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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to help churches recently damage/destroyed by fire

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 14:03

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance reactivates designated account

July 2, 2015

Assistance sought for the churches recently damaged by fire.

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, in collaboration with its ecumenical partners, is working to assist the churches recently damaged by fire. Over a two week period, seven churches with predominantly black membership burned in Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Ohio and Florida. Investigators speculate lightening may have been involved in a few, but arson has not been ruled out. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is still investigating.

July 2015 - Walk toward a new day - Korean

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:28

July 2, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

나는 지난 12개월 동안 매달 썼던 칼럼을 살펴보면서 그것들 중 4분의 1이 인종차별에 관한 것이었음을 깨닫게 되었다. 가장 최근에 일어난 사건은 사우쓰 캐롤라이나에 위치한Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church (Mother Emanuel) in Charleston에서 발생했다. Mother Emanuel은 폭탄을 맞고 불태움을 당하고 총격을 받고 손상된 많은 많은 흑인 교회들의 목록에 이름을 올리게 되었다.

Youth makes find of (really) historic proportions in N.M. desert

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:21

Family digs into Ghost Ranch’s wide variety of activities

July 2, 2015

John, Jessie, and Carol Dodson. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

ABIQUIU, N.M.

Imagine being out on a morning walk only to discover two fossilized vertebrae from an ancient creature, possibly a small reptile. Now imagine that the two vertebrae, found near—but not next to—each other, fit together.

Caminando hacia un nuevo día

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:20

July 2, 2015

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

Al leer los artículos mensuales que he escrito durante los últimos doce meses, me doy cuenta que una cuarta parte de ellos han hablado sobre el racismo. El último incidente público fue el de los asesinatos en la Iglesia Episcopal Metodista Africana Emanuel (AME) (Madre Emanuel) en Charleston, Carolina del Sur. Madre Emanuel es una iglesia más en una larga lista trágica de iglesias afroamericanas que han sido bombardeadas, quemadas, tiroteadas, y vandalizadas.

Presbyterian Foundation announces new provider for Jarvie Commonweal Service

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:09

July 1, 2015

Presbyterian Foundation News Release

Rob Bullock

LOUISVILLE

The Jarvie Commonweal Service, a ministry to older adult Protestants in the New York City area, has undergone changes in leadership and structure, according to leaders of the Presbyterian Foundation. 

Family legacy unites Presbyterian ministers at Ghost Ranch

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00

Annual trek to PC(USA) retreat center cultivates creativity, study

July 1, 2015

Tim and Beth Hart-Andersen. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

ABIQUIU, N.M.

Beth Hart-Andersen is a child of God. And—not incidentally—a child of Ghost Ranch. “I’ve been coming here since I was four years old,” she says. “At least that’s my earliest memory.” And now, 31 years—to the day—and 3 children later, the Hart-Andersens still find a way to return to Ghost Ranch every year. 

PC(USA) leaders issue statement on church burnings

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:51

July 1, 2015

News Release

A hate-inspired tragedy like the murder of nine worshipers at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, causes people of good conscience not only to grieve, but to reassess their attitudes about race, and moves people of all races to come together and take actions that reflect new commitments to heal long-standing wounds in the United States.

Unfortunately, those commitments to reconciliation inflame in some the same racial hatred that motivated the Charleston killings and result in a backlash of further violence. In the last week, at least seven churches with predominantly black membership have been burned ...

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board responds to lawsuit

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:35

Dermody, Hoey file defamation suits against PC(USA)

July 1, 2015

Jefferson County Courthouse in Louisville, Ky.

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, through its Louisville-based lawyer, John Sheller of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, issued a response on June 25 to a defamation lawsuit filed against the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation, by the Rev. Roger Dermody.

Prayer for the PC(USA)

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 06:59

July 1, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Heath K. Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church USA

As Moderator, I am acutely aware of the amazing ways the Holy Spirit is working in the PC(USA). In many ways it is a joy to watch and observe. In other ways, I am bewildered and confused about what is happening and how to respond.

Thus it is that I offer this prayer for our denomination. To God be the Glory.

Learning to ‘live missionally’ at Big Tent 2015 in Knoxville

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:51

Bringing healing, reconciliation and good news to those around you

June 30, 2015

Retired Princeton Theological Seminary professor Darrell Guder was at the forefront of the missional church movement in the 1990s, attempting to articulate the church’s place in a post-Christian context. —Paul Seebeck

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

Additional reporting by Tammy Warren and Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The theme for Big Tent 2015 is Live Missionally. This phrase has created quite a conversation in the church, centered on this question: “What does ‘living missionally’ really mean?”

