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British churches to celebrate Magna Carta’s 800th birthday by reasserting its Christian heritage

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:40

January 23, 2015

Religion News Service

CANTERBURY, England

Churches here are planning a major campaign to reassert Britain’s Christian heritage on the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Border towns like Douglas and Agua Prieta reflect complicated immigration struggle

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:15

January 23, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Douglas, Arizona

The complexity of the American immigration debate couldn’t be more apparent than it is from Pan American Avenue in the border town of Douglas and from Internacional, the street directly across in Agua Prieta, Mexico.

A steady stream of cars, trucks, vans, and other vehicles line up to enter the United States Customs and Border Protection port of entry headed south into Mexico and north into the U.S. The people are diverse and they wait patiently to cross, generally for business or pleasure; commerce or recreation.

Black churches offer scholarships to students at Michael Brown’s alma mater

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:00

January 23, 2015

Religion News Service

Wellston, MO

They filed into the gym Monday (Jan. 12) for an assembly about graduation and applying for colleges — an intentionally vague description that wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for a senior class.

Instead, the seniors at Normandy High School learned that full-tuition scholarships would be given to 11 of them in honor of Michael Brown, who graduated just days before he was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer.

Praying with few words

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:20

Evangelism conference participants seek connection, intimacy with God.

January 22, 2015

Disciple-Making Conference participants are learning that silence and solitude are preparation for hearing God speak. —Paul Seebeck

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

St. Petersburg, FL

After two days of teaching on solitude and silence, conference goers heard these words, from the Sermon on the Mount, as they resonated throughout the room: 

“Whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.” (Matt. 6:6 NET)

Christian writer Margaret Feinberg shares breast cancer struggles, lessons on joy

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:00

January 22, 2015

Vertigo. Anemia. Depression. Receding gums. Early menopause. A double mastectomy.

These are just a few of the many terrors that Margaret Feinberg hid from the public after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis in 2013 before age 40. While the popular Christian author’s books have sold nearly a million copies and she speaks to more than 80,000 people each year, she couldn’t find the words to share this part of herself.

Holy Week Pilgrimages At Ghost Ranch

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:00

January 22, 2015

Becky Chamberlain

Abiquiu, NM

Discover the many benefits found in the ancient art and practice of Christian pilgrimage during Holy Week, April 2 - April 5, 2015 at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center in the painted desert of northern New Mexico.

Journeying in Hope (Viajando en Esperanza)

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:44

January 21, 2015

Walk with undocumented persons surviving along the United States-Mexico border in this video documentary produced by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of the General Assembly. Journeying in Hope, which includes a companion print series, spotlights the immigration issue and amplifies efforts by the PC(USA) and its faith partners to provide sanctuary and support.

Southside Presbyterian is a model for the Church’s immigration response

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:43

Congregation is part of ecumenical coalition providing sanctuary, support

January 21, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Tucson, Arizona

There is activity everywhere – small-groups meeting around the campus, meals being prepared in the kitchen, day laborers waiting to be picked up for work, and even someone living on the grounds. Most of what happens at Southside centers on the congregation’s deep-rooted commitment to love of neighbor and care for the stranger.

Dubbed the birthplace of the sanctuary movement and situated 60 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, Southside is the epicenter of the Christian Church’s response to the United States immigration struggle. And Southside is, some assert, one of the best models for what the Church needs to do as the nation wrestles with immigration reform.

Dismissing the crowds

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:50

Disciple-Making Conference encourages participants to practice silence.

January 21, 2015

Evangelism disciple making conference goers react to being given permission to be like Jesus by dismissing the crowds when the demands of ministry overwhelm. —Paul Seebeck

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

St. Petersburg, FL

To practice the spiritual disciplines of solitude and silence, PC(USA) pastor B. J. Woodworth goes away to a monastery once a year. On his most recent visit, he found himself incredibly restless.

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

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:41

January 21, 2015

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.

PC(USA) advocating for the safety and release of two pastors detained in Sudan

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:54

January 21, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

Khartoum, Sudan

Church partners in Sudan and South Sudan have asked for prayers for two pastors, Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Yen, who have been detained without charge in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.

Líderes de la IP(EE. UU.) condenan los actos de violencia en Paris y piden justicia

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:34

January 21, 2015

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Louisville

Este día, como personas de fe que creemos en un Dios de sanidad y restauración, oramos por la ciudad de París y todos los que habitan en ella. Denunciamos los actos de violencia sin sentido y el terrorismo que han tenido lugar en los últimos días allí, y buscamos la justicia para las víctimas inocentes que han perdido sus vidas y a los ciudadanos que han sido llevados al miedo. Del mismo modo, condenamos el antisemitismo que fue parte de estos ataques, y a cualquier organización que busque infligir terror en nombre de la ...

