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Hispanic/Latino National Presbyterian Caucus releases statement on recent grand jury verdicts

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:00

December 12, 2014

Hispanic/Latino National Presbyterian Caucus

The Hispanic/Latino National Presbyterian Caucus has released a statement about recent grand jury verdicts.

Supporting Hispanic youth ministry

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:00

Hispanic youth network can offer opportunities to share challenges and energy

December 11, 2014

Young adults gather in prayer during an event in Louisville earlier this year. —courtesy of The Racial Ethnic Torch

Presbyterian News Service

Jessica Denson

republished from The Racial Ethnic Torch


The Rev. Manuel D. Silva has always felt called to youth ministry, but in his home of Puerto Rico, youth work is not always seen as important.

Documentary highlights farm work exploitation in United States

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:30

Presbyterian Hunger Program advocates for safety, better pay for farmworkers

December 10, 2014

Presbyterians and members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers gather to raise awareness of farmworker rights at a 2013 demonstration outside of a Publix supermarket in Atlanta. —Photo courtesy CIW

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones


Farm work is described as one of the most difficult and underpaid jobs in America. Now, a new documentary is raising awareness of the abuses faced by farmworkers in the United States. The film, “Food Chains: The Revolution in America’s Fields,” was released last month and focuses on a group of tomato pickers from southern Florida. 

Sea una persona reconciliadora en la iglesia

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:34

December 9, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Heath K. Rada

Moderador de la 221ª asamblea general

En una reciente reunión de moderadores recién elegidos de los presbiterios en toda la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.), se me pidió compartir mis pensamientos sobre como una persona puede servir en el rol «reconciliador» en un presbiterio o en la iglesia donde existían divisiones.

Beard or no beard?

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:48

Pastor turns fate of his facial hair over to votes (and Christmas Joy Offering donations)

December 9, 2014

The Rev. John Odom is letting his congregation vote on whether he keeps his beard via their donations to the Christmas Joy Offering. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily


The members of Starmount Presbyterian Church are getting something extra special for Christmas this year — the opportunity to determine the fate of their pastor’s facial hair.

Youth groups from New York, Maine carry on 40-year tradition of mission

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:25

December 8, 2014

The youth group from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, N.Y., travels to Maine for a mission trip every summer. —courtesy Westminster Presbyterian Church

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Toni Montgomery


For more than four decades, the youth group at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, New York, has traveled to Maine for a mission trip. But in recent years, Westminster has also been the focus of a mission trip for a church in Maine.

From one playground to another

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:46

Andrew Farrell’s innate gift on display in soccer championship game Sunday

December 5, 2014

Andrew Farrell with Eastern Conference Championship trophy —courtesy Andrew Farrell

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck


When Ruth Farrell’s adopted son Andrew was 3 years old, she noticed something different about him when he was playing on the playground.

Interactive Advent Calendar

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:38

December 5, 2014

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff, Associate for Promotions


Interactive, online Advent calendar offers fun activities to do with kids Each day features a Scripture reading, multimedia resource, or hands-on activity

ACREC statement expresses concern about verdict in Michael Brown case

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:28

December 5, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily


When a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black man, reactions across the country were varied and intense.

Presbyterian border ministry site celebrates 30 years

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:49

December 3, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Frontera de Cristo, one of the six sites of Presbyterian Border Region Outreach, celebrated its 30th anniversary last month. 

The Stated Clerk speaks on immigration on U.S.-Mexico border

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:41

December 3, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Sasabe, Az

Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons shares his views on immigration and the church's response to it from the United States-Mexico border:

Hello my name is Gradye Parsons. I’m the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, and here I am in Sasabe, Arizona with other colleagues as we are looking at the wall that separates the United States and Mexico and reflecting upon immigration, a concern that’s deep in the hearts of many Presbyterians, and especially in these days as the president has signed a new order and as we are debating this issue as a country.

Special Offerings take on new look

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:00

2015 marketing campaign hopes to make ‘bold statement’

December 3, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily


When Presbyterians see the marketing materials for the 2015 Special Offerings, organizers are hoping the provocative images will prompt them to continue their donations — or to become involved for the first time.

Presbyterians hope to make an impact on Giving Tuesday

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:48

December 2, 2014

Terri Bate, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s senior director of funds development, shares an #unselfie on Giving Tuesday. —courtesy of Special Offerings

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily


Much of the holiday season is focused on getting gifts, but the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is encouraging Presbyterians to give by taking part in Giving Tuesday.

Containing Ebola

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 08:37

A PC(USA) mission letter from Congo

December 1, 2014

World Mission

Inge Sthreshley

PC(USA) mission co-worker


It was 2007 and Ebola had just been confirmed at the town of Luebo.

If you build it, they will come

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:30

A PC(USA) mission letter from Russia

November 26, 2014

Russian children construct a model of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. —Alan Smith

World Mission

Alan Smith

PC(USA) mission co-worker


Many of us, in looking back at our childhood experiences in Sunday school or vacation Bible school, will remember certain children for whom and explicitly Christian environment was a new and possibly unwelcome experience.

Churches have a special role to play in HIV response

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:00

November 26, 2014

World Council of Churches


In Africa, where up to 40 percent of the health care facilities are provided by faith-based organizations, Dr. Mirfin Mpundu, executive director of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN), says that due to their unique position churches can play a special role in eliminating HIV and AIDS and bringing improvements in the lives of people living with the virus. 

NCC stands in solidarity with those seeking justice in Ferguson - Korean

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:06

November 26, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Ferguson, Mo

NCC 는 퍼거슨에서 정의를 추구하는 사람들과 연대한다

2014년 11월 19일
퍼거슨 총격의 현장이 간이 기념 장소로 변했다—Photo by Toya Richardson Jackson
장로교 총회 사무국

Toya Richards Jackson, 커뮤니케이션 디렉터
미주리 퍼거슨

8월 9일에 마이클 브라운이 총에 맞은 후, 몇 시간 동안 피로 얼룩진 그의 시신이 놓여 있었던 거리로부터 조금 떨어진 곳에서, 지난 화요일에 미국 그리스도 교회 내셔널 협의회 (National Council of Churches of Christ: NCC)가 정의를 위해 부르짖는 사람들과 연대하기 위해 모였다.

NCC는 미주리 퍼거슨에 위치한 Wellspring 교회 안에서 다음과 같이 말했다: “우리는 현재 긴장감이 맴돌고 있는 퍼거슨의 교회들에서 말씀을 전하고, 정의를 추구하고, 목회적 돌봄을 제공하고 있는 목회자들 ...

5 reasons why we want to believe Jesus was married

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:00

November 26, 2014

Religion News Service

David Gibson


Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that … Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene!

Advent Calendar of Savings 2014

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:27

November 25, 2014

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff, Associate for Promotions


An Advent calendar of savings offered to followers of new PC(USA) Store on Facebook and Twitter One-day sales coincide with the 24 days of Advent


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 24, 2014) — The new PC(USA) Store is offering markdown prices—up to 70 percent off retail price—on select titles and curriculum resources during its Advent Calendar of Savings sales event.

Hope in spite of drought

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Israel- Palestine)

November 25, 2014

The entrance to Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City, the oldest hospital in Gaza and Gaza's only Christian healthcare institution. —Kate Taber

World Mission

Kate Taber

PC(USA) mission co-worker


You have seen in the news of the destruction and death that resulted in Gaza after Israel launched Operation Protective Edge: more than 2,100 people killed, including 500 children; 500,000 people displaced; more than 11,000 injured; 15 of 32 hospitals damaged and 6 closed; 133 schools and universities damaged, as well as significant damage to factories, power plants, and water facilities.


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