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Tent of Nations

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:00

Cultivating hope against incredible odds in Palestinian territory

October 30, 2014

Outbuildings at Tent of Nations near Bethlehem. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Special to Presbyterian News Service

BETHLEHEM

Imagine coming to work only to find that the tools and services you use to perform your daily tasks have been taken away. As you look around, you see that your co-workers have everything they need to succeed. That’s how Daoud Nassar feels every day. 

The Reformation was never univocal, says Mexican Reformed theologian

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:00

October 30, 2014

Dan González Ortega's new book, "Theologies of the Protestant Reformation of the XVI and XVII Centuries." —Editorial Casa Unida de Publicaciones S.A. (CUPSA)

Presbyterian News Service

Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency

MEXICO CITY

The Rev. Dan González Ortega presented his book,  Theologies of the Protestant Reformation of the XVI and XVII Centuries, at the Gonzalo Báez-Camargo Methodist Seminary in Mexico City on Oct. 21. The book is published by the Editorial Casa Unida de Publicaciones S.A. (CUPSA).

La IP (EE.UU.) reafirma su compromiso con las personas deportadas a través del movimiento Santuario 2014

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:41

October 30, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Toya Richards Jackson

Directora de Comunicaciones y Secretaria Asistente Permanente

Louisville

La Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) esta y ha estado durante décadas, en la primera línea de protección de los solicitantes de asilo en peligro de deportación. En la actualidad la denominación reafirmó su compromiso al estar de pie en solidaridad con el movimiento Santuario 2014.

La coalición de las comunidades de fe y de inmigración se reunieron en una teleconferencia nacional para destacar la creciente red de congregaciones comprometidas en ofrecer santuario, y desafiar al gobierno de Estados Unidos a detener las deportaciones. Los patrocinadores de la llamada incluyen la IP (EE.UU ...

La oración alrededor del mundo mientras la familia reformada marca días especiales

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:28

October 30, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

Octubre incluye el domingo de Comunión Mundial, Domingo de la Reforma, y el Día de Todos los Santos. Mientras que la Reforma no se trata sólo de la familia reformada de la fe, me gustaría compartir con ustedes lo que algunos de nuestros santos reformados en preparación, están haciendo en el mundo.

El nuevo secretario general de la WCRC hace hincapié en la solidaridad para lograr cambio

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:33

October 29, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Toya Richards

Director of Communications

Louisville

Uno de los principales objetivos que tiene el reverendo Christopher Ferguson como nuevo secretario general de la Comunión Mundial de La Iglesias Reformadas (WCRC) es fortalecer el testimonio común de la comunión con el fin de ser una mayor fuerza para el cambio global. 

«Es la transformación de la iglesia para la transformación del mundo», dijo. «Ninguno de nosotros puede reunir la energía que se necesita para llevar a cabo aquellos cambios. Debemos buscar conscientemente acompañamiento de Dios, pero también necesitamos del uno al otro». 

BOP’s Spencer charts ‘optimistic’ course

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:00

Meeting includes celebration of Frank Maloney’s 40-year career

October 29, 2014

Frank Maloney reflects on his 40-year career with the Board of Pensions. —BOP photo

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

Using language far more theological than his predecessors, new Board of Pensions President Frank Spencer urged the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s pension and healthcare agency to be optimistic, even in the face of volatile health care and stock markets and huge financial pressures in the church.

ACT Alliance elects new moderator, approves new strategic plan

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 09:00

October 29, 2014

Delegates to the ACT Alliance general assembly voting for president. —ACT Alliance photo

Presbyterian News Service

ACT Alliance Communications

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic

Delegates at the ACT Alliance general assembly have elected governing board member Sushant Agrawal leader of the network.

Museum of the Bible aims for timeless name, imagery

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:18

October 29, 2014

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON

Museum of the Bible.

That’s it.

The name of the museum under construction in Washington, D.C., is official.

Aja deja su posición en la Oficina de la Asamblea General

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:57

October 28, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Louisville

La empleada veterana de la Oficina de la Asamblea General (OGA) Loyda Puig Aja ha anunciado su renuncia como directora del ministerio eclesial y Secretaria Asociada Permanente. Ella ha servido a esa oficina por casi 23 años.

Presbytery and synod news

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:00

October 28, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

News briefs from the presbyteries and synods of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Faith Works

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00

New worshiping community starts with ‘wings and a prayer.’

October 28, 2014

New Worshiping Community leader Diane Anderson and her team engaging with people on a street directly behind her church at weekly 'wings and a prayer' service. —Faith Works

Paul Seebeck, Communications Strategist, 1001 New Worshiping Communities

Louisville

When social worker Diane Anderson first heard about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative from her pastor, she couldn’t sleep at night.

