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WCRC selects Germany for next General Council

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:30

Reformed group returns to its birthplace in 2017

August 13, 2014

Erfurt Cathedral, where Martin Luther was ordained a priest on April 3, 1507. —courtesy Sacred Destinations

World Communion of Reformed Churches

Phil Tanis

HANNOVER, Germany

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) is returning to the birthplace of the 16th-century Reformation to demonstrate that this happening now belongs to Christians around the world.

Humble modesty

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:00

Christine Hong offers tips for meaningful interfaith relationships to evangelism conference

August 13, 2014

Christine Hong talks with Bill Bess, a workshop participant from Havana, Fla. —Jerry L. Van Marter

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla.

Who was Lao Tzu? What is a Sikh house of worship called? What is the name for the teachings of Buddha? What is the sacred river for Hindus? What are the five pillars of Islam?

Mommy, minister and unmarried: Single mothers in the pulpit

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00

August 13, 2014

Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe

WASHINGTON

When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of her biological clock was getting hard to ignore.

Experimentamos con la amplitud y la profundidad de la IP (EE.UU.)

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:09

August 13, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Heath K. Rada

Moderador de la 221.ª asamblea general

El mes pasado ha sido una notable oportunidad excepcional de ver y experimentar el amplio alcance de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) y nuestras relaciones.

Todo comenzó con un paseo agradable en el desfile del 4 de julio en Montreat, donde vimos cientos de maravillosos presbiterianos reunidos para celebrar a nuestra nación y sentimos la cálida acogida de la iglesia en general hacia el papel de moderador.

Luego fuimos a la Casa Blanca, donde presenciamos al Presidente Obama firmar una ley que impide la discriminación contra los empleados del gobierno federal basada en la relación u ...

Practical suggestions toward establishing new worshiping communities offered in new Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding study

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:44

Study is tied to the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s initiative to establish 1001 new worshiping communities

August 12, 2014

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff, Associate for Promotions

Louisville

A new Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding study for adults, published by Congregational Ministries Publishing, explores the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) initiative of 1001 new worshiping communities.

Report from a mission co-worker in Israel/Palestine

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:30

‘The status quo has become unbearable’

August 12, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

Although the Rev. Kate Taber was commissioned as a mission co-worker serving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Israel/Palestine earlier this year, she has several other experiences living and working in the region. Presbyterian News Service reached out to Taber to learn more about her work, especially in light of the current conflict, Operation Protective Edge.

Muslim Indonesia tries to halt spread of IS teachings in the country

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:00

August 12, 2014

Displaced families from the minority Yazidi religious group, fleeing Islamic State violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, Aug. 4, 2014. —REUTERS/Ari Jala

Ecumenical News

Mike Morelos

JAKARTA

Indonesia has issued a ban on the teachings of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, being propagated online through a YouTube message encouraging locals to sign up with extremist movement.

Thanks and praise — and disappointment

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:00

Moderator shares what he’s heard from PC(USA) during summer

August 12, 2014

Heath Rada —Paul Seebeck

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

Communications strategist

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla.

The annual Evangelism and Church Growth Conference kicked off here Monday night with a welcome and opening prayer from Heath Rada, moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 221st General Assembly.

Laugh practice

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:38

Evangelism conference called to faithfulness in response to God’s hard-to-believe promises

August 12, 2014

Johannes G. J. “Jannie” Swart —Paul Seebeck

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla.

Turning to face a large communion font in the center of the room, some 500 participants in the 2014 Evangelism and Church Growth Conference of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) embarked on a week-long journey together to find ways to renew their baptismal vows to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in their communities.

2014 Peacemaking Advent devotional now available

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:00

Devotions written by participants of Israel/Palestine tour

August 11, 2014

Participants of the Mosaic of Peace tour in Israel/Palestine. —Erin Dunigan

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

Israel/Palestine has been on the minds and hearts of many Presbyterians this year, especially in light of recent increased violence there and the 221st General Assembly’s vote on divestment.

Gradye Parsons escribió una carta por la protección de los niños

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:22

August 11, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

El Reverendo Gradye Parsons, Secretario Permanente de la Asamblea General, escribió una carta al Presidente de los Estados Unidos expresando su preocupación por la protección de los niños no acompañados. La carta completa esta publicada a continuación.