La IP(EE. UU.) lamenta la pérdida del ex Moderador y líder ecuménico

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:28

January 21, 2015

Oficina de la Asamblea General

El reverendo Syngman Rhee, ministro presbiteriano, profesor de seminario, y líder respetado en la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) y ampliamente en la comunidad de fe, murió el 14 de enero en Atlanta, poco después de ser diagnosticado con una forma agresiva de cáncer. Tenía 83 años.

Elegido en el año 2000 como Moderador de la Asamblea General de la IP(EE.UU.), Rhee fue el primer asiático-americano que sirvió en esa posición. También se desempeñó como presidente del Consejo Nacional de Iglesias desde el 1992 hasta el 1993.

«Syngman fue un ...

PC(USA) mourns loss of former Moderator and ecumenical leader - Korean

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:21

January 21, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

미국 장로교가 전 미국 장로교 총회장 및 에큐메니칼 리더의 죽음을 애도하다

장로교 총회 사무국

장로교 목사이며, 세미너리 교수이며, 미국 장로교와 여러 신앙 공동체들에서 존경받는 리더이신 이 승만 목사께서 급속도로 진행되는 형태의 암 진단을 받은 지 얼마되지 않아 애틀란타에서 1월 14일에 소천하셨다. 향년 83세였다.

2000년에 미국 장로교 총회장으로 선출된 이 승만 목사는 아시안 어메리칸으로서는 처음으로 그 자리에서 섬겼다. 그는 또한 1992-1993년까지 내셔널 교회 협의회(NCC)의장으로 섬기기도 했다.

미국 장로교 총회 정서기인 그래디 파슨스는 “이승만 목사님은 지칠줄 모르는 예수 그리스도의 제자였습니다. 그는 한국 전쟁으로 인한 절망적인 상황에서 일어나 선교 분야에서 세계적인 리더가 되셨습니다. 그는 겸손한 마음을 지니신 믿음의 거인이었습니다”라고 회고했다 ...

Presbyterian Village North residents find joy in giving to neighbors in need

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:00

January 21, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

DALLAS, TX

For residents of the Presbyterian Village North assisted-living facility in Dallas, the joy of helping others extends well beyond the holiday season. Every week, residents team up to support the Wilkinson Center, a local nonprofit that helps clients move out of poverty toward self-sufficiency and fuller lives. 

PC(USA) college ministries encouraged to apply for Campus Ministry Grant

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:00

Letters of interest for $100,000 Vocation Initiative Grant from Lilly Endowment, due February 2

January 20, 2015

Sunday night meals at the Pres House help foster a sense of home and community at the Pres House—one of ten PC(USA) collegiate ministries receiving a campus ministry grant from Lilly Endowment. —Erica Liu

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

Ten Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) campus ministries — 14 if you count the ecumenical ministries—have received $100,000 Campus Ministry Initiative Grants from the Lilly Endowment.

Evangelism disciple making conference engages in ‘divine therapy’

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:00

Participants called to rest and practice the disciplines of solitude, silence, and prayer

January 20, 2015

Katrina Woodworth listens to evangelism conference participants describe the desires of their hearts—after hearing her story of divine healing through her spiritual practice of yoga. —Paul Seebeck

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

St. Petersburg, FL

Before Katrina Woodworth started practicing spiritual disciplines she was suffering from post-partum depression. She had four young children at home, including newborn twin boys, and a long family history of anxiety and depression.

Contemplative Church At Ghost Ranch

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:00

January 20, 2015

Ghost Ranch

Becky Chamberlain

Abiquiu, NM

Ghost Ranch will host Peter Traben Haas for Contemplative Church, February 2-8, 2015 a retreat for clergy and church leaders. During the week-long program, participants will re-discover the contemplative, inner dimension of Christianity through prayer, teaching, spiritual exercises, time in nature and more.  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Inspires Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Staff to a Renewed Commitment to Free Oppressed People

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 04:00

January 19, 2015

Presbyterian Center staff in special worship service to witness to the love of God in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. —Kristena Morse

Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries

Kristena Morse

Louisville

Fifty years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, staff from across all six agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) came together Wednesday during a special worship service to witness to the love of God in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a martyr to the faith, in the cause of justice, whose birthday is being celebrated today in a national holiday honoring King.

Risen from the ashes

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:00

Rebuilt New Jersey Church wins religious architecture award; three other PC(USA) churches also honored

January 16, 2015

West Side Presbyterian Churc, Ridgewood, NJ —Peter Aaron/Esto

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

communications strategist, Theology, Worship and Education

LOUISVILLE

No sooner had West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey, celebrated a successful renovation of its chapel and Christian education building than the events of 9/11 changed the church — and everyone’s lives — forever.

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