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Presbyterian churches continue to struggle with winter storm damage in the Northeast

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:00

March 10, 2015

First Presbyterian Church of Worcester, MA suffered damage from the heavy snows. —Judy and Gary Margolin

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

New Englanders were hopeful the end of February would mean an end to the onslaught of heavy snow and freezing temperatures. But hopes continued to be dashed the first week of March with more snow and more problems for the churches and businesses in the region. With more than 100 inches falling in the last several weeks, communities continue to move closer to the all-time record amount of snowfall for a single season.

Pope Francis nearly as popular as St. John Paul II among US Catholics

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:00

March 9, 2015

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON, DC

A Pew Research survey released Thursday (March 5) finds the pontiff rates a 90 percent “very” or “mostly favorable” rating among U.S. Roman Catholics. For Mass-attending Catholics, it’s a stratospheric 95 percent total positive rating.

Presbyterians respond to the mass incarceration crisis

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 07:46

CPJ Training Day workshop offers grassroots strategies for change

March 9, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

 Three years ago, the Presbyterian Health Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA) convened a gathering of Presbyterians and members of other faith traditions to develop a network that would address issues arising from our nation’s criminal justice system. The result was the establishment of the Presbyterian Criminal Justice Network (PCJN). 

Historian and theologian tapped to lead Presbyterian Historical Society - Korean

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 05:19

March 9, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Philadelphia

역사학자 겸 신학자가 장로교 역사 학회를 이끌도록 임명되다

토야 리차드 잭슨, 커뮤니케이션 담당자 겸 정서기 보조

베쓰 헤셀 (Beth Hessel) 목사가 장로교 역사 학회(PHS)의 새로운 총 책임자 및 미국 장로교 교회 자료 및 역사부서의 책임자로 임명되었다.

미국 장로교 정서기인 그래디 파슨스는 다음과 같이 말한다: “베쓰 헤셀은 역사와 신학을 아주 훌륭하게 조합할 줄 아는 사람입니다. 그녀는 하나님께서 우리 과거에 행하신 일과, 하나님께서 미래에 우리를 불러 행하게 하시는 것이 무엇인지를 사람들이 들을 수 있도록 돕고자 하는 일에 남다른 열정을 지니고 있습니다.”

헤셀은 필라델피아에 위치하고 있는 장로교 역사학회의 모든 운영들과 프로그램들에 대한 책임을 맡게 될 것이며, 미국 장로교의 역사를 수집하고 보존하며 ...

COTE marks and celebrates membership and staff transitions

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:00

February meeting of the Committee on Theological Education undertook full agenda

March 6, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

PRINCETON, NJ

The Committee on Theological Education (COTE)—which was hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary and its president Craig Barnes February 24–26—opened its February meeting by recognizing the departure of several committee and staff members, while also welcoming a new Presbyterian Mission Agency staff member in support of its mission. 

The road from Selma was paved with the blood of four unsung martyrs

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:00

March 6, 2015

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

They were just four of the thousands of Americans who came to Selma 50 years ago, heeding the call of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for people of conscience to join in protesting the plight of African-Americans in Alabama at the height of the civil rights movement.

Ferncliff Camp to host Responding to School Violence conference

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:00

Thanks to PDA partnership, will expand its “healing camp” ministry for survivors of school gun violence.

March 6, 2015

Students from Westside and Columbine gather at Ferncliff for healing camp— as survivors of mass school shooting comforted by one another, and perfect strangers saying to them, ‘you are in pain, I am with you.' —Courtesy of Ferncliff

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LITTLE ROCK, AR

Since 1998, after a mass shooting occurred in their community at Westside Middle School, Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center has hosted numerous healing camps for children and youth affected by school gun violence.

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation soliciting applications for leadership development opportunity for racial/ethnic seminarians

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:00

March 5, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation

LOUISVILLE

The Robert W. Bohl Racial/Ethnic Leadership Program provides a seminarian the opportunity to explore publishing as a ministry by serving for ten weeks in the summer at the office of Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC).  

Presbyterian Association of Musicians Announces Internship Grant Recipients

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:00

March 5, 2015

Presbyterian Association of Musicians

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Association of Musicians announced today the recipients of its first PAM Internship Grants for Churches. 