Experiencing the breadth and depth of the PC(USA)

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:10

August 11, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Heath K. Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church USA

The past month has been a remarkable opportunity to see and experience the broad scope of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and our relationships.

It started with a delightful ride in the Montreat 4th of July parade, where we saw hundreds of wonderful Presbyterians gathered together to celebrate our nation and felt the warm embrace of the church at-large for the role of Moderator.

Serving those who serve

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:00

Military chaplains gather to connect, focus on self-care

August 11, 2014

Military chaplains discuss ways to address trauma and stress. —Toni Montgomery

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Toni Montgomery

MONTREAT, N.C.

Those gathered for the Presbyterians Caring for Chaplains and Military Personnel (PCCMP) annual training conference here focused on self-care for chaplains and their families.

Ministry with women and children

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 08:30

A PC(USA) mission letter from Zambia (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 141)

August 11, 2014

These children, formerly malnourished, are thriving, thanks to LISAP. —Nancy Collins

Presbyterian World Mission

Nancy Collins

PC(USA) mission co-worker

LUSAKA, Zambia

Our girls were getting married even before the age of 15, most of them not because they wanted to but because their parents wanted to get quick riches. This was total ignorance on the part of the parents, and we should confess that we as panel members are also guilty of that — we never knew that a girl child was worth educating. God should forgive us … a girl also can achieve higher education just like a boy.”

Islamic extremist impose reign of terror on Iraq

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:10

August 11, 2014

USA Today

Anmar Al Shamary and Gilgamesh Nabeel

distributed by Religion News Service

BAGHDAD

Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. The homes of Shiites and others have signs stating they are property of the Islamic State. And everyone walks in fear amid a new reign of terror.

August 2014 - YEA as a liturgical response - Korean

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:37

August 8, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

8월에는 우리 가족의 삶에 큰 변화가 있을 것이다. 내 딸이 사우쓰 캐롤라이나의 클린톤에 위치한 Presbyterian College에서 채플린으로 섬기도록 새로운 부르심을 받았다. 따라서 그녀의 가족이 우리 집을 떠나 그곳으로 이사할 것이다. 이것으로 인해 나는 2013년 3월에 태어나서 우리와 함께 살아온 나의 손자 Dylan을 매일 볼 수 없을 것이다. 나는 지난 몇 개월 동안 딜란을 통해 내가 배운 몇 가지를 나누고 싶다.

전례적 반응 (liturgical response)으로서의 “YEA.” 딜란은 전주곡에, 찬송가에, 사람들의 기도에, 설교에, 평화의 인사를 나누는 것에 “YEA”라고 큰 소리로 반응했다. 비록 나도 예배 시간의 어느 부분에서 “아멘”으로 반응하는 것을 좋아하지만, 하나님께 “YEA”라고 말하는 것과는 같지 않다. 하나님 ...

Seminary news

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:30

August 8, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

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

Two congregations receive $5,000 grants to enhance multicultural ministry

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:00

Presbyterian Multicultural Network funds Chicago, Detroit outreach

August 8, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

FORT WORTH, Texas

The Presbyterian Multicultural Network (PMN) has awarded grants of $5,000 each to two network churches that have translated the PMN’s vision into vibrant multicultural ministry in their communities.

United Church of Bacon: May the Lard be with you

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00

August 8, 2014

Religion News Service

Brian Pellot

“Hail Bacon, full of grease, the Lard is with thee.”

So go the opening lines to the United Church of Bacon’s “Hail Piggy: A Prayer for Bacon.”

Ebola virus frontline caregivers face deadly dangers in their work

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:00

August 7, 2014

Health workers, wearing head-to-toe protective gear, prepare for work, outside an isolation unit in Foya District, Lofa County, Liberia in July. —Ahmed Jallanzo/UNICEF/Handout via Reuters

Ecumenical News

Peter Kenny

GENEVA

Many of the people helping in the fight against the deadly Ebola disease are priests, religious people, and educators playing the role of caregivers to the stricken.

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