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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) welcomes the release of Pope Francis’ papal encyclical Laudato Sii

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:20

June 18, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

We celebrate the faithful witness and words of Pope Francis today as he encourages responsible, loving care for God’s creation in the release of his papal encyclical Laudato Sii. We affirm its echo of the great St. Francis’ reverence for nature. At the same time, we join the Pope in the urgency of truth-telling: we humans are largely responsible for global warming and we have to find ways to reverse track. The Pope is calling us all to environmental conversion: may we together find the immense moral and spiritual energy that the world powers have been lacking so far.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reaches out to its sisters and brothers of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:30

June 18, 2015

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reaches out to its sisters and brothers of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire Wednesday night during Bible study. We grieve with the families of the victims and members of their church community. We hope the perpetrator is soon captured and brought to justice.

An interview with Linda Valentine

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:46

Resigning PMA executive director says, ‘Listen for God’s call’

June 17, 2015

Linda Valentine —John Fitzgerald

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Additional reporting by Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Following the announcement of her resignation as executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Linda Valentine spoke with PNS about her last nine years in the position and what lies ahead for her, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Church partnership leads to successful tutoring program in Kentucky community

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 13:20

Presbyterian congregation invests in ‘Educate a Child’ effort

June 17, 2015

Church volunteers provide refreshments for students participating in after-school tutoring program. —Photo courtesy of First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville, Ky.

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Yvonne and José moved with their parents to Shelbyville, Ky., from Central America when they were second graders.  Their parents were looking for work in the agricultural and horse industry but wanted to ensure their children received a quality education, recognizing the language barrier could present some challenges.

Comienza el trabajo del comité de nominaciones para Secretario/a Permanente

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:18

June 17, 2015

Comunicado de Prensa

Louisville

El comité de la Asamblea General encargado de nombrar a un Secretario/a Permanente de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) ha comenzado su trabajo al desarrollar un cronograma como una de sus tareas iniciales

El comité de nominaciones para secretario/a permanente se reunió en Louisville desde el 12 hasta el 14 de mayo. Las Reglas Permanentes de la Asamblea General requieren que el comité empiece su labor a más tardar 300 días antes de la convocatoria de la asamblea, donde se presentará un candidato. La 222a Asamblea General  (2016) se reunirá el 18 de junio del 2016 ...

Churches nationwide celebrate Growing in Grace & Gratitude and respond with encouraging feedback

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:38

New PC(USA) denominational children’s curriculum beginning fall 2015

June 17, 2015

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff

Associate for Promotions

Louisville

Christian educators and PC(USA) church leaders across the nation are excited about Growing in Grace & Gratitude, the new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum beginning fall 2015. At introductory workshops, they are getting a firsthand look at how the curriculum will help transform the lives of children and those who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude.

PMA Executive Director Linda Valentine announces resignation

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:05

Says timing is right for new leadership

June 16, 2015

Linda Valentine —Michael Whitman

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

When Linda Valentine got a phone call nearly ten years ago asking if she would be interested in applying to become executive director of what is now the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), she listened hard for God’s call. At first, Valentine thought to herself, “There’s no way,” but when she later woke up every morning hearing a voice say to her, “Of course you’re going to do this; it’s where your life has been leading,” her path became clear. Today the longest-serving executive director of the PMA and its various predecessor organizations—whose election was first confirmed by the 217th General Assembly (2006) and again by the 221st General Assembly (2014) for an unprecedented third term—announced her resignation from that position effective July 10.

Testimonials offered for departing PMA executive director Linda Valentine

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:04

Colleagues praise Valentine’s leadership, faith and care for the church

June 16, 2015

LOUISVILLE

Colleagues offer praise for Linda Valentine’s leadership, faith and her care for the church.

Linda Valentine resigns post as executive director for Presbyterian Mission Agency

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:04

Says, ‘I am proud of what we have accomplished together’

June 16, 2015

Linda Valentine —John Fitzgerald

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), resigned her position in a June 16, 2015 announcement to staff. The Presbyterian Mission Agency is one of six independent agencies that make up the PC(USA), each with its own executive director.

PC(USA) ecumenical committee takes on issues of interfaith relations

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:13

Mutual hospitality and respect, theological training recommended

June 16, 2015

GACEIR committee members listen to an interfaith panel at their June 2015 meeting. —Gregg Brekke

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

Members of the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (GACEIR) gathered in Louisville June 10–12 with related staff to discuss their mandate, hear from panelists on the role of interreligious dialogue in theological education, share interfaith experiences and perceptions, and formulate approaches to share their work with the wider church.

