야 하는지에 대해 의문점을 가지고 있다.

교회 회의를 진행하는데 있어서 도움이 될 수 있는 몇 가지 실용적인 지침들을 여기에서 소개하려 한다:

  • 정기 회의 날짜와 시간을 정하라. 일반적으로 당신이 속한 위원회나 팀 멤버들이 년초에 그들의 달력에 회의 스케쥴을 적어 놓을 수 있다면 가장 좋을 것이다. 때로 다양한 회원들과 그들이 가지고 ...

Regarding ruling elders: Moderating Meetings

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:00

October 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Millie Snyder

Louisville

[Korean] As a ruling elder, you may have been asked, or will be asked, to moderate a committee or a meeting. For some of us who aren’t accustomed to leading meetings, this call seems frightening or overwhelming. Others of us regularly lead meetings at work or for the PTA or the neighborhood association, and we wonder if church meetings should be any different than those.

Good news and great news

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Portugal (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 306)

October 15, 2014

General Assembly, June 2014: Installation of newly elected officers of the Executive Commission.(l-r), Silvina Queiroz (president), Carlos Matos, me (VP), Dulce Cabete (Exec-Sec'y), Jose Salvador. Not pictured: Jorge Ladeiro (Treasurer). —Photo courtesy of Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Portugal

Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

Bob and Keiko Butterfield

PC(USA) mission co-workers

ALHADAS, Portugal

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Portugal asked me recently to write a book on what it means to be an active, useful, and committed Christian, and I’ve been at work on that all summer. So far 8 chapters are complete out of a planned total of 20.  

Pilgrimage of justice and peace inspires Latin American communicators

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:00

October 14, 2014

Participants in the WCC-ALC seminar in Buenos Aires. —Photo by ALC

World Council of Churches News

BUENOS AIRES

The theme “pilgrimage of justice and peace” has triggered robust discussions on furthering cooperation among Christian communication organizations in a seminar sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC). 

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