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Behind closed doors?

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 14:34

With the film Fifty Shades of Grey hitting theaters this weekend, it’s time to speak up: sexual violence is not entertainment.

February 13, 2015

Shannon Beck

Presbyterian World Mission

LOUISVILLE

I’ve had it. This time we cannot roll our eyes, snicker under our breath, or defer to that great US colloquialism: “what two people do behind closed doors is up to them.” 100,000,000 paperback copies and a big screen movie have flung those doors wide open, friends.

Prayer in response to the murder of three Chapel Hill students

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:47

February 13, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), offers a prayer in response to the murder of Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha on Tuesday, February 10, 2015:


Holy most merciful God.

Our hearts are heavy as we, the living, attempt to find some semblance of reason in the murder of three young students: Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Around the world songs of prayer and laments of grief go up from followers of the Abrahamic faiths and from people of good ...

Amid criticism, Nigeria postpones presidential election, citing ongoing violence by Boko Haram

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:00

February 13, 2015

Religion News Service

Fredrick Nzwili

Nigeria’s election commission has postponed national elections for six weeks saying it would not be able to provide security for voters in the northeast region of the country most affected by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Con Respecto a los/as Ancianos/as Gobernantes: El ministerio sin liderazgo pastoral instalado

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:16

February 13, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Kerry Rice

Louisville

Hace unos años, el consistorio y los miembros de la iglesia a la que asisto en Louisville, Kentucky, se encontró sin liderazgo pastoral instalado. La disolución de los términos de la llamada sucedió en circunstancias difíciles.

사역 장로에 대하여 : 위임 목회 리더십이 없는 사역

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:50

February 13, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

케리 라이스

Louisville

몇 년 전에, 내가 참석하고 있으며 켄터키 루이빌에 위치한 교회의 당회와 성도들은 위임 목회 리더십을 상실했다. 어려운 상황 속에서 목회 관계 해소가 이루어졌다.

Regarding ruling elders: ministry without installed pastoral leadership

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:27

February 13, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Kerry Rice

Louisville

<한국의> <Espaňol> A few years ago, the session and members of the church I attend in Louisville, Kentucky, found itself without installed pastoral leadership. And the dissolution of the terms of call occurred under difficult circumstances.

Upcoming advocacy training to focus on mass incarceration and systems of exploitation

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:00

Registration now open for April event in Washington

February 13, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The annual Compassion, Peace, and Justice Advocacy Training Weekend will take place April 17–20 in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 faith advocates, including 200 Presbyterians, come each year to the nation’s capital to focus on issues of national and international importance.

In the midst of turmoil, hope still survives

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 20:15

February 12, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Heath K. Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assemby

Louisville

Although I had been to a number of countries in Africa in past years, these past two weeks provided my first visit to South Sudan and Ethiopia. I found both countries to be filled with unique beauty—both in natural surroundings and particularly in the eyes and spirit of the people.

I witnessed many challenges, including those at a refugee tent city I visited. Thousands of families were living in these tents because they had to flee from their homes and communities in Sudan due to safety. Political struggles, religious differences, and tribal affiliations were all sources of division and ...

Parking spat as motive for triple murder? N.C. Muslims don’t buy it

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:00

February 12, 2015

A woman places flowers near a building where three young Muslims were killed on Tuesday, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 11, 2015. —Courtesy of REUTERS/Chris Keane

Religion News Service

Yonat Shimron

DURHAM, NC

Preliminary police reports describe a long-simmering dispute over parking as the motive for the killings of three Muslim students at a Chapel Hill condominium Tuesday (Feb. 10).

Presbyterian Historical Society offers new digitization services

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:45

February 12, 2015

Presbyterian Historical Society

Fred Tangeman

Development Associate

Philadelphia

“Microfilm is dead,” joked David Staniunas, records archivist at the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS). Then, “Long live microfilm.”

PHS’s new Digital Reformatting Program provides congregations and mid councils with digital copies of their paper records instead of microfilm—the society’s duplication method for the previous sixty years. But that doesn’t mean the society is finished with microfilm. It recently purchased a second digital microfilm reader that allows in-house researchers to view, scan, print, and share from its extensive microfilm holdings of records, correspondence, and publications.

