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One pastor’s response

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:09

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2014

"Men in the Mirror: Orienting Our Lives toward a Christ‐ Centered Masculinity," a 13‐session curriculum that uses the Gospels’ portrayals of Christ to counter domestic violence. —Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network

Presbyterian News Service

The Rev. Kevin E. Frederick

Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network

VALDESE, N.C.

On May 2, 2012, in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, five family members huddled together behind locked doors: Lisa Mederos, age 47, her daughters Amber, 23, and Brittany, 19, and Amber’s 15-month-old daughter, Lily, and fiancé, Jimmy Hiot. They were hiding from Lisa’s ex-boyfriend,

Jason Todd “J. T.” Ready, well known for his anti-immigrant tirades and links to neo-Nazi organizations, and with a history of abusing Lisa and threatening Jimmy. Suddenly, they heard a loud noise — Ready’s truck crashing into the garage.

The “Crises” of C. S. Lewis Mark the Subject of New Book

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:07

October 1, 2014

Westminster John Knox

Louisville, KY

Gregory S. Cootsona addresses the question of why C. S. Lewis remains so popular, selling more books today than when he died in 1963. In C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian (Westminster John Knox Press), Cootsona explores the hardships and struggles that Lewis faced throughout his life. 

Book on pastoral succession: ‘All pastors are interim pastors’

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00

October 1, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON

For congregations that haven’t thought about who will succeed their current pastor, the authors of the new book Next: Pastoral Succession That Works have words of warning: Be prepared.

New UN document opens door for churches to do more for indigenous rights

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:55

September 30, 2014

The WCC Indigenous People's representatives in New York for the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. —Courtesy of WCC

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches News

NEW YORK

For ecumenical representatives of indigenous faith communities who attended the U.N. conference, held in New York on Sept. 22 and 23, and other side events, the six-page outcome document is significantly lends motivation and teeth to a movement that has sought to secure the rights of Indigenous People's around the world.

Advocate for the common good

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:00

International peacemaker from Malawi says churches should work to hold governments accountable

September 30, 2014

Moses Makandawire. —Photo by Joseph Williams

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Pat Cole

LOUISVILLE

Twelve international peacemakers from around the world are visiting congregations, presbyteries and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sept. 19-Oct. 12.

They are sharing their stories about church-based ministries in their countries that seek peace justice and pursue peace in the name of Jesus Christ. This year’s international peacemakers come from Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, South Sudan and Syria.

PC(USA) reaffirms commitment to deportees via Sanctuary 2014 movement-Korean

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:27

September 30, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Associate for Communications

미국 장로교가 피난처 2014 운동을 통해 추방자들에 대한 의지를 재확인하다

2014년 9월 24일
장로교 사무 총회국
토야 리차드 잭슨
커뮤니케이션 책임자 및 정서기보
루이빌, 켄터키

미국 장로교는 추방의 위험에 직면하여 망명을 요청하는 자들을 보호하는 일에 앞장서고 있으며, 사실 수십년 동안 앞장 서 왔다. 그리고 오늘 우리 교단은 피난처 2014 운동 (Sanctuary 2014 movement)과 연대함으로 그러한 의지를 재확인했다.

신앙 및 이민 공동체 연합은 피난처를 제공하는 일에 헌신적인 교회들의 성장 네트워크를 조명하고, 미 정부가 추방을 멈추도록 도전하기 위해 내셔널 원격 회의를 열었다. 이 회의 발기인들에는PC(USA), Church World Service, PICO National Network, Philadelphia New Sanctuary Movement, and Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition가 ...

New Presbyterian Giving Catalog offers creative way to make a difference

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:00

‘Alternative giving’ resource now in second year

September 29, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Pat Cole

Communications Specialist

LOUISVILLE

After a successful launch in the fall of 2013, the Presbyterian Giving Catalog has entered its second year with a new edition and with new tools to help congregations encourage alternative giving.

Historic civil rights church to be considered for national recognition

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:00

September 29, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON

The West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, where the Rev. Ralph Abernathy Sr. and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. met, prayed and organized the civil rights movement, could be on its way to formal national recognition after a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday (Sept. 15).

Peace and tolerance

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:00

New opportunities emerging for church, Egypt International Peacemaker says

September 29, 2014

Ibrahim Makram. —Photo by Joseph Williams

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Twelve international peacemakers from around the world are visiting congregations, presbyteries and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sept. 19-Oct.12.

They are sharing their stories and church-based ministries in their countries that seek peace, justice and pursue peace in the name of Jesus Christ. This year’s international peacemakers come from Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, South Sudan and Syria. 

