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Message of the presidents of the World Council of Churches at Pentecost 2015

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:05

May 21, 2015

World Council of Churches

Geneva, Switzerland

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, Peace be within you. (Psalm 122:6-8).

New policy on dependent care seeks to broaden General Assembly participation

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:50

May 20, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

A Dependent Care Reimbursement Policy approved by the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) will make it easier for young parents and other caregivers to serve as commissioners or advisory delegates to the 222nd General Assembly (2016).

Under the new policy, commissioners and advisory delegates may be reimbursed for the costs of a variety of caregiving arrangements, as long as the expenses don’t exceed $800 per dependent or $400 per additional dependent.

Con respecto a las ancianas y los ancianos gobernantes: Como lidiar con el conflicto

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 08:21

May 20, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Mark Koenig

Louisville

A nadie le gusta el conflicto. La palabra en sí nos pone nervioso/a. Pero el conflicto es parte de la vida y lo experimentamos en la comunidad, los debates nacionales y las relaciones personales. Experimentamos conflicto en nuestras congregaciones.

Bayville church recognized for Hurricane Sandy recovery work

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:14

Presbyterian church in third year of hosting volunteer village

May 19, 2015

Tom Powell, a member of Morning Star Presbyterian Church in Bayville, New Jersey has been recognized by Exelon Corporation for his volunteer work in Hurricane Sandy relief. —Rev. Dr. Myrlene Hamilton Hess

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Bayville, NJ

The Morning Star Presbyterian Church of Bayville, New Jersey, and one of its members are being recognized for recovery work surrounding Hurricane Sandy, the deadly storm that affected 24 states in 2012. Exelon Corporation, an energy company headquartered in Chicago, is giving the church a $5,000 Merit Award on behalf of one of its employees, who is also a Morning Star member.

“UWorship”—the New UKirk Book of Common Worship—Now Available

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:39

Liturgical worship resources speaks to lived experiences of college students

May 18, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

It’s been three years in the making.  But for those working together on what has become an “act of grace,” it’s been worth every moment.

“What we ended up creating was a beautiful reflection of our diversity of expression for worship of God,” says Marcus Hong. 

Relationships trump structure

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:00

Large fellowship gathering is major step for Wisconsin presbyteries

May 15, 2015

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Duane Sweep

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wisconsin

Nearly 250 members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), linked through their association with a presbytery with Wisconsin geography, gathered here Sunday and Monday, May 3–4, to discover and learn more about their connections and to talk about their mission and ministry together in the future.

사역 장로에 관하여: 갈등 처리

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:13

May 15, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Mark Koenig

Louisville

아무도 갈등을 좋아하지 않는다. 심지어 그 단어 자체가 우리의 신경을 건드릴 수 있다. 하지만 갈등은 인생의 한 부분이다. 우리는 공동체에서, 개인적 관계들 안에서, 그리고 의회 안에서 갈등이 일어나는 것을 경험한다. 우리는 우리 교회 안에서도 갈등을 경험한다.

Regarding ruling elders: managing conflict

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:03

May 15, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Mark Koenig

Louisville

<한국의> Conflict. None of us really like it. The word itself may make us nervous. But conflict is part of life. We experience conflict in communities, national debates, and personal relationships. We experience conflict in our congregations.

Sri Lanka: the struggles continue for fishermen and farmers

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00

Presbyterian Hunger Program associate finds conditions worsening

May 15, 2015

Fishing families on the beach in Negombo, Sri Lanka dry, prepare and sell millions of fish caught off the coast in traditional wooden sailboats. —Andrew Kang Bartlett

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Sri Lanka

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami wreaked havoc on coastal communities in its path. Hundreds of thousands lost lives and livelihoods. On the small island country of Sri Lanka, nearly 75 percent of its fishing fleet was destroyed, according to the Presbyterian Hunger Program and its Joining Hands partners in the region.

