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Congregational Ministries Publishing debuts new online catalog

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 06:00

April 18, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP) has gone digital. For the first time, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s publisher of curriculum and other educational resources for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is offering an easy-to-use, online catalog.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance mobilizing to assist the people of Japan and Ecuador

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 13:14

April 17, 2016

—Hikaru Kazushime (flickr.com)

Louisville

Information is still coming in about the devastating effects of the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is organizing a response to help sustain life and restore hope in the coming days.

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day opens in Washington

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:47

Panel discussion takes up racism, class and power

April 15, 2016

Open panel discussion at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church entitled “Diverse Voices: Collective Power.” Left to Right: Hunter Farrell, with World Mission, Conrado Oliviera, Danny Cendejas, Doreen Hicks, Blain Snipstal and Andrew Kang Bartlett with the Presbyterian Hunger Program. —Paul Olson

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day officially kicked off this morning in Washington, with its theme “Lift Every Voice: Racism, Class and Power.” The day-long gathering of over 200 Presbyterians began with a panel discussion of diverse voices on collective power. The panelists, from various professions and parts of the country or world, shared their work and personal stories of oppression and neglect at the hands of corporations, institutions and classes of people. While the stories and backgrounds were different, the message was the same.

PC(USA) seminary news

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 09:30

A compilation of news from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other seminaries

April 15, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

A compilation of news from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seminaries including Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Presbyterian Seminary; and other pertinent seminary news.

J. Herbert Nelson testifies before Senate committee

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:30

Addresses role of environmental policy on access to energy and economic opportunity

April 15, 2016

J. Herbert Nelson.

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson gave testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works this week. The director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of Public Witness spoke on the moral imperative to act on climate. The hearing was held to look at the role of environmental policies on economic opportunity, national security and the moral imperative to act on climate change.

Con respecto a los(as) ancianos(as) gobernantes: llamado como compañeros en el servicio de Cristo

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 13:29

April 14, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Sallie Scheide

Louisville

Cuando me convertí en una anciana gobernante, me acuerdo que las preguntas constitucionales para la ordenación e instalación que realmente resonaron en mí fueron aquellas que hablan de ser compañeros(as) en el servicio de Cristo.

사역 장로에 관하여: 그리스도를 섬기는 일에 협력자들로 부름 받음

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 13:22

April 14, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

샐리 샤이드 (Sallie Scheide)

Louisville

내가 사역 장로가 되는 과정에서 안수및 위임을 위한 헌법 질문들을 받았을 때에 내 마음에 정말 울림이 되었던 질문들은 그리스도를 섬기는 일에 협력자들이 되는 것에 대해 언급하는 질문들이었다.

Regarding ruling elders: called as partners in Christ’s service

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 13:09

April 14, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Sallie Scheide

Louisville

<한국의> <Espaňol> When I became a ruling elder, I recall the constitutional questions for ordination and installation that really resonated with me were those that speak to being partners in Christ’s service.

Mid-Kentucky Presbytery aids PDA program via local service initiative

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:00

Essential hygiene kits assembled with help from congregations

April 14, 2016

PDA collection buckets in the lobby of the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. —Gregg Brekke

Presbyterian News Service

Scott O'Neill

LOUISVILLE

The Mid-Kentucky Presbytery is aiding the PC(USA) Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) program by assembling hygiene kits for use in disaster relief efforts. The effort coincides with Louisville, Kentucky mayor Greg Fischer’s 5th annual Give a Day Week of Service initiative. The 2016 week of service runs April 16-24.

Washburn named interim editor of Presbyterians Today

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 09:15

PC(USA) pastor and long-time PT contributor brings passion for communications

April 14, 2016

Sue Washburn. —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. Sue Washburn has been named interim editor of Presbyterians Today, the award-winning bi-monthly magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) She joins the staff following the departure of former editor, the Rev. Patrick Heery, who accepted a pastoral call at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn, New York.

PC(USA) Mosaic of Peace conference visits Israel and Palestine

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:00

Group asked to accompany region’s Christians in their suffering and hope

April 14, 2016

2016 Mosaic of Peace participants at the Mount of Olives. —Photo courtesy Carl Horton

Presbyterian News Service

Scott O'Neill

LOUISVILLE

For the past week a group of Presbyterians have been witnessing for peace by traveling throughout Israel and Palestine as part of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s 2016 Mosaic of Peace conference. Participants, program coordinator Carl Horton and associate for ecumenical partnerships Kate Taber have been chronicling their experiences on the Peacemaking program’s blog page, Swords into Plowshares

Congregational Ministries Publishing taps Malinda Spencer

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:54

Experienced church educator called to promote and interpret PC(USA) curriculum

April 13, 2016

Malinda Spencer. —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Ruling Elder Malinda Spencer, a Christian educator and a past president of the Presbyterian Association of Resource Centers, has been named associate for Curricula Training and Promotion for the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP). 