Yale chaplain's resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:00

September 26, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

WASHINGTON

When an Episcopal chaplain at Yale University seemed to suggest that Jews were culpable for Israel’s actions against Palestinians and a related rise in global anti-Semitism, his comments not only led to his resignation but rekindled a debate within mainline Protestant churches about how to respond to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Learning healing, finding peace

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Bangladesh (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 221)

September 26, 2014

For his practical training in the ministry of healing, Suvojeet Mondal visits Dighi, who is crippled. —Photo by Cindy Morgan

Presbyterian News Service

Les and Cindy Morgan

PC(USA) mission co-workers

DHAKA, Bangladesh

I’m enjoying a peaceful late evening sitting alone next to the side rail of the upper deck of the overnight riverboat Shurobhi-7, heading north to Dhaka. I’ve just spent two days with one of my former theological students, now a lay pastor serving a rural congregation in southern Bangladesh. I went to encourage him in his outreach to the sick, and together, along with a parish elder, we visited several homes in their village.

No reconciliation, no peace

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:00

Churches trying to broker Bible and theological based political solutions , says Madagascar International Peacemaker

September 26, 2014

Lala Haja Rasendrahasina. —Photo by Joseph Williams

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

Twelve international peacemakers from around the world are visiting congregations, presbyteries and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sept. 19-Oct. 12.

They are sharing their stories about church-based ministries in their countries that seek peace justice and pursue peace in the name of Jesus Christ. This year’s international peacemakers come from Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, South Sudan and Syria.

‘Over there’ is right here

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:00

PC(USA)’s ‘Living Missionally’ initiative seeks to inspire congregations to reach out to their communities

September 25, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Roger Dermody closed the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Board’s meeting Sept. 19 with a presentation, an invitation, and a charge.

After summarizing the new churchwide initiative, Living Missionally—which was unanimously adopted by the 221st General Assembly (2014) — the PMA’s deputy executive director for mission called upon the board for its help and engagement.

Ukraine is flowing with blood, say bishops, warning worse could come

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:00

September 25, 2014

Ecumenical News

Peter Kenny

GENEVA

Ukrainian Greek-Catholic bishops from around the world, meeting in Lviv for their annual Holy Synod, have appealed to the international community to help restore peace in Ukraine.

Americans slowly starting to climb out of poverty, according to new census data

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:00

September 25, 2014

Bread for the World Communications

Fito Moreno

WASHINGTON

Poverty decreased slightly — by 0.5 percent — last year, according to new data released Sept. 16 by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is the first time a decrease has been seen since 2006.

Revisiting the gospel in Egypt

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:00

Recent upheavals cause rethinking of incarnation, evangelism, seminary president Gendy says

September 25, 2014

Atef Gendy. —Photo by Jerry L. Van Marter

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

The recent upheavals in Egypt have given the country’s churches “the opportunity to revisit the gospel we preach,” a leading Egyptian theological educator told the Presbyterian News Service in an exclusive interview here Sept. 15.

Thirst for peace

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:00

Resolution of Israel-Palestine conflict possible ‘if we work hard for it,’ Palestinian International Peacemaker says

September 25, 2014

George Abueed. —Photo by Joseph Williams

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Twelve international peacemakers from around the world are visiting congregations, presbyteries and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Sept. 19-Oct.12.

They are sharing their stories and church-based ministries in their countries that seek peace, justice and pursue peace in the name of Jesus Christ. This year’s international peacemakers come from Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, South Sudan and Syria.

God provides

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Democratic Republic of the Congo (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 138)

September 24, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

John and Glenda Fletcher

PC(USA) mission co-workers

GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPITAL, Kasai

Orphaned at age 12, Isuku Isuku (nicknamed Socrate) has experienced some tough times in his short life in the far west of Congo. Compared to many other orphaned Congolese children, however, he was fortunate in that a local woman, Mama Micheline Kakene Kikar, had agreed to be a foster mother to him and two of his siblings.

PC(USA) reaffirms commitment to deportees via Sanctuary 2014 movement

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:37

September 24, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Louisville, KY

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is, and has been for decades, on the front lines of protecting asylum seekers in danger of deportation, and today the denomination re-affirmed its commitment by standing in solidarity with the Sanctuary 2014 movement.

Why same-sex marriage is expected to heat up this election among evangelicals

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:00

September 24, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

WASHINGTON

As more states affirm same-sex marriage, U.S. evangelicals continue to wrestle with homosexuality, setting boundaries for what's acceptable and what's not, and setting the stage for a heated fall election season.

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