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Lamenting the police killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa - Korean

9 hours 9 min ago

September 28, 2016

Facebook picture of Terence Crutcher

Office of the General Assembly

J Herbert Nelson II

Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

툴사에서 경찰에게 사살된 테렌스 크럿쳐를 애도하며:

무장하지 않은 또 하나의 아프리카계 흑인이 사살되다

여호와여, 언제까지 나를 잊으시겠습니까?
영원히 잊으실 작정이십니까?
나에게 주의 얼굴을 언제까지 숨기시겠습니까?
내가 언제까지 번민하며 하루 종일 슬퍼해야 합니까?
언제까지 내 원수들이 나를 이기겠습니까?
시편 13:1–2 (KLB, 현대인의 성경)

오클라호마 주 툴사에서 무장하지 않은 40세의 아프리카계 미국인 남성이 경찰총에 맞는 또 하나의 경찰카메라 동영상이 공개되었습니다. 총을 쏜 사람은 백인 여성이었습니다. 툴사 경찰서장 척 조르단은 9월 16일 툴사 경찰이 그를 사살하였을 때에 테렌스 크럿처는 무기를 소지하고 있지 않았으며 자동차 트렁크에서도 발견할 수 없었음을 시인하였습니다. 다시 한 번 또 하나의 아프리카계 미국인 가족이 경찰의 손에 의하여 사랑하는 ...

Former Evangelical Megachurch Pastor Argues Against “Clobber Passages” After Being Fired For His LGBTQ Stance

12 hours 1 min ago

September 28, 2016

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, KY

While seeking to align his head with his heart—and getting fired for doing so—Pastor Colby Martin discovered how the church has misused the Bible to falsely condemn the LGBTQ community. UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality argues against the six “clobber” passages often used to oppress LGBTQ individuals. 

Please pray for peace and justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 13:13

September 26, 2016

World Mission

Congolese security forces clashed with demonstrators in the nation’s capital, Kinshasa, on Monday reportedly killing dozens. Further protests erupted in Kinshasa and around the country over the next several days. These seem likely to continue—or even intensify—as President Joseph Kabila nears the end of his second term of office without calling a national election to choose his successor.

In this season: GA222 Co-Moderator reflections

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 18:56

September 25, 2016

Join Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as they share weekly reflections regularly in this video blog. This week Denise visits the Children's Defense Fund, Alex Haley Farm. Please view and share.

Presbyterians and other faith leaders believe peace and reconciliation are possible in Colombia, despite three generations of war and trauma - Korean

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 06:08

September 23, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Bogotá, Colombia

지난 3세대 동안의 전쟁과 충격에도 불구하고 콜롬비아에 평화와 화해는 가능하다고 장로교인들과 타 종교 지도자들은 믿는다

Presbyterians and other faith leaders believe peace and reconciliation are possible in Colombia, despite three generations of war and trauma 

콜롬비아 북서쪽 우라바 지역에 위치한 집에 거주하는 헤수스 바르가스 쿠에스타는 50년 이상 진행된 전쟁을 치루며 살인, 유괴, 강간, 그리고 거대한 변화들을 경험하였다.

우라바 지역은 전쟁의 최전방으로서 마약과 무기 거래, 게릴라 훈련, 그리고 준 군사적인 움직임으로 드러난 복잡한 전쟁속의 변화된 지형이다.  

그는 전한다, “우라바는 두 개의 시간, 두 개의 폭력으로 나뉘어 집니다.” 바라가스는 말하기를 1984-1994년도는 무장된 게릴라에 의한 “바나나 노동자들 단체 학살기간”이었고 1996년도는 “준 군사적 ...

Presbyterians and other faith leaders believe peace and reconciliation are possible in Colombia, despite three generations of war and trauma

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:15

September 22, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Bogotá, Colombia

On Friday, September 16, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos applauded the efforts of Presbyterians and other faith communities during a large interfaith gathering he hosted. And, he called on the faith community to continue its work for peace and reconciliation, work he said has inspired him.

“I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he told the crowd of about 150 faith leaders and others. The presence of the faith community is “an injection of energy in and for me to continue this process.”

