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Annie's children

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:00

ATS/PSCE legacy celebrated with historical marker

November 5, 2014

A crowd of 300 toasts the historical marker, which sits in front of Lingle Hall (pictured in background) on the former PSCE campus near Brook Road. —Photo by Jerry L. Van Marter

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

RICHMOND, Va.

In 1907, Annie Wilson – a young Presbyterian woman who desired to serve the church as an overseas missionary – sought admission to Union Theological Seminary here. Though there was no provision for women students, much less non-ministerial candidate students, the seminary allowed Wilson to attend classes … without credit.

Evangelical ethicist David Gushee is now pro-LGBT. Here’s why it matters.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 07:00

November 5, 2014

Religion News Service

Jonathan Merritt

NEW YORK

At a moment when American churches and politicians are warring over gay rights and same-sex marriage, each side needs every soldier it can muster. Conservatives are about to learn that one of America’s leading evangelical ethicists is defecting to the opposition.

Expansion plans

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:00

PC(USA)’s Hispanic/Latino Caucus elects officers, addresses growth

November 4, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

LAS VEGAS, Nev.

The National Hispanic/Latino Presbyterian Caucus (NHLPC) of the Presbyterian Church (USA), established in 1992, held its triannual business meeting here Oct. 23-24.

Discussions in Punta Cana encourage collaboration among ecumenical organizations

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:00

November 4, 2014

WCC associate general secretary Isabel Apawo Phiri at the ACT Alliance assembly in Punta Cana. —Photo by Sean Hawkey/ACT Alliance

World Council of Churches News

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic

The need for enhanced cooperation between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the ACT Alliance ― a partner organization of the WCC, especially in addressing the threat of climate change and a human rights-based approach to development ― was stressed at the 2nd General Assembly of the ACT Alliance in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic. 

Home grown

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 08:00

Stony Point Center’s ‘Farm to Table Gala’ promotes food justice, sustainable farming

November 4, 2014

Stony Point Center's Henny Keeperman preparing dessert trays for the gala. —Photo by Elyse Brazel, multifaith resident of the Community of Living Traditions

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Toni Montgomery

STATESVILLE, N.C.

Stony Point Center, a national conference center for the Presbyterian Church in Rockland County, New York, put food justice and sustainable farming front and center at their first “Farm to Table Gala” fundraiser last week.  

Monday at the movies

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 12:00

PSCE centennial celebration participants discuss theology and film

November 3, 2014

Pamela Mitchell Legg. —Photo by Jerry L. Van Marter

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

RICHMOND, Va.

The poet Carl Sandburg was quoted as saying: “Anything that brings you to tears by way of drama does something to the deepest roots of our personality. All movies, good or bad, are educational.” 

Stated Clerk part of delegation to Cuba

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:13

November 3, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is part of a delegation of faith leaders currently in Cuba for visits with church representatives, Cuban government officials, and others.

“It’s critical that we as faith leaders bring attention to justice and humanitarian issues,” Parsons said. “Our call is to advocate for those who are hindered from speaking for themselves and to change policies that do harm.”

A fresh expression for a frightening era

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:00

New evangelism movements seek to span gap between church, culture

November 3, 2014

"Vision Day" participants discuss "fresh expressions" of the church. —Erin Dunigan

Presbyterian News Service

Erin Dunigan

Special to Presbyterian News Service

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.

On an unseasonably hot Saturday in October more than 75 people from around Southern California gathered for a “Vision Day” to discover more about what it might mean to be involved in starting a “fresh expression of church.” 

Does purgatory have a prayer with Protestants?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 08:00

November 3, 2014

Religion News Service

WASHINGTON

On Sunday, Nov. 2, on what is known as All Souls’ Day, Roman Catholics around the world prayed for loved ones who have died and for all those who have passed from this life to the next. They were joined by Jerry Walls.

Nov. 8 memorial service set for Pam Byers

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 06:04

Ruling elder was founding executive director of Covenant Network

November 3, 2014

Pam Byers. —Photo courtesy of Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

A memorial service will be held for Pamela McLucas Byers on Saturday, November 8, at 10:00 am at Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. She died Oct. 27 after a recurrence of cancer.

Despite electronic voting snafu, commissioners and advisory delegates give GA 221 high marks

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:00

COGA approves plan to include Bible study in committee sessions

October 31, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

Despite problems with the electronic voting machinery that left frustrated commissioners voting for moderator by paper ballot for the first time in more than 20 years, the 221st General Assembly last summer in Detroit received generally high marks, a survey of Assembly participants shows.

Freedom of religion, belief must be protected in workplace says U.N. expert

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:00

October 31, 2014

— United Nations Human Rights Facebook page

Presbyterian News Service

Peter Kenny

Ecumenical News

GENEVA

United Nations human rights expert Heiner Bielefeldt has told the U.N. General Assembly that freedom to express one’s religion or belief without discrimination should be protected in the employment area.