President Emeritus Si Vaughn Passes at 89

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:00

May 14, 2015

Dr. Silas M. "Si" Vaughn —Courtesy of Montreat College

Presbyterian News Service

Courtesy of Montreat College

Montreat, NC

Former Montreat College President Dr. Silas M. "Si" Vaughn died peacefully on May 9, 2015, at the age of 89. As Montreat College president, Dr. Vaughn is most known for the separation of the management of the Mountain Retreat Association and presidency of the college, and leading the college during its progression to a fully accredited four-year baccalaureate institution. 

India’s Food Sovereignty at a Crossroads—Part Two

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00

Farmers seek new livelihoods in a changing world

May 14, 2015

Adivasi dancers lead a procession at a seed ceremony in a village in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Groups from the Chethana network of Joining Hands came together for this agrarian festival. —Rev. Thomas John

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

India

During his recent visit to farming communities across India, Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) Associate Andrew Kang Bartlett asked farmers what their biggest struggle was, and all agreed it was agribusiness. Large multinational corporations have come to India with hybrid seeds and new technology to “empower farmers and produce more from their land.”

India’s Food Sovereignty at a Crossroads, Part One

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00

Presbyterian Hunger Program associate gets firsthand look at farming struggles

May 13, 2015

Tucked below the mountains where forest dwelling Adivasi people live, these farmers are learning about organic farming methods used in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh —Andrew Kang Bartlett

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

INDIA

Presbyterian Hunger Program Associate Andrew Kang Bartlett has a passion for organic, natural foods and for sustainable food production. In his 14 years with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has worked with farmers, farmworkers, and ecumenical partners across the world to ensure they have the resources they need to grow food naturally, without the invasion of chemicals and corporate interference.

PC(USA) membership lies in medium-sized congregations

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:05

May 12, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members, by and large, belong to churches with medium-sized congregations of between 150 to 599 members, according to 2014 statistics released by the Office of the General Assembly.

Based on the numbers, 708,062 congregants—42.5 percent of total membership—belong to churches directly in the middle between small- and large-sized congregations. That breaks down to 349,241 in churches with membership between 150 to 299, and 358,821 in churches with membership between 300 to 599.

La IP (EE.UU.) firma un informe amicus que busca cambiar el destino de millones de inmigrantes

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 13:31

May 12, 2015

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Toya Richards Jackson

Directora de Comunicaciones y Secretaria Asistente Permanente

Louisville

La Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.), a través de su oficial eclesiástico más importante, ha firmado un informe amicus pidiendo que se levante la orden que pone entre cuatro a cinco millones de inmigrantes en riesgo de deportación en los Estados Unidos.

El Reverendo Gradye Parsons, Secretario Permanente de la Asamblea General de la IP (EE. UU.), se une a varias organizaciones de bases religiosas en el informe presentado el lunes 6 de Abril a la Corte de Apelaciones de los EE.UU. para el quinto circuito. El informe apoya la apelación respaldada por los demandados en el caso entre los EE. UU. y más de veinte estados, los cuales ganaron una orden preliminar para poder detener la orden ejecutiva dada por el Presidente Barack Obama en noviembre.

Se requiere hacer la tarea santa para acabar con el racismo

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 13:21

May 12, 2015

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

Si usted va a una universidad que es reconocida por la canción «Rocky Top», entonces parecería que pueda estudiar geología. En mis estudios, la geología fue un requisito de ciencias. Así que tengo cierto entendimiento de cómo sucedió el terremoto en Nepal. La placa del subcontinente indio empujó contra y debajo de la placa euroasiática. El estruendo constante de las dos placas formo y sigue formando la cordillera del Himalaya. En el internet, ya existe la especulación sobre cómo el terremoto podría haber cambiado la altura del Monte Everest.