While many in Colombia favor the peace accord, a large percentage of the population oppose it. A key leader in the opposition movement is former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, who served from 2002 to 2010.

Presbytery of Charlotte issues call to prayer and witness

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:10

A Call to Prayer and Witness

September 22, 2016

Charlotte, North Carolina

Dear Pastors and Clerks of Session,

On behalf of the Presbytery of Charlotte, we are heartbroken and distressed at the events that transpired on September 20, 2016 surrounding the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. We pray God’s comfort on all those who grieve for him this day. We also grieve the subsequent violence that followed. We pray for the healing of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officers and any citizens that were injured. May God guide us to peaceful protests and peace in our city.

As Presbyterians, we not only pray, but we stand with those who hurt. We are ...

Lamenting the police killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 09:50

Another unarmed African American man killed

September 20, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

J Herbert Nelson II

Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

Another video has emerged on a police dash camera showing Tulsa, Oklahoma, police shooting an unarmed forty-year-old African American male. The shooter was a white female. Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan admitted that there was no gun found on Terence Crutcher’s person or in his truck when Tulsa Police killed him on September 16th. Once again, another African American family mourns the loss of a loved one at the hands of police. The sounds of anger and lament are heard throughout our nation in various African American communities and others as this theme of death at the hands of those called to protect and serve continues in our country.

Con respecto a los ancianos/as gobernantes: Los ancianos/as gobernantes y los asuntos de personal

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 05:53

September 20, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Elaine Barnett

Louisville

Al considerar la necesidad de un comité de personal, el consistorio debe reflexionar sobre el tamaño de la congregación, el consistorio, y el personal. Aunque ya no está especificado dentro del Libro de Orden, es oportuno recordar la orientación de una antigua versión de nuestra Constitución que decía  «El consistorio ... tiene la responsabilidad de ... proveer para la administración del programa de la iglesia, incluyendo el empleo de personal no ordenado, dando atención a la aplicación de igualdad de oportunidad de empleo, prácticas de empleo justas, políticas de personal, y la revisión anual de una compensación adecuada para todo el personal, incluyendo a todas las personas empleadas;” (G-10.0102n, edición 2009-2011)[1].

Con respecto a los/as ancianos/as gobernantes: los/as ancianos/as gobernantes y la oración

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 05:41

September 20, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Zeena Regis

Louisville

Una presunción religiosa común es que la gente sólo recurre a la oración en momentos de dificultad y desesperación. Cuando era capellana de hospicio, me di cuenta que esa idea era errónea. A menudo, el dolor y el sufrimiento parecen sofocar la propia capacidad para conectarse con Dios en la oración. La oración puede parecer abrumadora e insuficiente cuando el trauma ha atravesado el alma. A menudo me llaman para ayudar a las personas en estos tiempos de desconexión espiritual.

Con respecto a los/as ancianos/as gobernantes: Fe y trabajo

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 05:29

September 20, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Therese Howell

Louisville

Ser llamada a servir como anciana gobernante es un honor y una responsabilidad. Un honor porque un oficial del comité de nominaciones ve dones y habilidades en una persona, y esas habilidades y dones reflejan y apoyan la responsabilidad del servicio al ministerio ordenado en la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.). Si bien puede parecer obvio, ¡la fe es un don y una habilidad necesaria para el servicio en el ministerio ordenado!

Presbytery leader training event energizes a larger-than-expected crowd

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:56

September 19, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Des Moines, Iowa

Leaders from about two dozen presbyteries across the country gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, August 26–27, for the trial run of a new kind of training event. Called, “Practical Presbytery Leadership Training: Teamwork for Changing Times,” the conference was designed to equip teams of people to meet the diverse leadership needs of their presbyteries, especially presbyteries in the midst of change.

“I was hoping for maybe 25 people, and we ended up with 100,” says Sue Krummel, director for mid council relations for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of the General Assembly, which sponsored the event, and the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She says the conference drew participants from as far away as Texas and California.

Secretario Permanente de la IP (EE.UU.) envía carta de apoyo a la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia con respecto a los acuerdos de paz

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 15:30

September 15, 2016

News Release

Louisville

Queridas hermanas y hermanos de la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, 

¡Que la gracia y la paz estén con ustedes en nombre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo!

