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Five-day spiritual pilgrimage for college students, campus ministers

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:00

To journey through portions of the Mountain to Sea Trail—en route to Montreat

March 31, 2015

Santos (far right) led a pilgrimage trip on the Appalachian Trail with New Wilmington Presbyterian Church in western PA —Jason Santos

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

In June 2015, Jason Brian Santos, the Presbyterian Mission Agency associate for collegiate ministries, is planning to lead a group of 12 college students and campus ministers on a five-day spiritual pilgrimage through portions of the Mountain to Sea Trail (MST). The journey will begin the morning of June 13 at a location 70 miles northeast of the Montreat Conference Center.

 

Con Respecto a los/as Ancianos/as Gobernantes: Ordenación

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:40

March 31, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Dee H. Wade

Louisville

En el presbiterio donde sirvo, están surgiendo varios nuevos grupos de fe. Uno es dirigido por una anciana docente que fue ordenada para servir a su grupo mientras se estaba formando. Otro anciano se está convirtiendo en un anciano gobernante comisionado (CRE) con el propósito de ser pastor en su comunidad. Como antiguo miembro del comité del comité presbiteriano sobre el ministerio, esto me ha hecho a pensar en el propósito y el origen de la ordenación.

Breathing new life into Rockwood, Oregon—Part One

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:37

Presbyterian Hunger Program looks at efforts to build productive lives in diverse community

March 31, 2015

Members of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee visit one of the local grocery stores in the community of Rockwood, Oregon. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Rockwood, Or

The Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Advisory Committee recently met in Portland and took time to visit the Rockwood community and hear from its interfaith partners on efforts to turn the community around.  PHP is contributing to the community’s efforts to become self-sustaining.

Living Missionally Under the Big Tent

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:00

An event that will inspire you and make you proud to be Presbyterian.

March 30, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Melody K. Smith

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s fourth Big Tent event runs July 30–August 1, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee. For the first time, Big Tent will be held on a college campus to build on that deep sense of community that you’d expect at a national gathering of Presbyterians.

Second time around

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00

New pastor encourages church to explore innovations in worship in their second year together

March 30, 2015

Rev. Joel Montgomery and Ruling Elder Charlene Goodpasture review preparations for the Maundy Thursday service. —Janis Montgomery

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

“First-call pastors by definition are encountering firsts all the time,” says the Rev. Gregory Goodwiller, executive presbyter and stated clerk of the Presbytery of St. Andrew, one of the four original presbytery partners in the inaugural year of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Small Church Residency Program. “The first time you have to preach after being up all night with a family, the first time you teach the book of Acts—all of those firsts are difficult the first time.”

Introducing a new PC(USA) denominational children’s curriculum

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 02:45

Growing in Grace & Gratitude to debut fall 2015

March 30, 2015

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff

Associate for Promotions

Louisville

A new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum—coming in fall 2015—will help transform the lives of children and those who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude.

Presbyterian Foundation adds new service for churches and ministries

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:49

March 27, 2015

The Presbyterian Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of the Planned Giving Navigator as a service to churches and other ministries involved in beginning or enhancing a stewardship and generosity program.

Churches grieve Germanwings tragedy

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:00

Churches grieve Germanwings tragedy

March 27, 2015

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) has received with grief the news of a serious plane accident in the French Alps. 

Changes coming to PC(USA) ordination exams

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:59

March 27, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Tim Cargal

Manager of Preparation for Ministry

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee charged with preparing ordination exams has approved changes to administration procedures for the tests, complying with assignments it was given by the General Assembly.

At its annual meeting March 9–14 in Atlanta, the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations for Candidates (PCC) voted to expand the time parameters for three exam areas and give presbyteries the option to incorporate oral examination components as part of online tests. The changes take effect with July exams.

Obama to host Pope Francis at White House in September

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:00

March 27, 2015

Religion News Service

David Gibson

WASHINGTON, DC

President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during the pontiff’s U.S. visit in September to “continue the dialogue … on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday (March 26).

