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Presbyterian Foundation adds new service for churches and ministries

7 hours 4 min ago

March 27, 2015

The Presbyterian Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of the Planned Giving Navigator as a service to churches and other ministries involved in beginning or enhancing a stewardship and generosity program.

Churches grieve Germanwings tragedy

8 hours 53 min ago

Churches grieve Germanwings tragedy

March 27, 2015

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) has received with grief the news of a serious plane accident in the French Alps. 

Changes coming to PC(USA) ordination exams

9 hours 53 min ago

March 27, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Tim Cargal

Manager of Preparation for Ministry

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee charged with preparing ordination exams has approved changes to administration procedures for the tests, complying with assignments it was given by the General Assembly.

At its annual meeting March 9–14 in Atlanta, the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations for Candidates (PCC) voted to expand the time parameters for three exam areas and give presbyteries the option to incorporate oral examination components as part of online tests. The changes take effect with July exams.

Obama to host Pope Francis at White House in September

11 hours 53 min ago

March 27, 2015

Religion News Service

David Gibson

WASHINGTON, DC

President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during the pontiff’s U.S. visit in September to “continue the dialogue … on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday (March 26).

Stillman College Inaugurates Peter Millet as its Sixth President

14 hours 53 min ago

March 27, 2015

Dr. Peter Millet —Courtesy of Peter Millet

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rhashell Hunter

Director, Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries

Tuscaloosa, Al

Dr. Peter Millet was inaugurated as the sixth president of Stillman College, a historically Presbyterian racial ethnic college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last week. Representatives from the Stillman College board of trustees, local and county governments, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the higher education community, and the Tuscaloosa community were present to celebrate. 

Out with the old, in with the new

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:55

New PC(USA) denominational children’s curriculum Growing in Grace & Gratitude succeeding We Believe

March 26, 2015

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff

Associate for Promotions

Louisville

A new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum is succeeding the long-standing denominational curriculum We Believe: God’s Word for God’s People.

Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials accountable

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00

March 26, 2015

Central Americans awaiting processing in McAllen Texas after crossing the border into the U.S. —Hector Silva

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOS ANGELES, Ca

For centuries, artists have taken to the canvas to create their version of the guardian angel, a larger-than-life figure that watches and protects. These celestial beings are often depicted hovering above with outstretched arms, with small children nearing the edge of a cliff or crossing an old bridge with rushing water below. 

Morning by morning

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:45

March 25, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Larissa Kwong Abazia

Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly

I am struck even more so by these verses and hymn as I face my diagnosis with breast cancer. The prognosis is good and I have already started chemotherapy as the first measure in this healing process. There is also surgery and treatments to face in the future as well. But I find myself taking things one step at a time, getting more attune to the needs of my body and the surprises that each new day may bring.

Grawemeyer Award winner Willie James Jennings to discuss race and theology at Louisville Seminary April 15

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:00

March 25, 2015

Willie James Jennings, 2015 Grawemeyer Award Winner —Courtesy of Louisville Seminary

Louisville Seminary

Chris Wooton

Director of Communications

LOUISVILLE

Why has Christianity, a religion based on love, failed in its attempts to heal racial division? The Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, winner of the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Religion, will address that question during his sermon, "A God Who Joins," and his Grawemeyer lecture, "How Should We See Race," both of which will take place Wednesday, April 15, in Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Jennings will deliver his sermon during the 11:30 a.m. chapel service and his Grawemeyer lecture at 7 p.m. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

Keynote address at Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day explores relevance of church in reducing mass incarceration

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:00

March 25, 2015

Gail Tyree, long-time activist, will be one of the keynote speakers at CPJ Training Day April 17 in Washington D.C. —Courtesy of Gail Tyree

Presbyterian News Service

Scott O’Neill

LOUISVILLE

What is the role—and relevance — of the church in reducing the problem of mass incarceration in today’s society? Noted activist Gail Tyree will explore that in her keynote address at the upcoming Compassion Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day in Washington, D.C. on April 17th.

I and Thou at Ghost Ranch

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00

March 25, 2015

John Philip and Ali Newell —Courtesy of John Philip and Ali Newell

Ghost Ranch

Becky A. Chamberlain

Faith Community Liaison

ABIQUIU, NM

During July 6-12, John Philip and Ali Newell and Nahum Ward-Lev will join in a special week of teaching from one of the most important spiritual texts of the 20th century, I and Thou, by the Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber. The program is open to students and seekers of all ages.

Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:01

March 24, 2015

World Council of Churches

Geneva, Switzerland

This Lenten season, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches to pray on Sunday 29 March for those affected by wars in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. The season of prayer is meant to revive hope from hopelessness, taking into account the vulnerability of minority communities and the threat of losing the diversity of the social fabric in this region. 

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation announces new titles for Executive Staff members

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:45

March 24, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Melody K. Smith

LOUISVILLE

Effective March 30, the position titles for Alicia Samuels and Laura Cheifetz will change to be Vice President of eCommerce and Marketing and Vice President of Church and Public Relations, respectively.

Columbia Seminary’s William Brown to Teach at Ghost Ranch

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00

March 24, 2015

William P. Brown —Courtesy of William P. Brown

Ghost Ranch

Becky A. Chamberlain

Faith Community Liaison

ABIQUIU, NM

William P. Brown, a William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, will teach his first course at Ghost Ranch June 15-20, 2015. 

Dreaming of a church with no steeples, buildings

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:39

Pastor following vision wonders “Where will Farm Church end up?”

March 23, 2015

Ben Johnston-Krase’s children (left to right), Sylvia, age 11 Ezgihaye, age 6, Meheret, age 8 are excited about Farm Church, but they wonder where it will be and where they go to school this fall? —Ben Johnston-Krase

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

Pastor Ben Johnston-Krase wonders where the church he has been called to is going to be, where his 6-, 8-, and 11-year-old daughters will go to school.

GA Vice Moderator facing new challenge with cancer diagnosis - Kor

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:36

March 23, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Louisville

암 진단으로 인해 새로운 도전을 맞고 있는 부총회장

토야 리차드 잭슨, 커뮤니케이션 담당자 및 정서기 보조

제 221차 미국 장로교 총회 부회장인 Larissa Kwong Abazia 목사가 암 진단을 받았다.

그녀는 그녀가 섬기고 있는 뉴욕 퀸즈 First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills에게 보내는 서신을 통해 “나는 지난 몇 주 동안 일련의 진단 검사를 받은 후 유방 암에 걸렸다는 것을 알게 되었습니다. 나는 여러분들 중 많은 분들도 암에 걸렸거나 암에 걸린 자들을 지지해 주고 있다는 것을 알고 있습니다. 이때에 여러분들이 저를 위해 드리는 기도는 저에게 정말 소중한 것이 될 것입니다”라고 말했다.

Kwong Abazia 목사는 뉴저지 태생이며, Rutgers 대학 및 프린스톤 신학교를 ...

Overcoming the Odds

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:00

PC(USA) financial aid opens doors for Sri Lankan American college student, Justin Botejue

March 23, 2015

Justin Botejue —Johanna Buxton

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Communication Strategist

LOUISVILLE

Smiling broadly from the news feed on his Facebook page, Justin Botejue—a junior at the PC(USA)-related Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington—proudly stands beside such top political leaders as Attorney General Eric Holder and Washington state Governor Jay Inslee.

Year D at Ghost Ranch

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00

March 23, 2015

Ghost Ranch

Becky A. Chamberlain

Faith Community Liaison

ABIQUIU, NM

Timothy Slemmons, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, will lead a program at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center the week of June 1-7, 2015:  Gathering the Fragments: Stewardship of the Word After the Lectionary Feast. This program is designed for experienced pastors who are weary of preaching from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), as well as newly-minted lay preachers and seasoned Sunday school teachers.

GA Vice Moderator facing new challenge with cancer diagnosis

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:40

March 20, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Louisville

The Reverend Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has been diagnosed with cancer.

“I have learned that I have breast cancer after a series of diagnostic tests in the past several weeks. I will be starting chemotherapy on March 24,” she said in a letter to the congregation she serves as pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills in Queens, New York.

“I know many of you have faced cancer or supported those who have gone through cancer.  I value all of your prayers at this time.”

What same-sex marriage means to Presbyterians

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:23

Amid shouts of joy and cries of lament, some Presbyterians stop to take stock of the newest amendment to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Constitution

March 20, 2015

Observers at the Authoritative Interpretation vote during plenary at 221st General Assembly. —Michael Whitman

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Patrick D. Heery

With contributions from Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

The Presbytery of the Palisades cast its vote in favor of an amendment to the PC(USA) Constitution that would change the description of marriage from being between “a man and a woman” to being between “two people.” In doing so, it had become the 86th presbytery to cast an affirmative vote, providing the majority needed among 171 presbyteries to approve the change. 

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