Nos regocijamos con la posibilidad de paz en su país, que ha vivido en guerra desde hace más de cincuenta años. El acuerdo de paz resuelto por el gobierno de Colombia y las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) es un paso histórico después de cuatro años de negociaciones detalladas. El proceso que se describe es sin duda imperfecto, como inevitablemente son todos los planes humanos. Todav ...

PC(USA) Stated Clerk sends letter of support to Presbyterian Church of Colombia in the wake of peace accord

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 15:25

September 15, 2016

News Release

Louisville

전쟁으로 50년이 넘게 살아온 귀하의 나라에 평화의 조짐이 있음을 우리는 기뻐합니다. 콜롬비아 정부와 콜롬비아 혁명군(FARC) 게릴라 사이에서 평화협정과 앞으로 4년간의 자세한 협상을 이룬 것은 역사적인 단계입니다. 

인간들의 모든 계획이 그렇듯이 이 과정의 테두리는 불완전함이 확실합니다. 더 많고도 어려운 일들이 앞으로 펼쳐져 있고 평화의 길을 가기 위하여 그리스도의 교회는 많은 것을 제공할 수 있습니다. 금년 초에 여러분이 평화를 이루기 위한 새로운 정책으로 다음과 같이 기록하였습니다, “교회의 태도가 구경꾼이 되어서는 안 되고 적극적으로 평화를 위해 최선을 다해야 한다.” 

J. Herbert Nelson casts a vision for the denomination in sermon to PMAB

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 07:58

September 15, 2016

News Release

Louisville

On Tuesday night Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II preached during the opening worship of the Presbyterian Mission Agency board meeting. Using Romans 8 and 9 as his text, he challenged the group to work beyond agencies and silos and be one church committed to transforming lives. View and share the video of the full sermon.

사역 장로에 관하여: 믿음과 업무

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 07:20

September 15, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Therese Howell

Louisville

사역 장로로의 부르심은 영광이면서 동시에 책임이다. 공천 위원회가 어떤 사람 안에 있는 은사들(gifts)과 능력들(skills)을 발견하는 것은 그 사람에게 영광이며, 그러한 능력들과 은사들은 미국 장로교 직제 사역자들의 책임을 반영하며 지원한다. 

Regarding ruling elders: faith and work

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 07:05

September 15, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Therese Howell

Louisville

<한국의> Calling to service as a ruling elder is both an honor and a responsibility. An honor that an officer nominating committee sees gifts and skills in a person, and those skills and gifts reflect and support the responsibility of service to ordered ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). While it may seem obvious, faith is a necessary gift and skill for service in ordered ministry!

PC(USA) Stated Clerk sends letter of support to Presbyterian Church of Colombia in the wake of peace accord

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:26

September 13, 2016

News Release

Louisville

We rejoice at the prospect of peace for your country that has lived at war for more than fifty years. The peace accord reached by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia—FARC) guerrillas is a historic step, the culmination of four years of detailed negotiations. The process it outlines is surely imperfect, as all human plans inevitably must be. Much more hard work lies ahead, further steps on the path of peace, and Christ’s church will have much to offer along the way. As you wrote in your new policy for peacemaking earlier this year, “The attitude of the church cannot be of spectator, it must be actively committed to peace.”

 

Presbyterian Foundation announces new board leadership

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:47

September 1, 2016

The Presbyterian Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen C. Kelly from Lexington, Kentucky, as our new Board of Trustees chair and Rev. Eustacia Moffett Marshall from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as vice-chair.

Kelly is executive vice president, Marketing and Sales at Central Bank. First elected to the board in 2012, Kelly was renominated for a second four-year term at this year’s 222nd General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Portland. Kelly also serves on the board of directors for the Foundation’s subsidiary corporation, New Covenant Trust Company. He is ...

Former Prosecutor Examines Capital Punishment by Putting Jesus on Trial in New Book

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 04:00

August 30, 2016

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, KY

Juxtaposing things we rarely put together, like the passion of Christ and our ideas about capital punishment, Mark Osler explores an active engagement between Jesus and our contemporary law and culture in his new book, Prosecuting Jesus.

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