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May 2015 - Do the holy work required to end racism - Korean

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:51

May 12, 2015

인종차별을 종식시키기 위해 필요한 거룩한 일을 하자

그래디 파슨스, 미국 장로교 총회 정서기

당신이 “Rocky Top”이라는 노래로 유명한 어느 대학에 다닌다면, 아마도 지질학을 공부하기가 쉬울 것이다.  나는 과학 필수과목으로 지질학을 수강했다. 그래서 나는 네팔에서 지진이 어떻게 일어났는지에 대해 어느 정도 이해하고 있다. 인도 대륙 플레이트가 유라시아 플레이트를 옆으로 그리고 아래로 밀었다. 이 두 플레이트의 끊임없는 마찰이 히말라야 산맥을 형성했고 계속해서 형성해 나가고 있다. 이번 지진이 에베레스트 산의 높이를 얼마나 변화시켰을지에 대한 추측이 이미 인터넷에 떠돌고 있다.

홍콩 대학의 Lung S. Chan 박사는 “지진은 마치 끓는 냄비의 뚜껑을 여는 것과 같이 에너지를 발산시킵니다. 하지만 뚜껑을 다시 올려 놓으면 에너지는 다시 ...

PC(USA) Stated Clerk affirms, shares NBPC statement on Baltimore - Korean

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:46

May 12, 2015

Louisville

미국 장로교 총회 정서기가 벌티모어에 대한 내셔널 흑인 장로교회 연합 (NBPC)의 성명서를 긍정하고 공유하다

현재 벌티모어에서 일어나고 있는 사건으로 인해 큰 아픔을 겪고 있는 가운데, NBPC가 강력하고 분명한 성명서를 발표했습니다. 나는 아래에 기록되어 있는 그들의 메세지를 긍정하며, 사람들이 이것에 대해 생각해보고 행동에 옮길 수 있도록 온 교회 및 세상과 함께 이것을 공유합니다.

그래디 파슨스, 미국 장로교 총회 정서기

벌티모어에서 벌어지고 있는 상황에 대한 뉴스들을 보면서, 마틴 루터 킹 쥬니어의 죽음 그리고 그로 인해 워싱턴 디시에서 폭동들이 일어났던 시절에 대한 기억이 다시 떠올랐다. 그러한 사건들은 차라리 그 시절에 묻어두고 싶은 기억들이다. 하지만 “그러한 일이 다시 일어나고 있다”고 느끼는데 어떻게 ...

GA committee reviewing the Presbyterian Mission Agency performs considerable work, anticipates more to do - Korean

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:43

May 12, 2015

News Release

보도 자료

장로교선교국 (PMA)검토하는총회위원회 (GA committee) 상당한작업을수행했으며, 앞으로해야많은일들을예견하고있다.

PMA를 검토하는 임무를 맡은 미국 장로교 총회 위원회는 업무 달성 면에서 상당한 진전을 이루었지만, 마지막 보고를 발표하기 전에 해야 할 일들이 더 있음을 예견하고 있다.

검토 위원회 의장 및 시애틀 노회 부 총무를 맡고 있는 Eliana Maxim은 “임무의 성격과 PMA 이사회 가 보류하고 있는 다른 결정사항들의 타이밍을 고려할 때, 우리 위원회는 맡겨진 임무를 완수하기 위해 추가 모임을 가져야 할 것을 예견하고 있습니다. 또한 지난 이사회 모임에서 통과되었으며 검토 위원회를 지명한 PMA 이사회의 동의안은 우리 위원회 업무의 범위를 ...

New Palestinian saints highlight region’s beleaguered Christians

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:09

May 11, 2015

Religion News Service

Rosie Scammell

VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two Palestinian nuns on Sunday (May 17), a move that’s being seen as giving hope to the conflict-wracked Middle East and shining the spotlight on the plight of Christians in the region.

Project Homecoming names Kris Pottharst as new executive director

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 14:50

Peacock-Nolan Fund created to sustain group’s mission

May 8, 2015

Volunteers from Ukirk-Missouri prepare framing for a rehabilitated home on Clouet St. in New Orleans. —Project Homecoming

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Louisville

Project Homecoming, Inc. (PHI) recently announced the appointment of Kris Pottharst as Executive Director effective April 8, 2015. Pottharst succeeds the Rev. Jean Marie Peacock, founder of Project Homecoming, who returns to pastoral and community ministry in the New Orleans area.

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