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Steven Wirth has joined the Presbyterian Foundation as Ministry Relations Officer

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 08:36

March 12, 2014

Rev. Dr. Steven Wirth will serve Presbyterians, congregations and related organizations as a Foundation Ministry Relations Officer starting on March 4th.  Wirth will be located in Long Beach, California and will be available to all those in our Southwest Region including California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii.  

A Church No Longer Subdued: Be a Voice for Peace

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 08:17

Syria-Lebanon Network Meeting

March 12, 2014

Rev. Fadi Dagher visits with Syrian refugee children

Jessica Denson

Freelance Communicator

Louisville, KY

Syria and Lebanon are a long way from the United States. It can be easy to feel removed from the violence there affecting nearly 10 million people, among them, 3 million Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.

But to remain silent and immobile as people of faith is to allow violence to continue.  That is why the taking part in the upcoming Syria-Lebanon Network meeting is so important – whether you’ve been involved missionally in the region before or not.

Study: Protestant work ethic isn’t just Protestant anymore

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 07:00

March 12, 2014

Religion News Service

Kimberly Winston

WASHINGTON

America's vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it might be more of an atheist work ethic.

PC(USA), African partners empower women

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Congo ― Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 138-139

March 11, 2014

Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

Christi Boyd

PC(USA) mission co-worker

KINSHASA, Congo

Last November, I heard one widow after the other share about her ordeal. I was back in the Congo for the first time in fifteen years to discern with Jeff (Boyd) the question our Presbyterian World Mission colleagues had brought before us: Would we consider relocating to this country from which we had evacuated twice with our three young children?

Notes about people

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:00

March 11, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

A compilation of news about people in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Lent Letter: World Communion of Reformed Churches

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 09:00

A letter from the general secretary

March 11, 2014

World Communion of Reformed Churches

distributed by Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency

HANNOVER, Germany

Warm greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from the WCRC offices in Hannover.

Spreading the spirit of General Assembly

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:00

Facebook page offers way to connect before June 14-21 gathering in Detroit

March 10, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

With the 221st General Assembly just about three months away, the Office of the General Assembly is hoping to get Presbyterians into the spirit of the biennial gathering.

WCRC joins Presbyterian advocates for women at UN Commission on the Status of Women

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:50

March 10, 2014

World Communion of Reformed Churches

distributed by Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency

Dora Arce Valentín, the World Communion of Reformed Churches’ executive secretary for justice and partnership, will join a delegation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that will advocate for gender equity with the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women March 10-21. This Commission is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.

Inspired by St. Francis, young adults look to emulate his bond with nature

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 07:01

March 10, 2014

Religion News Service

Renee K. Gadoua

SYRACUSE, N.Y.

On a recent Saturday, members of the local Franciscan Earth Corps stocked shelves and cleaned storage rooms at a food pantry. In early March, the group will screen “Triple Divide,” a documentary about hydrofracking. Later this spring, they’ll put up bluebird boxes at a retreat center.

Social media Sunday

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:30

Illinois church experiments with worshiping in ways familiar and new

March 7, 2014

Members of Winnetka Presbyterian Church took selfies, tweeted and engaged in other social media during worship Feb. 23. —Karen Bowen

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Erin Dunigan

WINNETKA, Ill.

Though it was the seventh Sunday in ‘ordinary time,’ it was hardly an ordinary Sunday for the people of Winnetka Presbyterian Church

Seminary news

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:00

March 7, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

A compilation of news from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related seminaries.

Whitworth to host PC(USA)’s conversation on Unity with Difference March 12-14

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:00

Led by Neal Presa, event includes presentations on race, gender, religious identities

March 7, 2014

Whitworth University News

Lucas J. Beechinor

SPOKANE, Wash.

Whitworth University will host the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s third Conversation on Unity with Difference March 12-14 in the Seeley Mudd Chapel. The three-day event, organized and led by PC(USA) General Assembly Moderator Neal Presa, will feature seven presentations on topics related to race, gender and religious identities.

John Ortberg’s Menlo Park Presbyterian votes to leave PCUSA despite $8 million fee

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:14

March 7, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

WASHINGTON

Members of one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to leave the denomination, despite facing an $8.89 million cost for leaving.

Dumpster diving as an act of faith

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 07:00

March 7, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

NEW YORK

As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life.

Board of Pensions grants 4.6% experience apportionment

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:00

Increase in church workers’ pensions is largest since 1999

March 6, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

PHILADELPHIA

Buoyed by a 17.1 percent return on its balanced investment portfolio in 2013, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Board of Pensions (BOP) voted here March 1 to approve a 4.6 percent experience apportionment, the largest such increase since 1999.

Conciliation essential, says Central Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 09:30

March 6, 2014

Latin American Council of Churches

distributed by Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency

CARACAS, Venezuela

In light of the current socio-political situation in Venezuela, the Central Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela (IPV) at its XXXIV Council, held from Feb. 14-16 in Valles del Tuy, made public a Pastoral Letter to the Venezuelan people, as “a modest contribution to peace and understanding between those of us who live in this land of grace.”

Rwanda: 20 Years Later

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 09:15

An interview with Dr. Elisee Musemakweli, President of the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda

March 6, 2014

Dr. Elisee Musemakweli, President of the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda, with Rev. Debbie Braaksma, a mission worker with more than 20 years of experience in African mission

Jessica Denson

Freelance Communicator

It started without warning.

That’s how Dr. Elisee Musemakweli, President of the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda, remembers the genocide that gripped his home country in 1994.

“Before that time, Rwandans lived peacefully and in harmony,” Dr. Musemakweli said. “Society in general was peaceful. We didn’t think things like genocide could happen. It was a big [shock] for all Rwandans to experience this tragedy because before that time there were no signs for the people that this kind of tragedy could happen.”

Presbytery and synod news

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 07:00

March 6, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

A compilation of news from mid councils across the country.

Special Offerings launches Pentecost video contest

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:18

Youth groups invited to submit original videos showing impact of Pentecost Offering

March 5, 2014

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Contact: Jordan Whitt

Special Offerings

LOUISVILLE

For the second year, Presbyterian youth groups from across the country are invited to submit original videos communicating the impact and importance of the Pentecost Offering.

2014 Seven Weeks for Water campaign kicks off

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:00

Ecumenical effort urges “pilgrimage towards water justice”

March 5, 2014

A woman gets help from other women to lift a water container onto her head, after filling it at a pump in Chidyamanga, a village in southern Malawi. —Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches Communications

GENEVA

Starting March 3, the “Seven Weeks for Water” campaign invites churches, faith-based organizations and individuals around the world to join a “pilgrimage towards water justice.” This theme is addressed by an online compilation of reflections shared every week during Lent, raising awareness about universal access to water and sanitation.

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