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New WCRC General Secretary stresses solidarity to bring change

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:11

October 24, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Louisville

One of the main goals the Reverend Christopher Ferguson has as the new general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) is strengthening the common witness of the communion in order to be a greater force for global change.

“It’s the transformation of the church for the transformation of the world,” he said. “The changes that need to be brought, none of us alone can muster the power for those actions. We must consciously seek God’s accompaniment, but we also need each other.”

Aja leaving OGA position

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:43

October 24, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Louisville

Veteran Office of the General Assembly (OGA) staffer Loyda Puig Aja has announced her resignation as director of Ecclesial Ministry and Associate Stated Clerk. She has served the office for almost 23 years.

Services of healing

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Ghana (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 122)

October 24, 2014

Participants in the 2014 Ghana Mission Network, who joined the service of healing at the E.P. Church’s spiritual retreat center in Ho, Ghana. —Joshua Heikkila

Presbyterian News Service

Joshua Heikkila

World Mission mission co-worker

HO, Ghana

Anywhere you go in Ghana these days you’re certain to find services of healing and deliverance given a prominent place in the church. I’m not sure I can explain them adequately, but let’s say that people experiencing suffering — whether it be from sickness, poverty, family problems, infertility, or limitations in school and work — come to these special worship services to be delivered from their troubles. 

From little brown church to little brown mission hub

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:00

‘Team of mission groups’ rises out of ‘suburban ghetto’

October 24, 2014

The Rev. Jeff McCrory —Erin Dunigan

Presbyterian News Service

Erin Dunigan

Reprinted from Los Ranchos Presbytery E-News

LONG BEACH, Calif.

Jeff McCrory admits it is a bit difficult to explain what exactly is happening in the small corner of Long Beach in which he finds himself. But that doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm for how God is at work in this new thing that is coming into being.

In Africa, church leaders responding to climate change locally and globally

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:00

October 24, 2014

Religion News Service

Fredrick Nzwili

NAIROBI, Kenya

As climate change devastates communities in Kenya, church leaders are helping to address the crisis locally while also calling on industrialized nations to own up to their responsibilities for spewing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

‘If not now, when?’

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:00

Conference asks whether the Belhar Confession can help church confess and repent of its racism and be an agent for justice and reconciliation

October 23, 2014

Allan Boesak. —Photo by Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

MONTREAT, N.C.

As the Rev. Allan Boesak rose to give his powerful testimony of his life under the apartheid regime in South Africa and the genesis of the Belhar Confession there, a hushed reverence fell on Montreat Conference Center’s Convocation Hall.

Oremos por Madagascar

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:29

October 23, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

Louisville

Por favor, oremos para pedir paz, justicia y calma en medio de una tensa situación política en  Madagascar.

Marc Ravalomanana regreso a esta nación insular en la mañana del lunes, 13 de Octubre. Ravalomanana fue elegido presidente de este país en el 2001, una vez más en el 2006 y fue depuesto por un golpe militar en marzo del 2009 y ha pasado los últimos cinco años y medio en el exilio.

Una multitud se congregó frente a la casa del ex presidente para darle la bienvenida y para escucharle dar una conferencia ...

On the front lines of the fight against Ebola

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:00

Presbyterian Dr. Jim McAuley reports from Sierra Leone

October 23, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

From Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian minister and medical doctor James “Jim” McAuley has been sent by his employer from Zambia to Sierra Leone. Trained as an infectious disease specialist, McAuley is a member of the Presbytery of Chicago, while his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston Ill. He wrote about his initial experience.

Condolences offered following Jerusalem killing

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:22

October 23, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family whose baby was killed and those whose loved ones were injured when a man slammed his vehicle into pedestrians at a light railway stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday. We mourn over this senseless loss of life and the injuries sustained, and condemn the violent act that also led to the death of the perpetrator. We pray for God’s hand of comfort on all who are grieving, and that the Spirit of peace will fall fresh on the land.

The Reverend Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian ...