Supreme Court ruling on power plant regulations is a win for energy corporations

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:06

PC(USA) officials believe environmental and health risks should outweigh cost savings

June 30, 2015

Big Bend coal power station in Apollo Beach, Fla. —Wknight94 via Wikimedia Commons

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) environmental leaders say they’re disappointed by yesterday’s ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to put a limit on certain power plant emissions saying it did not consider the cost of those regulations and its financial impact on energy corporations. 

Korean American church leaders gather in nation’s capital

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:41

Annual meeting affirms identity, explores new challenges

June 30, 2015

—Representatives at the 44th National Council of Korean Presbyterian Churches (NCKPC).

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

korean american, korea, japan, south korea

Washington, D.C.

More than 280 commissioners and representatives from 400 Korean American Presbyterian Churches across the country assembled together June 16–19, 2015, with guests from corresponding denominational partners in South Korea and Japan, to refocus and renew the mission of Korean American Presbyterian churches during the 44th National Council of Korean Presbyterian Churches (NCKPC) gathering.

815-Spanish

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:31

June 29, 2015

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

La Confesión de 1967 dice:

La iglesia se dispersa para servir a Dios en donde quiera que se encuentren sus miembros, en el trabajo o en el recreo, en privado o en la vida social. Sus oraciones y estudio de la Biblia forman parte del culto y reflexión teológica de la iglesia. Su testimonio es la actividad evangelizadora de la iglesia. Su acción diaria en el mundo representa a la iglesia en misión hacia el mundo. La calidad de sus relaciones con otras personas es la medida de la fidelidad de la iglesia. (Libro de ...

Pastors on trial in Sudan await July 2 hearing

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:25

Judge has the option to continue trial or drop charges

June 29, 2015

The Rev. Peter Yen Reith. —Morning Star News

Presbyterian News Service

Tammy Warren

LOUISVILLE

Two South Sudanese pastors imprisoned for their faith in the Republic of Sudan since December 2014 and January 2015, respectively, will have the opportunity to answer a judge’s questions in a hearing on July 2. 

Congregations receive excellence grants of $35,000 each

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:48

2015 Walton Awards given to three new church starts

June 29, 2015

One of Camino de Vida’s primary missions is food distribution. Since 2011 they’ve delivered more 42,000 pounds of food to some 850 hungry families in their neighborhood. —Photo courtesy Camino de Vida

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

Three worshiping communities have been named winners of the 2015 Sam and Helen R. Walton Award—for their excellence as new church starts in their local communities.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Consolidates Two Ministry Areas into Theology, Formation and Evangelism

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:16

June 29, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Melody K. Smith

LOUISVILLE

PRESS RELEASE

Two Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries have merged to form Theology, Formation and Evangelism. The two areas involved were previously called Theology, Worship and Education and Evangelism and Church Growth.

Advocacy and faith join forces in Big Tent 2015 workshop

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:28

Pastor Scott Weimer asks ‘What gifts do you have?’ for missional living

June 26, 2015

The. Rev. Scott Weimer at Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

Situated on the north end of downtown Atlanta, North Avenue Presbyterian Church began its life over 100 years ago as a suburban church. But the city grew, the neighborhood changed and the people who originally lived around North Avenue migrated farther out.

PC(USA) celebrates Supreme Court decision on same-gender marriage

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:52

Church leaders say education is the next step

June 26, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-gender couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide, striking down bans in 14 states. Church leaders believe today’s ruling is a step in the right direction as society’s views have continued to change in recent years.

EL Secretario Permanente de la IP(EE.UU.) da un comunicado sobre la acción de la Corte Suprema con respecto al matrimonio

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:33

June 26, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

El Reverendo Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente de la Asamblea General

Louisville

La 221a Asamblea General (2014) y los presbiterios ratificaron la siguiente definición sobre el matrimonio:

El matrimonio es una dádiva de Dios, ofrecida a la humanidad para el bienestar de la familia humana total.  El matrimonio implica un compromiso único entre dos personas, tradicionalmente un hombre y una mujer, de amarse y apoyarse mutuamente por el resto de sus vidas.  El amor sacrificado que une a la pareja le sostiene como miembros fieles y responsables de la iglesia y la comunidad en general…

미국 장로교 정서기가 결혼에 대한 대법원의 판결에 대해 성명을 발표하다

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:31

June 26, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Louisville

제 221차 미국 장로교 총회(2014)와 노회들은 다음의 결혼 정의를 비준하였다:

결혼은 전 인류 가족의 복리를 위해 온 인류에게 주신 하나님의 선물이다. 결혼은 평생 동안 서로를 사랑하고 지지하겠다는 두 사람 사이- 전통적으로 남자와 여자 사이- 의 고유한 서약을 포함한다. 두 사람을 연합해주는 희생적 사랑은 그들이 교회와 더 큰 공동체 안에서 충실하고 책임있는 구성원들로 살아가도록 지탱해 준다…

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