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Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East will train young Christians

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 06:00

Focus on unity in diversity, peace building and security for all

July 28, 2015

WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit with students, organizers and faculty of the Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East in Beirut, Lebanon. —WSCF – Middle East

World Council of Churches

BEIRUT, LEBANON

A new initiative titled Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East is “promising and inspiring” in its attempt to train young Christians in ecumenical thought and history, according to the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

PRESBYTERIAN AUTHORS RELEASE FOUR NEW BOOKS FROM WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX PRESS

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:45

July 28, 2015

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, KY

Four new books from Presbyterian authors are now available through Westminster John Knox Press. While some of these new resources encourage essential spiritual habits for Christian living, like forgiveness and charity, others offer helpful guides for worship and Bible study.

Raising the roof at Holmes Presbyterian Camp

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:00

Quarter-century volunteer group remembers ‘in life and in death we belong to God’

July 27, 2015

Lakeside Cabin sits in a serene setting on Denton Lake at Holmes Camp—55 miles north of New York City. —Courtesy Holmes Presbyterian Camp

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

For the past 25 years a group of alumni, staff and friends of Holmes Presbyterian Camp in New York have been volunteering for a work project weekend each summer. This year they wanted to do something special for the place and space they love. It’s where many had their first formative faith experiences, and where they began to come to grips with life and death.

WCC general secretary reflects on Armenian Genocide at Holy Muron ceremony

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 06:00

Tveit asserts 'systems of injustice' continue in the Middle East

July 27, 2015

Ceremony at the Armenian Church of the Holy Muron. —CILICIA PHOTO/Aram Somoundji

World Council of Churches

BIKFAYA, LEBANON

In a recent ceremony in Bikfaya, Lebanon, the Armenian Church of the Holy Muron was blessed – symbolically anointing the 1.5 million martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit gave an address at the event.

Going deep: God’s proven way of spreading the light of Christ

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:58

PC(USA) evangelism catalyst calls Presbyterians to train leaders as Jesus did

July 24, 2015

Juan Sarmiento

Presbyterian News Service

Tammy Warren

New Wilmington, PA

While at a Presbyterian-sponsored prayer group, a teenager in Caracas, Venezuela, heard God calling him to share the gospel beyond his own culture. Over the years, God faithfully provided training, experience, and Christian mentors to prepare this young man to share the light of Christ worldwide.

PC(USA) celebrates 130 years of Korean mission

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:00

Legacy continues around the world and in Korean-American congregations

July 24, 2015

First Christian School in Busan, Korea, 1895. Image from the papers of PCUSA missionary William M. Baird, who served in Korea from 1891to 1931.

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

LOUISVILLE

In the 1880’s, Presbyterians seeking to engage in foreign mission work were closely monitoring diplomatic developments in Korea. As diplomatic channels opened, individuals soon began to push foreign mission boards to expand into a new mission field, and the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A, a predecessor body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), was the first to move.

Company of New Pastors program mentors clergy for success

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:00

Seminaries, seminarians and first-call pastors embrace support platform

July 24, 2015

Alina Kanaski —Rachael Plunkett

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

This fall, the Company of New Pastors (CNP)—formerly known as ‘Excellence from the Start’—will celebrate over fifteen years of providing for the support and formation of new pastors and pastors-to-be.

Sudanese pastors on trial for their faith could face death or life imprisonment

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:01

Judge’s verdict expected August 5 on charges of espionage, sedition

July 23, 2015

The Rev. Peter Yen Reith. —Morning Star News

Presbyterian News Service

Tammy Warren

LOUISVILLE

According to information received by Presbyterian World Mission, two Sudanese pastors on trial for their Christian faith may hear the verdict in their case at an August 5 hearing.

Presbyterian young adults speak out on violence against women and girls

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:00

PC(USA) interns promote Orange Day at the United Nations

July 23, 2015

(L to R) Madeline Bacchus, Willa Van Camp and Amelie Clemot are interns with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. —Mark Koenig

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

NEW YORK

The 25th of each month is designated by the United Nations Secretary- General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign as “Orange Day” an official date on the UN calendar to draw attention to violence against women and girls around the world. Orange Day calls on UN programs and partners, government leaders and the global community to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence.

Programs continue as Ghost Ranch recovers from flash flooding

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:15

PC(USA) retreat center says ‘we will rebuild’—out of flood’s path

July 23, 2015

A double rainbow appeared over the Mesa immediately after the devastation from the July 7 storm. —Photo courtesy of Ghost Ranch

Linda Seebantz

Special to Presbyterian News Service

ABIQUIU, N.M.

A sudden storm raged through Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center around 7:00 p.m. July 7, 2015, resulting in a flash flood that caused over $500,000 in damages. There were no injuries or fatalities. Losses include the Box Canyon aqueduct, the arts and craft buildings of Pot Hollow, Short House, the Pole Barn, the equipment shed, the Low Ropes Course and the new Fiber Arts Studio.