‘1001’ grant program is retooled

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00

Changes designed to ‘better serve the movement’

October 23, 2014

1001 “seed grants” have helped start new worshiping communities like Holy Harvest Ground which grows food for low-income neighbors, and provides a range of spiritual and educational ministries for residents in Toledo, Ohio —Grace Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck, Communications Associate for Evangelism and Church Growth

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

The funding arm of the Presbyterian Mission Agency that helps establish New Worshiping Communities is revising its “1001” grant program to better serve the movement.

Pits, Pitfalls, and Possibilities

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:39

October 22, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), preached on the theme “Pits, Pitfalls, and Possibilities” during opening worship of the 2014 Polity Conference on October 19.

Benjamin A. Reist remembered

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:00

SFTS systematic theology professor inspired generations of students

October 22, 2014

The Rev. Benjamin A. Reist —Courtesy of SFTS

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

SAN ANSELMO, Calif.

Benjamin A. Reist, who inspired and challenged generations of students —including this reporter — for five decades as professor of systematic theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary, died peacefully on Sept. 15.  The cause of death was complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease.  He was 87.

Nearly $8 Million Lilly Endowment grant renews work of Louisville Institute

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:00

Grant to advance work with pastors, theological educators, religion scholars, seminaries and churches

October 22, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Chris Wooten

Louisville Seminary Communications Director

LOUISVILLE

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a grant of just under $8 million ($7,993,517) to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to continue the work of the Louisville Institute through 2018. Supported by Lilly since 1990, the Institute has been a national leader in the study of religion and support of pastors and church leaders in North America.

Bishops' debate over gays: Lost in translation?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00

October 22, 2014

Religion News Service

Josephine McKenna

VATICAN CITY

The tug-of-war at the Vatican over calls for the Catholic Church to be more open to gays and cohabiting couples intensified Oct. 16 as conservative bishops sought to rein in or renounce draft language they feared might condone lifestyles not in accord with church teachings.

Hope beyond the walls

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:48

PC(USA) delegation hears words of encouragement in Palestinian camp

October 21, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones, Communications Strategist: Compassion, Peace and Justice

Special to Presbyterian News Service

AIDA, West Bank-Palestine

High concrete walls, barbed wire, deteriorating buildings, and a large, rusty key over an archway are strong reminders of the daily lives of Palestinians at Aida, a refugee camp just north of Bethlehem in the central West Bank. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Moderator Heath Rada traveled to the camp during his recent visit to the Middle East, to get a firsthand look at life inside the walls. 

Meet some of the 2014 Polity Conference attendees—Part 2

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:00

October 21, 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. View some of their reflections shared on Tuesday. The conference runs Oct. 19–21.

Beginning to sound a lot like Christmas

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:00

New Legacy Christmas record extends Presbyterian Women–Living Waters for the World partnership

October 21, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Living Waters for the World

Special to Presbyterian News Service

NASHVILLE

Nashville producer and multi-instrumentalist Melissa DuPuy has created a second Legacy Christmas album that is as stunning as the first. Last year’s Treasured Carols of the Kirk raised more than $100,000 for Living Waters for the World (LWW), a clean water mission of the Synod of Living Waters, and Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering. It featured some of the world’s best instrumentalists and vocalists of the Celtic, Americana and Folk genres.  

SDOP grant recipients announced

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:00

More than $130,000 distributed to 11 self-help projects

October 21, 2014

Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteers, who met with the Self-Development of People Committee. —SDOP photo

Presbyterian News Service

Margaret Mwale

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOS ANGELES

The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) has approved grants totaling $133,270 to 10 self-help projects in the United States. The money is from the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Lutheran Holy Land Bishop Younan to get Canadian peace work award

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:00

October 21, 2014

A teacher and students at Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School in Bethlehem, West Bank. —Elizabeth McHan/ELCJHL

Presbyterian News Service

Peter Kenny

Ecumenical News

GENEVA

Bishop Munib A. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land is to receive a Canadian award for peace work in the Holy Land.

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.

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