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Committee affirms PC(USA)’s commitment to interfaith relationships, honors four for outstanding ecumenical service

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 19:36

March 18, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly


A committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved a paper affirming the church’s commitment to interfaith relationships, while also commending two congregations and two individuals for outstanding ecumenical and interfaith service.

At its January meeting, the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relationships (GACEIR) voted to recommend “The Interreligious Stance of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)” for approval as a policy statement by the 221st General Assembly (2014).

Cuban church leaders press for normalization with U.S.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:30

Restrictions hurt Cuban families, church-to-church relations, Cuban and U.S. religious officials tell Congress

March 18, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily


Growing religious freedom and a vibrant religious community, as well as strong relationships between Cuban and U.S. churches, mean that the decades-long U.S. embargo against Cuba needs to end, Cuban and U.S. religious leaders told policymakers in Washington last month

Call and response

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 09:35

God’s grace, believers’ gratitude are theme of new hymnal, final celebration told

March 18, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter


Singing the hymns of the church gives congregations not just words about God’s “mighty acts” but “has something to teach us in our very bodies about the workings of God’s grace,” theologian Martha Moore-Keish told a crowd of more than 200 gathered at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church here for the sixth and final formal celebration of the new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) hymnal, Glory to God.

Presbyterian co-leading CWS tornado recovery workshops in Illinois this week

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 07:30

March 18, 2014

Church World Service

Lesley Crosson


Recovery from a disaster event requires a “whole community” approach, and Illinois’ tornado-battered Champaign and Massac counties are no exception.

A port after the storm

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:30

Small New Jersey church serves as local headquarters for Hurricane Sandy recovery

March 17, 2014

Volunteers worked to get First Presbyterian Church of Moonachie, N.J., ready for its role as a walk-in center. —courtesy of Bergen County VOAD/LTRC

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Toni Montgomery


Nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Sandy, the work of rebuilding in Bergen County, N.J., still seems daunting and never-ending. But the contributions of one small church have made a world of difference.

PPC announces revitalized benevolence programs

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:30

March 17, 2014

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation

Contact: Rev. Laura M. Cheifetz


The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) is revitalizing its benevolence programs, providing resources for international seminaries, newly ordained teaching elders, new worshiping communities/church developments, and for churches recovering from disaster.

Journey and awaken into God’s diverse world

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:30

15th National Multicultural Church Conference meets July 31-Aug. 3

March 17, 2014

Participants gather during the 2012 National Multicultural Church Conference in Charlotte, N.C. —Willem Bodisco Massink

Contact: Raafat Girgis

Associate for Multicultural Congregational Support


This year’s National Multicultural Church Conference’s theme, “Journeying and Awakening into God’s Diverse World,” is a call for the church to be open to change and innovation.

Survey finds growth, vitality in multisite church model

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:00

March 17, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks


The vast majority of multisite churches are growing, according to a new study, and they are seeing more involvement from lay people and newcomers after they open an additional location.

‘Not just hands, but also a voice’

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:00

Presbytery of Genesee Valley connects hands-on mission with the work of advocacy

March 14, 2014

Gates Presbyterian Church in Rochester, N.Y., hosted a community dinner with Jamaican farmworkers last November. —courtesy Gates Presbyterian Church

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Communications Associate


Susan Orr made a surprising discovery about the congregations of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley.

Presbytery unites youth groups for mission

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:30

A story from the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study (p. 80)

March 14, 2014

New Covenant youth prepare food for the hungry. —Caressa Murray

Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

the Rev. Caressa Murray

Coordinator for youth ministry, Presbytery of New Covenant


The Presbytery of New Covenant is living out what it means to be the connectional church by helping youth groups unite for mission.

Faith-based voices urge expansion of access to HIV treatment

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:00

March 14, 2014

World Council of Churches


Faith-based organizations, with the United Nations, have urged expansion of access to anti-retroviral treatment for persons living with HIV and AIDS in a consultation organized by the UNAIDS and Caritas Internationalis, from Feb. 25-26 here.

EEOC details employer rules as religious worker complaints rise

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 07:00

March 14, 2014

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new, detailed guidelines for employers March 6 as the number of complaints and million-dollar settlements for cases of religious workplace discrimination neared record levels in 2013.

San Antonio pastor is third candidate for GA moderator

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 13:19

Mission Presbytery endorses the Rev. Kelly Allen

March 13, 2014

The Rev. Kelly Allen —Courtesy of University Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter


The Rev. Kelly Allen, pastor of University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, has been endorsed by Mission Presbytery to stand for moderator of the upcoming 221st General Assembly, June 14-21 in Detroit. 

National Presbyterian Church of Mexico excludes recently ordained woman pastor

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:30

Dispute over role of women continues between national, regional bodies

March 13, 2014

Latin American Council of Churches

Leopoldo Cervantes-Ortiz

distributed by Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency


Pastor Cira Hernández Gutiérrez, who was ordained to ministry in the Communion of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches of Chiapas on Dec. 15 last year, has been  excluded from the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico because of ongoing differences in ways the Bible is read and understandings of the role of women in the church.

PPC announces revitalized leadership development opportunity for racial/ethnic seminaria

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 08:28

March 13, 2014

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation

Contact: Laura Cheifetz

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation


The Robert W. Bohl Racial/Ethnic Leadership Program provides a seminarian the opportunity to explore publishing as a ministry by serving for ten weeks in the summer at the office of Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC).  

Remembering how it was when we were still brothers

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 07:30

How Russian Protestants are responding to the crisis in Ukraine

March 13, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

William Yoder


The primary reaction of Russian evangelicals to the present Russian-Ukrainian crisis has been one of silence and sadness coupled with multiple days of fasting and prayer. Their sadness and nostalgia were expressed by the prayer of a layman in a Moscow Baptist service March 2: “Remind us of how it was when we were still brothers!” 

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship launches Peace Communities Partnership initiative

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:30

‘Intentional peace communities’ invited to apply for one-year grants

March 12, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter


The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) has announced a new Peace Communities Partnership initiative in which it seeks to encourage and support “diverse intentional peace communities” across the country.

WCC general secretary shares with pope aspirations for unity, justice and peace

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:00

March 12, 2014

World Council of Churches


In an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit stressed the significance of Christian unity. He also expressed appreciation for Pope Francis’s call to pray for peace in Syria and his call for churches to remember the poor, encouraging Christians to work for economic justice.

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.


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