New WCRC General Secretary stresses solidarity to bring change-Korean

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:08

October 31, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Louisville

개혁 교회 세계 연맹 (WCRC) 의 새로운 사무 총장이 변화를 가져오기 위해 연대를 강조하다.

WCRC의 새로운 사무 총장으로서 크리스토퍼 퍼거슨 목사가 갖고 있는 주요 목표들 중의 하나는 세계를 변화시키기 위한 더 큰 영향력을 발휘하기 위해 긴밀한 관계를 함께 강화시키는 것이다.

그는 다음과 같이 말한다: “이것은 세계의 변화를 위한 교회의 변화입니다. 우리들 중 아무도 스스로는 도래해야 할 변화들을 일으키기 위한 힘을 모을 수 없습니다. 우리는 의식적으로 하나님의 동행을 추구해야 하지만, 또한 서로를 필요로 합니다.”

퍼거슨은 지난 주 루이빌과 남부 인디애나에 있는 미국 장로교 사무실들을 방문하는 동안 그러한 협력을 강화하는 일에 힘썼다. 정서기를 포함하는 다양한 직원들이 미국 장로교의 사명과 사역에 대해 상세히 ...

Lessons learned

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:06

Growing pains accompany innovation and rapid growth for 1001 New Worshiping Communities

October 31, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

When 1001 New Worshiping Communities marked its official two-year anniversary on July 6, it did so not only by celebrating the initiative’s unprecedented growth beyond what anyone in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) could have hoped or imagined, but also by humbly acknowledging the lessons learned from the occasional misstep along the journey.

Tent of Nations

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:00

Cultivating hope against incredible odds in Palestinian territory

October 30, 2014

Outbuildings at Tent of Nations near Bethlehem. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Special to Presbyterian News Service

BETHLEHEM

Imagine coming to work only to find that the tools and services you use to perform your daily tasks have been taken away. As you look around, you see that your co-workers have everything they need to succeed. That’s how Daoud Nassar feels every day. 

The Reformation was never univocal, says Mexican Reformed theologian

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:00

October 30, 2014

Dan González Ortega's new book, "Theologies of the Protestant Reformation of the XVI and XVII Centuries." —Editorial Casa Unida de Publicaciones S.A. (CUPSA)

Presbyterian News Service

Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency

MEXICO CITY

The Rev. Dan González Ortega presented his book,  Theologies of the Protestant Reformation of the XVI and XVII Centuries, at the Gonzalo Báez-Camargo Methodist Seminary in Mexico City on Oct. 21. The book is published by the Editorial Casa Unida de Publicaciones S.A. (CUPSA).

La IP (EE.UU.) reafirma su compromiso con las personas deportadas a través del movimiento Santuario 2014

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:41

October 30, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Toya Richards Jackson

Directora de Comunicaciones y Secretaria Asistente Permanente

Louisville

La Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) esta y ha estado durante décadas, en la primera línea de protección de los solicitantes de asilo en peligro de deportación. En la actualidad la denominación reafirmó su compromiso al estar de pie en solidaridad con el movimiento Santuario 2014.

La coalición de las comunidades de fe y de inmigración se reunieron en una teleconferencia nacional para destacar la creciente red de congregaciones comprometidas en ofrecer santuario, y desafiar al gobierno de Estados Unidos a detener las deportaciones. Los patrocinadores de la llamada incluyen la IP (EE.UU ...

La oración alrededor del mundo mientras la familia reformada marca días especiales

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:28

October 30, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

Octubre incluye el domingo de Comunión Mundial, Domingo de la Reforma, y el Día de Todos los Santos. Mientras que la Reforma no se trata sólo de la familia reformada de la fe, me gustaría compartir con ustedes lo que algunos de nuestros santos reformados en preparación, están haciendo en el mundo.

El nuevo secretario general de la WCRC hace hincapié en la solidaridad para lograr cambio

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:33

October 29, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Toya Richards

Director of Communications

Louisville

Uno de los principales objetivos que tiene el reverendo Christopher Ferguson como nuevo secretario general de la Comunión Mundial de La Iglesias Reformadas (WCRC) es fortalecer el testimonio común de la comunión con el fin de ser una mayor fuerza para el cambio global. 

«Es la transformación de la iglesia para la transformación del mundo», dijo. «Ninguno de nosotros puede reunir la energía que se necesita para llevar a cabo aquellos cambios. Debemos buscar conscientemente acompañamiento de Dios, pero también necesitamos del uno al otro». 

BOP’s Spencer charts ‘optimistic’ course

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:00

Meeting includes celebration of Frank Maloney’s 40-year career

October 29, 2014

Frank Maloney reflects on his 40-year career with the Board of Pensions. —BOP photo

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

Using language far more theological than his predecessors, new Board of Pensions President Frank Spencer urged the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s pension and healthcare agency to be optimistic, even in the face of volatile health care and stock markets and huge financial pressures in the church.

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