Stillman College Inaugurates Peter Millet as its Sixth President

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:00

March 27, 2015

Dr. Peter Millet —Courtesy of Peter Millet

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rhashell Hunter

Director, Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries

Tuscaloosa, Al

Dr. Peter Millet was inaugurated as the sixth president of Stillman College, a historically Presbyterian racial ethnic college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last week. Representatives from the Stillman College board of trustees, local and county governments, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the higher education community, and the Tuscaloosa community were present to celebrate. 

Out with the old, in with the new

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:55

New PC(USA) denominational children’s curriculum Growing in Grace & Gratitude succeeding We Believe

March 26, 2015

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff

Associate for Promotions

Louisville

A new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum is succeeding the long-standing denominational curriculum We Believe: God’s Word for God’s People.

Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials accountable

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00

March 26, 2015

Central Americans awaiting processing in McAllen Texas after crossing the border into the U.S. —Hector Silva

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOS ANGELES, Ca

For centuries, artists have taken to the canvas to create their version of the guardian angel, a larger-than-life figure that watches and protects. These celestial beings are often depicted hovering above with outstretched arms, with small children nearing the edge of a cliff or crossing an old bridge with rushing water below. 

Morning by morning

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:45

March 25, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Larissa Kwong Abazia

Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly

I am struck even more so by these verses and hymn as I face my diagnosis with breast cancer. The prognosis is good and I have already started chemotherapy as the first measure in this healing process. There is also surgery and treatments to face in the future as well. But I find myself taking things one step at a time, getting more attune to the needs of my body and the surprises that each new day may bring.

Grawemeyer Award winner Willie James Jennings to discuss race and theology at Louisville Seminary April 15

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:00

March 25, 2015

Willie James Jennings, 2015 Grawemeyer Award Winner —Courtesy of Louisville Seminary

Louisville Seminary

Chris Wooton

Director of Communications

LOUISVILLE

Why has Christianity, a religion based on love, failed in its attempts to heal racial division? The Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, winner of the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Religion, will address that question during his sermon, "A God Who Joins," and his Grawemeyer lecture, "How Should We See Race," both of which will take place Wednesday, April 15, in Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Jennings will deliver his sermon during the 11:30 a.m. chapel service and his Grawemeyer lecture at 7 p.m. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

Keynote address at Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day explores relevance of church in reducing mass incarceration

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:00

March 25, 2015

Gail Tyree, long-time activist, will be one of the keynote speakers at CPJ Training Day April 17 in Washington D.C. —Courtesy of Gail Tyree

Presbyterian News Service

Scott O’Neill

LOUISVILLE

What is the role—and relevance — of the church in reducing the problem of mass incarceration in today’s society? Noted activist Gail Tyree will explore that in her keynote address at the upcoming Compassion Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day in Washington, D.C. on April 17th.

I and Thou at Ghost Ranch

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00

March 25, 2015

John Philip and Ali Newell —Courtesy of John Philip and Ali Newell

Ghost Ranch

Becky A. Chamberlain

Faith Community Liaison

ABIQUIU, NM

During July 6-12, John Philip and Ali Newell and Nahum Ward-Lev will join in a special week of teaching from one of the most important spiritual texts of the 20th century, I and Thou, by the Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber. The program is open to students and seekers of all ages.

Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:01

March 24, 2015

World Council of Churches

Geneva, Switzerland

This Lenten season, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches to pray on Sunday 29 March for those affected by wars in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. The season of prayer is meant to revive hope from hopelessness, taking into account the vulnerability of minority communities and the threat of losing the diversity of the social fabric in this region. 

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation announces new titles for Executive Staff members

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:45

March 24, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Melody K. Smith

LOUISVILLE

Effective March 30, the position titles for Alicia Samuels and Laura Cheifetz will change to be Vice President of eCommerce and Marketing and Vice President of Church and Public Relations, respectively.

Columbia Seminary’s William Brown to Teach at Ghost Ranch

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00

March 24, 2015

William P. Brown —Courtesy of William P. Brown

Ghost Ranch

Becky A. Chamberlain

Faith Community Liaison

ABIQUIU, NM

William P. Brown, a William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, will teach his first course at Ghost Ranch June 15-20, 2015. 

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