Stated Clerk Nomination Committee seeks assistance

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 13:53

July 22, 2015

News Release

Louisville, KY

The Stated Clerk Nomination Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has begun its work. It is to bring a nomination for the denomination’s highest ecclesiastical officer, the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, to the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon, June 18–25, 2016.

Theological conversations highlight need for training on cultural diversity, humility

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:20

Understanding power, privilege and justice in the church and society

July 22, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

LOUISVILLE

Incidents of racially charged violence across the country—from Ferguson to Baltimore, and in many other cities in between—and the public reaction and outcry for justice that followed each have once again brought to light underlying racial tensions that exist in American society.

Presbyterian Writers Guild opens three-phase writing contest

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:01

‘An Experiment in Modern Parables’ paves the way to GA 2016

July 22, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

Inspired by Jesus’ practice of teaching with parables, the Presbyterian Writers Guild is offering a three-phase writing contest as it builds toward its luncheon at the 2016 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly in Portland, Or. The Guild chose the format as a way to inspire theological reflection on issues that confront the church. 

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders urge presidential candidates to make poverty a priority

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:24

Several candidates address the issue in newly released videos

July 21, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders are urging presidential candidates to make poverty a priority in their upcoming campaigns. The encouragement comes on the heels of an announcement from Circle of Protection, that it is releasing several videos from candidates addressing the issue. 

National Black Presbyterian Caucus responds to the signs of the times

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:48

Leaders in service, mission, justice, peace and worship honored

July 21, 2015

The Rev. Shanea Leonard speaks at the National Black Presbyterian Caucus. —Bill Reinhold

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Keynote speakers and workshop leaders from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) came together at the 2015 National Black Presbyterian Caucus to educate participants with responsive actions, equip them with methods to reconnect to God and one another, and to empower implementation in local churches and communities.

장로교 총회 대회 부의장은 미국과 이란의 핵협의 체결을 환영한다

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 08:56

July 21, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

이 역사적인 신앙 고백의 인도를 따르며, 전 세계적인 평화와 미국과 이란 사이의 적대적인 관계의 해소를 요구하는 우리 총회의 다양한 조치들에 협력하면서, 우리는 핵 에너지의 사용과 통제, 특별히 핵무기 생산과 관련된 일에 관한 미국과 이란 정부 사이에 이루어진 협정 체결을 환영한다.

미국장로교 총회 정 서기가 남수단의 네 번째 기념일에 기도를 요청하다

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 08:44

July 21, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

자유와 정의의 하나님, 우리는 독립한지 4년을 기념하는 남수단의 형제 자매들과 함께 기도합니다. 우리는 남수단이 세계의 가장 최신 국가가 되었을 때 함께 기뻐했습니다.  그 이래로 4년이란 세월속에 있었던 기쁨과 깊은 슬픔을 우리는 함께 해왔습니다. 이제 우리의 마음은, 우리의 형제 자매들과 더불어, 남수단이 그동안 위하여 분투해 온 모든 것을 파괴할 수 있는 깊은 갈등에 직면하면서 아주 침울합니다. 

Could You Go a Year without a Purchase?

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:00

New Book Chronicles One Family’s Eye-Opening Experiment

July 21, 2015

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, KY

The rules are simple: only buy items that can be used within a year, like groceries, toiletries, and gasoline. All nonessential purchases, like clothing and gifts for the kids, are off limits. After a year of living within these rules, Scott Dannemiller tells about the highs and lows of becoming a consumer culture drop-out in his new book, The Year without a Purchase: One Family’s Quest to Stop Shopping and Start Connecting (Westminster John Knox Press).

Water project changes lives and brings smiles in Congo

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 12:34

New irrigation system empowers Congolese farmers to reduce hunger

July 20, 2015

Omba Ngandu, Rivers of the World-Congo country director, and Charles Johnson discuss the use, maintenance and installation of a gravity-fed drip irrigation system with a women’s farming group sponsored by PRODEK. —Melissa Johnson

Presbyterian News Service

Patrick David Heery

LOUISVILLE

It’s dry season, and a group of Congolese farmers huddles over a small opening in a tube that’s stretched across a field of arid, caked earth. They watch skeptically for water. 

Growing in Grace & Gratitude catalog wins Award of Excellence at 2015 PIAS Graphic Awards Competition

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:00

Award presented to Congregational Ministries Publishing, PC(USA), and the Merrick Printing Company, Inc.

July 20, 2015

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff, Associate for Promotions

Louisville

A catalog introducing Growing in Grace & Gratitude, the new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum, was recognized for its design at the 2015 PIAS Graphic Awards Competition.

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