 

Aja leaving OGA position-Korean

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:46

October 28, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

OGA의 자리를 떠나는 Aja

OGA의 고참인 Loyda Puig Aja가 에클레시아 사역 책임자 및 정 서기 보조 직위를  사임하기로 발표했다. 그녀는 거의 23년 동안 OGA에서 근무해왔다.

정서기 그래디 파슨스는 “로오댜 아자는 지칠줄 모르고 효과적으로 일을 해내는 동료였습니다. 그녀는 모든 업무와 관계에서 복음에 대한 그녀의 의지를 실증해 보였습니다. 우리는 그녀가 매우 그리울 것이며, 그녀의 미래 사역에 큰 축복이 있기를 위해 기도합니다”라고 말했다.

 아자는 뉴 멕시코 주의 산타페에 위치한 웨스터민스터 장로교의 목사로 청빙을 받은 그녀의 남편 토니 아자와 함께 하기 위해 우리를 떠나게 되었다. 그녀의 사임은 2015년 1월 2일부로 효력이 발생한다.

아자는 다음과 같이 말했다: “내가 OGA를 섬기라는 부름을 받았을 때, 나는 ...

Practicar la hospitalidad en un lugar inhospitalario

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:51

October 28, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Heath K. Rada

Moderador de la 221.ª asamblea general

El Líbano ha recibido una gran cantidad de refugiados de los países vecinos Siria e Irak la cual empequeñece la crisis de la frontera en los Estados Unidos. El Líbano es un país de 4 millones de habitantes; en los últimos tres años ha recibido adicionalmente 1,5 millones de refugiados de Siria y 750.000 refugiados procedentes de Irak. Esto ha aumentado la población del país, que es más pequeño que el estado de Connecticut, en un 50 por ciento. Obviamente, esto pone una enorme presión sobre los recursos de un país que ha tenido sus propios desafíos, incluyendo una guerra civil de 15 años que acaba de terminar en 1990, una serie de ataques terroristas y atentados suicidas y de vez en cuando la ocupación por el vecino durante los últimos 20 años.

Refugees fleeing Iraq Christian torment enter Jordan in droves

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:00

October 28, 2014

Pope Francis attends a meeting with refugees and disabled youths in Bethany beyond the Jordan (river) river in May of this year. —Andrew Medichini/Reuters

Presbyterian News Service

Miko Morelos

Ecumenical News

GENEVA

More than 3,000 Iraqi Christians have fled Mosul and the Nineveh Plain and sought refuge in Jordan in recent days as extremists continue to persecute religious minorities in strife-torn Iraq.

PC(USA), Taiwanese Presbyterians agree on renewed mission and ministry together

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:00

Historic relationship renewed after 10-year hiatus

October 27, 2014

After a decade, PCT and PC(USA) representatives held a reunion Mission Cooperative Conference at Hsin-chu from Oct. 10-15, 2014. —Courtesy of Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Presbyterian News Service

Simon Lin and Lin Yi-ying

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

HSIN-CHU and Taipei, Taiwan

Due to a series of personnel changes and organizational adjustment, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) had not been able to keep an official contact with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) for a decade.

But from Oct.10-15, an historic mission cooperative conference between PC(USA) and PCT in Hsin-chu, reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to further mutual understanding and initiate future cooperation on mission and ministry. 

Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program (PILP) Names Jim Rissler President

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:14

PILP’s COO selected after national search for successor to Jay Hudson

October 27, 2014

Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program (PILP) board of directors has named James G. “Jim” Rissler as its next President  & Chief Executive Officer. Rissler succeeds James L. Hudson, PILP’s CEO since 2003, who plans to retire at the end of 2014.

Con respecto a los ancianos y las ancianas gobernantes: Cómo moderar reuniones

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:13

October 27, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Millie Snyder

Louisville

Como anciano/a gobernante, es posible que se le haya pedido, o se le pedirá, moderar un comité o una reunión. Para algunos de nosotros que no están acostumbrados a liderar reuniones, esta llamada parece aterradora o abrumadora. 

Seventh-day Adventists to decide in 2015 on women’s ordination

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:15

October 27, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

SILVER SPRING, Md.

Seventh-day Adventists opted for a middle-way approach on the divisive issue of women’s ordination on Tuesday (Oct. 14), kicking the question to next year’s worldwide meeting without taking a firm stance either for or against women’s ordination.

WCC launches online survey on theology schools to probe climate justice

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00

October 27, 2014

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches News

GENEVA

A new online survey supported by the World Council of Churches (WCC) aims to promote the study of issues such as the environment, climate change and food security as part of the training of future pastors, priests and other Christian leaders.

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.”

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