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July edition of Facing Racism leverages Big Tent theme and resources

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 06:30

July 17, 2017

On the heels of the Big Tent conference in St. Louis, the ongoing PC(USA) Facing Racism campaign has released resources from the event with the theme “Race, Reconciliation and Reformation.”

Advocates gather around threats to family farmers and other Iowans

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:04

July 14, 2017

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) hosts its annual convention tomorrow and expects nearly 1,000 people from across the state to share concerns facing family farms. CCI was organized in 1975 when a handful of clergy began working on housing, crime and safety, and other urban concerns. When the 1980s Farm Crisis hit, they expanded the work throughout rural Iowa to support farmers by helping them obtain nearly $37 million in desperately needed credit. The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) supported that work financially for a number of years.

Presbyterian Historical Society has new development director

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:16

Shiley’s fundraising efforts will supplement per capita support

July 14, 2017

Presbyterian Historical Society

Fred Tangeman

Director of PHS Communications & Marketing


Kim A. Shiley has been named director of development at the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS). She begins her work on Monday, July 17.

“Kim brings years of experience as a director of development and an executive director for organizations in Philadelphia,” said the Reverend Dr. Beth Hessel, PHS executive director and Associate Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly. “She also has a deep faith background. We all look forward to working with her.”

사역장로에 관하여: 영적 지도자를 위한 월간 시리즈

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:00

하나님을 신뢰하십시오

July 14, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

다이애나 니시타 하이페츠 Diana Nishita Cheifetz

하나님을신뢰하십시오. 이 문구에는 제가 좋아하는 바닐라향의 온화한 느낌이 항상 있습니다. 그저 하나의 주목을 끌기 위해 스냅소리를 내거나 일어서서 노래하는 것과 같은 간단한 정서가 아닙니다. 그 자체로 "신뢰"는 꽤 길들여진 말입니다.

Respecto a los/as ancianos/as gobernantes: una serie mensual para líderes espirituales

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:52

Confianza en Dios

July 14, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

Confianza en Dios. La frase siempre ha tenido un sentimiento de vainilla, un poco desabrido para mí, aunque me gusta la vainilla. Simplemente no es un sentimiento para llamar la atención de uno - o levantarse y cantar. La palabra "confianza" en sí misma se siente muy mansa.

Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leaders

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:37

Trust in God

July 14, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

<한국어><Espaňol>  Trust in God. The phrase has always had a vanilla-bland feeling for me—even though I like vanilla. It just isn’t a sentiment to make one snap to attention—or rise up and sing. The word “trust” in itself feels pretty tame.

Iowa Presbyterian church offers ‘No Strings Attached’ education program

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:00

July 14, 2017

When the Waterloo School District cut music programs a few years ago, members and leadership at Unity Presbyterian Church saw an opportunity to partner with Kittrell Elementary School to provide music education opportunities.

World Protestant body issues solidarity message with Palestinian Christians

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:45

WCRC says ‘integrity of Christian faith is at stake’

July 13, 2017

The Rev. Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Christian leader, is pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem. —WCRC Photo

World Communion of Reformed Churches Communications

Stephen Brown

LEIPZIG, Germany

The World Communion of Reformed Churches has urged its more than 225 member churches worldwide to examine their mission, education and investment relationships with Israel and Palestine in the light of the witness of Palestinian Christians.

In a resolution adopted by consensus on 7 July, the WCRC’s General Council, meeting in Leipzig, Germany, said member churches should respond to this examination “as they understand the Reformed communion’s commitments to human rights and the protections of international law.”

Wisdom Journey: A Declaration of God-Dependence

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:35

July 13, 2017

The Declaration of Independence was an incredible document. For the first time in history, or at least for the first time in a history that lasted, it was declared that people have inalienable rights, endowed by God, that a government should protect and defend.

International Peacemaker to address struggles in Sierra Leone

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 09:14

July 13, 2017

U.S. churches, presbyteries and educational institutions have the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of the struggles facing West Africa this fall. Ebun James-DeKam, general secretary of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL), is among 16 international peacemakers who will be traveling across the country between September 22 and October 16.

Presbyterian Writers Guild: ‘Writing Parables that Address Racism’

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 07:00

July 13, 2017

As the Rev. Stephen McCutchan, an honorably retired PC(USA) minister in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a member of the Presbyterian Writers Guild (PWG) Board, considered some months ago what workshop he might offer at the PC(USA) Big Tent event, he immediately thought of his longtime friend and former pastoral colleague, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Stevenson, honorably retired in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Big Tent workshop offers stories and struggles of reconciliation around the world

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:30

July 12, 2017

At Friday’s Big Tent workshop, The Church’s Stories of Struggle and Reconciliation, representatives of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s (PMA) World Mission talked about the accompaniment of global partners in the work of peace building in South Sudan, Cuba and Israel-Palestine.

Recognizing systems of power and privilege that perpetuate racism

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 09:00

July 12, 2017

Dismantling racism was a popular topic at Big Tent 2017. The workshop Disrupting Racism: Building the Intercultural Community was attended by 50 percent more people than had registered.

Putting the cross in CrossFit

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 07:00

July 12, 2017

In 2014, the Rev. Michael Plank and his spouse, Lauren Grogan, opened a gym named Underwood Park CrossFit in Forth Albany, New York. Now more than 100 members pay a monthly fee to work out physically and spiritually there.

Retooling the church for the 21st century

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:31

July 11, 2017

General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson II told a Big Tent workshop here Saturday morning (June 8) that his recent trip to Wittenberg, Germany reminded him once again that 'the Protestant Reformation occurred over a long period of time … that it wasn’t like two weeks and – bam – we’re done.'

Like the church, Presbyterian worship is always being reformed

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:24

July 11, 2017

This year Presbyterians join Christians around the world in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But the Reformation is not over. It’s important to remember that the church — and its worship — are continuing to be reformed, said David Gambrell, associate for worship for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and co-author of the revised Book of Common Worship.

Honduras Mission Network provides critical funding for new mission position

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:15

July 11, 2017

While their formal preparation for ministry is modest, Presbyterian pastors in Honduras possess an abundance of 'faith seeking understanding.' Unfortunately, educational opportunities to help these faithful pastors to gain understanding — and fulfill the motto of St. Anselm of Canterbury — have been limited.

Shattering the stained glass ceiling

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 06:32

July 11, 2017

Participants attending the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 2017 Big Tent event “What if the Women Left? Shattering and Reframing the Stained Glass Ceiling” waited expectantly to hear what presenters had to say about gender discrimination within the denomin

2020 Vision Team: In search of a vision for the PC(USA)

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:14

July 10, 2017

2020 Vision Team discusses a church-sponsored coffee shop where the baristas are trained in pastoral care; a new congregation worshiping in a shopping mall; churches using their resources creatively — transforming unused buildings into affordable housing or incubators for faith development and spiritual practices.

Big Tent closing worship encourages planting and cultivating seeds of change

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 14:45

July 8, 2017

In the New Testament, Jesus shared the Parable of the Sower with his disciples. In that story, Jesus explains that as the sower sows the seeds, some may fall on rocky ground or among the thorns, while other seeds flourish in rich soil.


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