Presbyterian Foundation, Board of Pensions Forge Pioneering Partnership

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 08:07

June 16, 2015

Determined to serve the Church to the utmost in this time of evolutionary change, the Presbyterian Foundation and The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have forged a pioneering partnership.

‘Grace and gratitude’ at Big Tent — Q&A with theologian Martha Moore-Keish

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 06:00

Seminary professor and author to present two workshops at Big Tent 2015

June 16, 2015

Martha Moore-Keish —Coenraad Brand, Columbia Theological Seminary

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Not only is Martha Moore-Keish an acclaimed theologian, she is also a poet. As the author of such noted books as “Christian Prayer for Today”and associate professor for Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, she interprets, in language rich with poetic refrain, the Presbyterian emphasis on grace and gratitude.

Stated Clerk urges prayer and recommitment to refugees and asylees

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 17:19

June 15, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

The Reverend Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Louisville

For world refugee day on June 20th, refugee advocacy week June 29th-July 2nd, and beyond, the Stated Clerk urges a time of prayer and recommitment to outreach and advocacy with refugees and asylees.

Presbyterian Disaster officials visit Central American families along the U.S. border

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:30

Churches step up to the challenge of ministering to asylum seekers

June 15, 2015

Laurie Kraus (left) and Susan Krehbiel (right) with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, meet with a family from Guatamala who are staying at a welcome home after release from a family detention center in Karnes, Texas. —Harvey Howell

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Thousands of Central American families are still waiting to be granted asylum a year after crossing the U.S. border. Court dockets and detention centers in the southwest are full and, according to church officials, the scenario is likely to continue for some time.

사역 장로에 관하여: 변화하는 지역에서의 사역

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 09:17

June 15, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

The Reverend Dr. Felipe N. Martinez

Louisville

교외에 위치한 어느 장로교회는 그 교회가 속한 지역이 변하고 있다는 것을 알고 있었다. 그 지역에는 점점 증가하고 있는 라틴 아메리칸계 가족들이 거주하고 있다. 그 교회의 한 사역 장로가 증가하는 라틴 아메리칸 공동체에 자기 교회가 어떻게 접근해야 할지에 대해 묻기 위해 나를 만나기 원했다. 그녀는 교회가 그들의 새로운 이웃들에게 예배할 수 있는 기회를 제공해야 한다고 생각했다. 

Con respecto a las ancianas y los ancianos gobernantes: Ministerio en vecindarios versatiles

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 09:08

June 15, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Reverendo Dr. Felipe N. Martínez

Louisville

Una iglesia presbiteriana suburbana sabía que su vecindario había ido cambiando al ver un incremento de familias latinas inmigrantes que ahora vivían por la zona. Una anciana gobernante de la iglesia quería reunirse conmigo para preguntarme cómo alcanzar a esa creciente comunidad Latina y pensó que la iglesia debería ofrecer oportunidades de adoración a sus nuevos vecinos. 

Regarding ruling elders: ministry in changing neighborhoods

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 09:02

June 15, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

The Reverend Dr. Felipe N. Martinez

Louisville

<한국의> <Espaňol> A suburban Presbyterian church knew that its neighborhood had been changing, with an increasing number of immigrant Latino families now living in the area. A ruling elder from the church wanted to meet with me to ask how they should reach out to the growing Latino community. As a church, she thought, they should offer worship opportunities to their new neighbors, so she was wondering how to start a Spanish-language service.

Tucson Young Adult Volunteers learn home repair, share cultures

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 08:45

Community partnership provides help and hope for those in need

June 15, 2015

Hanbyeol Nam

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

LOUISVILLE

In the dry, suffocating heat of the Arizona desert, acts of grace are happening in unexpected places—on rooftops, in crawl spaces, under mobile homes. Four Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) serving with Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA) are doing ordinary work with extraordinary results.

Georgia church makes big investment to help homeless families

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:22

PC(USA) congregation puts hearts and hands into ‘Promise House’

June 12, 2015

Promise House and Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Kennesaw, Ga. —Kirkwood Presbyterian

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

An active and growing church. A recently vacated adjacent home. An expected need for additional parking. A match made in heaven? For Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Kennesaw, Ga., the chance to purchase the lot and home next door in 2013 was a golden opportunity.

One body, one spirit, one sisterhood

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:09

Native American Presbyterian Women to gather in Minneapolis

June 12, 2015

Rhashell Hunter

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

"One body, one spirit, one sisterhood" is the theme of the Native American Presbyterian Women’s (NAPW) Conference, which expands on the theme of the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women theme, "One body, one spirit." 

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