California PC(USA) church opens arms to Syrian congregation

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:27

Partnership welcomes ‘brothers and sisters’ in faith into community

April 13, 2016

Tim McCalmont (center left) with the Syrian congregation following their Arabic speaking Easter season worship. He says he is grateful to God for ‘dropping what has become a life of its own into his church’s lap.’ —Courtesy Presbyterian Church of the Covenant

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

When Saousan Jarjour came to Costa Mesa, California, the Rev. Tim McCalmont had no idea impact she would have on him. A young woman from Homs, Jarjour came from Syria to study music at Orange Coast Community College. Its campus is across the street from Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, where McCalmont serves as pastor. Raised Presbyterian, Jarjour showed up in church one Sunday in 2004 and soon after started singing in the choir. 

From resiliency to water issues, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance discusses challenges

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:31

National Response Team annual meeting concludes after full agenda

April 13, 2016

NRT leader Jim Kirk leads a series of exercises on resiliency and renewal. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

ST. LOUIS

The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team (NRT) treats every annual meeting like a family reunion. More than 100 volunteers and team members gather each year for training, worship, sharing and, in many cases, laughter. There are no strangers, just a close group of Presbyterians eager to meet and greet, catch up on travels and occasionally rib one another. 

College leaders share unique approaches to advancing interfaith cooperation

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:00

Presbyterian and Pluralist conference concludes April 7

April 12, 2016

Linda Morgan-Clement and Robert Spach take part in a panel at the Presbyterian & Pluralist conference. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

CHICAGO

Higher education is the oldest form of Presbyterian Church mission beyond the congregation. With its roots tracing back to the Protestant Reformation in 16th century Europe, in the United States the Presbyterian emphasis on higher education dates to the early 1700s with the founding of the College of New Jersey, which later became Princeton University. Today, 56 colleges and universities continue to emphasize their historical relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Humble beginnings yield impressive results for Alabama Earth Care Congregation

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 08:00

Fellowship Presbyterian embodies community service in its earth care ministry

April 12, 2016

—Photo courtesy Fellowship Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian News Service

Scott O'Neill

LOUISVILLE

In October 2013, Fellowship Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Huntsville, Alabama started their witness for earth care conservation by simply changing their light bulbs. In March 2014, they became a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation (ECC). This year they will hold Earth Day worship services as a recertified ECC, which includes an earth care mindset that permeates their congregation and is complemented by an impressive food distribution community outreach program. As PC(USA) Associate for Environmental Ministries, Rebecca Barnes, says, “we recognize that earth care ministries do well to encompass issues of poverty and hunger alleviation, peacemaking, and more. Caring for all in God’s creation include social justice.”

Faith-based organizations voice concerns at UN hearing on HIV

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:00

Advocates say eliminating stigma ‘remains a significant barrier’

April 12, 2016

Special to Presbyterian News Service

World Council of Churches

NEW YORK

Faith-based organizations presented significant input at an April 6, 2016 United Nations civil society hearing in New York City, a prelude to a UN High Level Meeting on HIV in New York on June 8-10.

Timely conference asks, ‘Can Presbyterians do interfaith?’

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:55

‘Presbyterian and Pluralist’ gathering equips colleges and universities for interfaith leadership

April 11, 2016

Rick Ufford-Chase presents during a panel discussion at the Presbyterian & Pluralist conference. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

CHICAGO

As both a panelist and a presenter at Presbyterian & Pluralist: Equipping Presbyterian Colleges and Universities for Interfaith Leadership, ruling elder Rick Ufford-Chase laid bare his soul.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance welcomes 17 National Response Team members

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:31

Group commissioned during NRT annual meeting

April 11, 2016

New members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team are commissioned during an April 7, 2016 ceremony. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

ST. LOUIS

They come from Colorado, Texas, Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, California and more. They are pastors, presbytery executives, elders or simply Presbyterians with a passion to help those in need. The newest members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team were commissioned this past week as part of the PDA NRT’s annual meeting in St. Louis.

Historic Minneapolis church begins large expansion and outreach project

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:59

Westminster Presbyterian Church invests in long-term vision

April 8, 2016

Architect’s rendering of the transition space between the existing sanctuary (left) and new spaces created by the ‘Open Doors Open Futures’ project at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. —Image provided

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

In an effort to meet the needs of a growing urban population, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis has embarked upon a $80 million expansion project to better engage the needs of the city. Several funding streams, including a $35 million commitment from the congregation, have brought the “Open Doors Open Futures” project to life. A community celebration and groundbreaking ceremony will be held this Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 11:15 am. 

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