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Montreat summer worship series concludes Aug. 3

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:30

Tennessee pastor Will Jones to preach season-ender

July 30, 2014

the Rev. Will Jones

Montreat Conference Center

Tanner Pickett

MONTREAT, N.C.

On Aug. 3, Montreat Conference Center welcomes the Rev. Will Jones as guest preacher in the last of the 2014 Summer Services for the Lord’s Day.

대통령께: 가자 지구와 이스라엘에서의 휴전을 위해 단호히 대처해 주기 바랍니다

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:08

July 30, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

170만 성도들과 1만 개 이상의 교회들로 구성된 미국 장로교는 미국 대통령께서 가자 지구와 이스라엘에서의 즉각적인 휴전을 위해 조치를 취해 줄 것을 요청한다.

그곳에서의 상황은 통제할 수 없을 정도로 악화되고 있다. 그곳에서의 유혈사태와 무력 행사는 정말 터무니 없을 정도이다. 수백 명이 살해되었고, 수천 명이 부상을 입었다. 사망자 수가 계속해서 증가하고 있다.

오늘, 믿음의 사람들과 평화의 일꾼들인 우리는 포격을 중지하고, 로켓 발사를 멈추며, 지상 공격을 멈출 것을 요청한다. 집들과 거리들, 심지어 병원 안에 산재해 있는 민간인 사상자들은 이스라엘 방위군이 7월 8일에 시작한 방어적 군사 작전 (Operation Protective Edge)의 결과물이다. 이것은 중단되어야 하며, 지금 중단 되어야 한다.

미국 장로교는 이슈가 단순하지 않다는 ...

Rabbi David Saperstein tapped as first non-Christian to serve as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:04

July 30, 2014

Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe and Brian Pellot

WASHINGTON

President Obama on July 28 said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998.

Refugees from Central America provide 'gifts' of grace

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:00

Faith-based volunteers grateful, yet concerned about possible changes to Child Protection Law

July 29, 2014

Presbyterians and faith partners in El Paso provided some 2,000 refugees with food, clothing, shelter — helping them with transportation to relatives in the U.S. —Paul Seebeck

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck, Communications Strategist

Special to Presbyterian News Service

EL PASO, Texas

As Central American refugees — families and unaccompanied children — continue to flood the South Texas border, immigration officials have changed where they are sending them.

 

Company of New Pastors announces expansion plans

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:00

Broadening transition-into-ministry program availability ‘a no-brainer’

July 29, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

GREENSBORO, N.C.

With more than 400 current participants and 500 alumni/ae, the Company of New Pastors (CNP) is setting its sights even higher.  

J. Herbert Nelson joins workers and faith leaders in demanding better jobs for federal workers

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:05

Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages. ― Jeremiah 22:13

July 29, 2014

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Office of Public Witness

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

WASHINGTON

The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) director for public witness, this morning joined with workers and other leaders in the faith community, including Presbyterian minister  the Rev. Michael Livingston of Interfaith Worker Justice and the  Rev. Sèkinah Hamlin of the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative (formerly National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative), in an action of nonviolent civil disobedience to urge President Obama to improve jobs for millions of workers. 

Grace for refugees from Central America

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:00

"Why were you so good to us?" refugees ask Presbyterian volunteers

July 28, 2014

Some 2,000 refugees asked Presbyterians and other faith partners in El Paso, "Why did you care so much about making us feel safe?" —Paul Seebeck

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck, Communications Strategist

Special to Presbyterian News Service

El Paso, Texas

Two years ago, Grace Presbyterian Church didn’t exist. In its place were three congregations—all worried they might not survive.

Now, after merging in November 2012, they are together and engaged in a much larger survival story of some 2,000 refugees from Central America.

How they and Grace ended up together—and what they did for each other—is remarkable.

“You don’t forget seeing the children’s mouths,” says Grace member Ruth Aguirre.  

New workers for Niger

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:30

A PC(USA) mission letter from Ghana (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 122)

July 28, 2014

In the city of Maradi, Niger’s second largest, the EERN currently has a library and computer training school, which they hope will serve as the basis for expanded skills training programs geared toward youth and youth adults. —Courtesy of Josh Heikkila

Presbyterian News Service

Josh Heikkila

PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa

ACCRA

Over the past four years, as I’ve travelled several times to Niger to meet with our partner there — the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger (a denomination known by its French acronym EERN), local church leaders have lifted up a number of areas in which they hope we in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) can work together more closely with them.

Two of the areas very important to them are education and development programs geared towards youth and young adults, and evangelism with a focus on adult literacy.