The long, hard battle against human trafficking

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 07:00

Presbyterians to get an update in D.C.

March 5, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

WASHINGTON, DC

It has been called modern-day slavery and has not only deprived people of their human rights, but is increasing health risks and fueling the growth of organized crime, according to church leaders. One of the issues to take center stage at the upcoming CPJ/ Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference in April will be human trafficking.

Engage deepens understanding of the gospel

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:00

Encourages church leaders to build relationships beyond church

March 4, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

At a recent speaking engagement at the Presbyterian Mission Agency, evangelism coordinator Ray Jones asked a group of church leaders what their hearts were breaking over in their communities.

Historian and theologian tapped to lead Presbyterian Historical Society

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:51

March 4, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Philadelphia

The Reverend Beth Hessel has been named the new executive director of the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) and director for church records and history for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

“Beth Hessel brings a wonderful combination of a historian and a theologian,” said the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA). “She has an engaging enthusiasm that helps people hear what God has done in our past and what God is calling us to in our future.”

Hessel will be responsible for all operations and programs of the Presbyterian Historical Society, which is based in Philadelphia and tasked with collecting, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the story of American Presbyterianism with mid councils, congregations, and individuals. PHS functions within the PC(USA)’s Office of the General Assembly, led by the Stated Clerk.

Stated Clerk Writes Letter Opposing the Protection of Children Act and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:24

March 4, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

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

Louisville

Today (March 4), the House Judiciary Committee is holding a mark-up session on two bills that, if passed, would take away crucial protections to unaccompanied children arriving in the United States. The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), wrote this letter to the House in opposition of these dangerous bills.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox women make uphill battle for parliament

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:00

March 4, 2015

Religion News Service

Michele Chabin

USA Today

JERUSALEM

Israel’s first political party created by ultra-Orthodox Jewish women is running a novel campaign for parliament: no media ads or endorsements by key rabbinical authorities, just word-of-mouth recommendations and faith.

Who’s watching all that Christian media? Christians, but not many others

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00

March 3, 2015

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

All the preaching, teaching, music and entertainment beamed by Christian TV and radio is primarily consumed by evangelicals and weekly churchgoers — the folks most often found in the pews. Meanwhile, 2 in 3 Americans are tuned out, a new survey finds.

Pamela Cooper-White to Join Faculty of Union Theological Seminary

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00

March 3, 2015

Columbia Theological Seminary

Michael K. Thompson

Director of Communications

DECATUR, GA

Pamela Cooper-White will join the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City on July 1 as Professor of Psychology and Religion.

From competition to compassion, a university president leads the way

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:00

March 3, 2015

Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., poses with a replica of the rowboat she used in 1999 to become the first woman to row alone across the Atlantic Ocean. She had just spoken to fellow presidents of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universiti —Adelle M. Banks

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

Since she was installed as president of Spalding University, Tori Murden McClure has encouraged students and faculty to feed the hungry and repair houses for the needy, helping the Louisville, Ky., school clock in 1.6 million service hours in one year.

WCC commission promotes ecumenical learning and education

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:00

March 2, 2015

Participants in a CEEF meeting held at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. —Sandra Cox

World Council of Churches

Sandra Cox

SWITZERLAND

The committee that advises World Council of Churches (WCC) governing bodies on promoting ecumenical learning has ended its February 2015 meeting with a series of recommendations to ensure a vibrant study environment.

3 ways relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:00

March 2, 2015

John Jackson of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado examines the Shroud of Turin in CNN’s series “Finding Jesus.” —Courtesy of Nutopia/CNN

Religion News Service

David Gibson and Michael McKinley

Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus?

Commission on the Status of Women attendee shares her hopes for upcoming event

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 07:00

March 2, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

LOUISVILLE

“Recently five women in my community were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. That’s unacceptable. I hope my time in New York City at the Commission will give me the tools and resources that I need to be an advocate for the women and girls in my community.” Florence Vargas is one of 22 women who will travel to New York City in a few weeks as part of a Presbyterian Women delegation attending the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.  The focus of this year’s Commission will be on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. 

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