Kathy Dawson Honored; Unveils New Initiative

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 07:30

February 11, 2015

Columbia Theological Seminary

Mashaun D. Simon

Program Coordinator for Advanced Professional Studies

Kathy Dawson, associate professor of Christian Education was honored February 5, 2015 as the 2015 recipient of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Educator of the year award.

Stated Clerk Writes Letter Opposing H.R. 399, Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015 (Korean)

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:29

February 10, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

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

Louisville

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has written a letter in opposition of H.R. 399, Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015. This bill denies the value and dignity of persons who find themselves caught up in immigration enforcement and perpetuates a years-long enforcement-only strategy that must end.

Read the text of the letter below.

Stated Clerk Writes Letter Opposing H.R. 399, Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:11

February 10, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

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

Louisville

<한국의> The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has written a letter in opposition of H.R. 399, Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015. This bill denies the value and dignity of persons who find themselves caught up in immigration enforcement and perpetuates a years-long enforcement-only strategy that must end.

A Great Man Died Today

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:30

Obituary for Samuel Hugh Moffett

February 10, 2015

Dr. Samuel Hugh Moffett —Courtesy of Princeton Theological Seminary

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Sung-Deuk Oak

LOUISVILLE

Samuel Hugh Moffett (April 7, 1916-February 9, 2015) passed peacefully at his home in Princeton, NJ, on February 9, 2015, with Eileen Flower by his side, after a long life of loving kindness, faithfulness, and unwavering hope in his missionary service and scholarly works.

World Council of Churches mourns the death of Leopoldo J. Niilus

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:00

February 10, 2015

Leopoldo J. Niilus —WCC Archives

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) mourns the death of Leopoldo J. Niilus, former director of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), renowned lawyer, peace negotiator and author of several writings on human rights and international affairs.

The best birthday gift ever

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:00

February 10, 2015

Harry Pickens

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Harry Pickens

LOUISVILLE

I turned 55 a couple of weeks ago. My personal assistant, Ellie, who is a former college student of mine, kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday. I really didn't know. At a certain point in life, your hunger for material things really begins to dissipate, and I really didn't want anything in particular except to enjoy a day of quiet celebration, joyful connection, and peace of mind.

‘Their history is also ours’

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:00

Presbyterian staff and visitors commemorate African American History Month

February 10, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

LOUISVILLE

To commemorate African American History Month, staff members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined visitors in celebrating former and future African American leaders in the church and across the world during a recent worship service at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. 

“We are here today because African Americans have made — and continue to make — significant contributions to the history of our church and society,” said Nancy Benson-Nicol, associate for theological education funds development in the PC(USA). “It’s important that we remember them and realize that this is a shared history — that their history is also ours ...

Hope — but then horror

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:00

For some seeking a better life, the path to America can lead to unspeakable terror and suffering.

February 9, 2015

Children at a school run by a PC(USA) mission partner wave flags of welcome to group traveling with Voices from the Border and Beyond. —Paul Seebeck

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR

This is the fifth article in the series “Voices from the border and beyond.”

Our group of 15 Presbyterians traveling on the Voices from the Border and Beyond (Jan. 23 – Feb. 1) seminar is greeted by Salvadoran children singing — and waving U.S. and Salvadoran flags.

Our New Day Begun (#2 in a series)

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:00

Stories of young African-American leaders from across the PC(USA)

February 9, 2015

Rev. Jerrod B. Lowry —Courtesy of Jerrod Lowry

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rev. Tawnya Denise Anderson

LOUISVILLE

In honor of African-American History Month, Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries is collaborating with the Rev. Tawnya Denise Anderson, pastor at Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, Md., to lift up stories of young African-American leaders from across the PC(USA). Over the coming weeks, Anderson’s blog, “SOULa Scriptura,” will run a special series titled “Our New Day Begun” to highlight the stories of African-Americans who are leading the charge in shaping the church’s future.

‘What are Presbyterians, anyway?’

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 07:00

March 3 webinar to explore ‘grace and gratitude’ theme

February 9, 2015

Charles Wiley —Theology, Worship, and Education photo

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

“What Are Presbyterians, Anyway? Exploring Grace and Gratitude as Presbyterian Identity,” a free webinar hosted by the Company of New Pastors, will be offered March 3 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

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