I’m excited that this year Presbyterian World Mission will be sending three mission co-workers to Niger to work alongside the EERN, doing mission and ministry in these two areas.

Con Respecto a los/as Ancianos/as Gobernantes: Equipados para el Ministerio

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:16

July 28, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Frank S. James

Louisville

Las personas tienen diferentes razones, no siempre espirituales, para aceptar servir como ancianos/as gobernantes, y no puedo decir exactamente que acepte serlo por la razón correcta. De hecho, no puede haber sido una decisión meditada. Con mi formación y experiencia como oficial del Ejército, por lo general tomo decisiones rápidas. Estuve casado tres meses después conocí a mi esposa, si no contamos el año de separación, ya que serví en Vietnam.

With Mosul’s Christians gone, Islamic State troops take over 4th-century monastery

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:00

July 28, 2014

Religion News Service

Cathy Otten

ERBIL, Iraq

A day after most of Mosul’s Christians fled, Islamic State fighters stormed the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery near the city.

Sr. Presidente: haga firme presión a favor del alto al fuego en Gaza e Israel

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:29

July 25, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

La Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) con un cuerpo de 1,7 millones de miembros y más de 10.000 congregaciones, hace un llamado al presidente de los Estados Unidos para presionar a favor de un alto el fuego inmediato en Gaza e Israel.

La situación está aumentando fuera de control. El derramamiento de sangre y el ejercicio del poder en la tierra en conflicto son inconcebibles. Cientos de personas han sido asesinadas y heridas, y la cifra de muertos sigue aumentando.

Este día, nosotros como personas de fe y agentes de paz, hacemos un llamado a poner ...

Extravagant generosity

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:00

A PC(USA) missionary letter from Zambia (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 141-142)

July 25, 2014

Presbyterian World Mission

Kari Nicewander and Joel DeJong

PC(USA) mission co-workers

LUSAKA

They were speaking rapid Nyanja, and while I could pick out a few phrases, I was completely unable to keep up with the discussion. I could tell that they were speaking about a man in prison, a man who would soon be released. And as the church vestry continued its heated discussion, I filled in the blanks.

A light shining in the darkness

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:00

WCRC’s Partnership Fund aids Bolivian women, children

July 25, 2014

World Communion of Reformed Churches

Paraic Reamonn

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia

Deep economic inequalities and the social exclusion of Indians and mestizos have led to chronic poverty affecting more than 5 million Bolivians.

IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:00

July 25, 2014

Religion News Service

Kimberly Winston

WASHINGTON

The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group.

Presbyterian pastor and his daughter write novel about their experiences with international adoption

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:30

July 24, 2014

Curtis Webster and his daughter Trang —courtesy Curtis Webster

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

When Curtis Webster and his wife decided to adopt a child, they knew what they were looking for: an older child from Southeast Asia. While browsing children’s profiles through an adoption agency, the couple, already parents to six children, came across a photo of an 11-year-old girl named Trang and knew they’d found their daughter.

WCRC invites nominations for prize promoting women in church leadership

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:30

Deadline for Sylvia Michel Prize is Aug. 31

July 24, 2014

World Communion of Reformed Churches

HANNOVER, Germany

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) is calling for nominations for a prize encouraging women to become leaders in their church.

Participating in the dance of life

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:43

Ingrid Reneau Walls’ journey to becoming a mission co-worker

July 24, 2014

Ingrid Reneau Walls

Presbyterian News Service

Rachel Shussett

PMA communications intern

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.

“Is Jesus your dance partner?” Ingrid Reneau Walls asked July 20 when speaking on the hymn “Lord of the Dance” at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church during worship.

Faith journeys

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:30

A PC(USA) mission letter from Guatemala (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 38-40)

July 23, 2014

Karla Koll (second from left) with UBL students from Peru and Chile. —courtesy Karla Koll

Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

the Rev. Karla Ann Koll

GUATEMALA CITY

At the beginning of the history of Christianity course I taught at the end of last year here at the Latin American Biblical University (UBL) I asked the students to share experiences they had had in history classes while they were in school.

WCC expresses concern over exodus of Christian community in Mosul, Iraq

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:00

July 23, 2014

World Council of Churches

GENEVA

In an official statement issued on July 21, the World Council of Churches' (WCC) general secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, expressed deep concern over the exodus of the Christian community from the Iraqi city of Mosul due to threats from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Tveit called these developments a “tragedy” for both Christians and Muslims. 

Faith communities are dumping their fossil fuel investments

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:21

July 23, 2014

Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe

WASHINGTON

Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies, which release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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