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Four years under construction

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Ethiopia (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 133)

September 19, 2014

Pillars of concrete mark the foundation of the EGST building in the fall of 2010. —Courtesy of Marilyn and Rich Hansen

Presbyterian News Service

Marilyn and Rich Hansen

PC(USA) mission co-workers, World Mission

ADDIS ABABA

A mission letter from Rich and Marilyn Hansen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Big churches, big bucks: Southern senior pastors take top salaries

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:00

September 19, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON

Large churches in the South tend to pay their head pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds.

PMAB committee hears update on study process for proposed revisions to Directory for Worship

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:00

Churchwide season of study to conclude July 1, 2015

September 18, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

When the 221st General Assembly (2014) voted to forward to the church the draft of the proposed Directory for Worship — the middle section of the Book of Order, Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — it set into motion a yearlong, churchwide period of study and comment, which began on July 1, 2014. 

Seminary news

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:00

September 18, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

News from the seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Catholic Relief Service looks at Central American programs to help fight migration crisis

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:40

September 18, 2014

Catholic News Service

David Agren

MEXICO CITY

At an immigration center for receiving busloads of deportees returning to El Salvador, Catholic Relief Services' Executive Vice President Joan Rosenhauer spoke with a widowed mother of six children who was awaiting her son.

Rosenhauer said she asked the mother why she had sent her son on the perilous journey through Mexico in an attempt to reach the United States. “There is no hope for him here,” the mother responded, explaining her inability to feed her family and the problem of gangs forcing adolescents into lives of crime.

Giving Peace a Chance

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:00

GA Moderator Rada Joins Boulder Interfaith Peace Walk

September 17, 2014

A soggy afternoon did little to dampen the spirits of Muslims, Jews, Christians, and friends who participated in Boulder’s 9/11 interfaith “Walk for Peace and Solidarity.” —Vicki Fogel Mykles

Presbyterian News Service

Vicki Fogel Mykles

Special to Presbyterian News Service

BOULDER, Colorado

So, an iman, a rabbi, and a Presbyterian minister met in a parking lot…

To be precise, they met on the afternoon of Sept. 11 in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of Boulder (Colorado) along with 150 members from local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith groups.  They congregated to commemorate, celebrate and cross-pollinate with an organized “Walk for Peace and Solidarity.”

New in Managua

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Nicaragua (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 44)

September 17, 2014

Renee Sundberg (third from left) and Justin Sundberg (right, back) with the leadership of CEPAD. —Photo courtesy of CEPAD.

Presbyterian News Service

Justin and Renee Sundberg

PC(USA) mission co-workers, World Mission

MANAGUA

For the people of Nicaragua, the fits and starts to the arrival of the rainy season have been an experience where hope lifts one day, then wilts the next. The delay of the rains this year has caused the death of livestock and great concern over the vitality of crops — both of which are of paramount importance.  

Letter to the President in Support of Sanctuary and in Hope of Administrative Relief - Korean

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:38

September 17, 2014

2014년 9월 15일

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500 

친애하는 오바마 대통령께,

미국 전역에 분포되어 있는 우리 교단 및 다른 교단들에 속한 교회들은 추방 명령을 받은 자들을 위해 어떻게 교회의 사명을 감당할 수 있는지를 놓고 기도하며 분별하고 있습니다. 그러한 신앙 공동체들은 그들이 지녀온 전통의 가치들이 이민법 및 정책을 수행하는데 있어서 반영되는 가치들과 충돌하는 것을 발견하면서 피난처를 제공해 주는 어려운 선택을 하고 있습니다. 나는 오늘 그러한 교회들을 위해, 더욱 중요한 것은 그러한 교회들이 보호하기로 선택하고 있는 자들 및 그들과 같은 처지에 있는 사람들의 추방을 연기해 주기를 요청하기 위해 글을 쓰고 있습니다.

우리는 신앙의 사람들로서 ...

Letter to the President in Support of Sanctuary and in Hope of Administrative Relief

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:25

September 17, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Louisville, KY

The President announced on September 6th that he will, again, delay offering administrative relief from deportation to 11 million undocumented persons living in the U.S. This announcement, coupled with the inability of Congress to pass immigration reform, has left many churches seeking for other ways to protect members of their community who are at risk of deportation. Some churches are responding to this crisis by offering sanctuary. The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, sent this letter to the President asking that the deportation orders of Rosa Robles Loreto and Luis Lopez Acabal, both in sanctuary in Presbyterian Churches, be set aside and that the President offer administrative relief to persons who are a low enforcement priority.

Denominational restructuring won’t work; local churches must innovate

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:00

September 17, 2014

Religion News Service

Tom Ehrich

NEW YORK

After 50 years of decline, mainline denominations are reinventing themselves, or at least “re-imagining” what the church might look like, as an Episcopal Church task force calls it.

What can the “central office” do to stem the ebbing tide? What can national conventions and agencies do?

The answer is: precious little.

Con Respecto a los ancianos y las ancianas gobernantes: como encontrar su voz como anciano/a gobernante

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:53

September 17, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Valerie Young

Louisville

«El mismo espíritu que inspiró a los profetas y los apóstoles... llama a las mujeres y a los hombres a todos los ministerios de la Iglesia» (Libro de Confesiones, Una Breve Declaración de Fe,10.4, líneas 58–59, 64).

Yo verdaderamente reflexiono mucho en las cosas. Eso significa que he pensado tanto acerca de cómo termine siendo una anciana gobernante en un mundo de ancianos gobernantes, que dude de mis propios dotes debido a la falta de cualidades terrenales. Hay momentos donde olvido que ¡Dios fue el que me llamo! Otros lo han afirmado, sin importar que tan grande sea mi currículo o cuantas licenciaturas tenga. 

Experiencing ‘the church in action’

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:30

Peggy Rada, spouse and traveling partner of Moderator Heath Rada, finds her niche

September 16, 2014

Peggy Rada —PNS file photo

Presbyterian News Service

Eva G. Stimson

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

The fall travel schedule looks packed for Heath Rada, moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 221st General Assembly. His itinerary includes visits to Denver, Reno, Zephyr Point Conference Center on Lake Tahoe, the Texas/Mexico border, South America, and the Middle East.

Rada’s wife, Peggy, a ruling elder and retired middle-school teacher, looks forward to accompanying him on all of these trips. But she won’t just be along for the ride. 

Graduation and General Assembly

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from the Caribbean (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 35)

September 16, 2014

Seventy-two 2014 graduates of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cuba pose in front of the Chapel. —Jo Ella Holman

Presbyterian News Service

Jo Ella Holman

World Mission regional liaison for the Caribbean

MATANZAS, Cuba

June is graduation time in the Caribbean and an especially happy celebration for our global partner, the Seminario Evangelico Teologico (SET) in Matanzas, Cuba, this year.  On Wednesday, June 11, a record number of 72 men and women graduated in six different degree programs, the largest number since its foundation in 1946!

Prayers, reflections and action during “Time for Creation”

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:56

September 16, 2014

An olive tree at the Ecumenical Center chapel in Geneva. —Nikos Kosmidis/WCC

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches News

GENEVA

Invoking prayers for creation, eco-justice and peace with the earth, “Time for Creation” ― a Christian global event ― is observed worldwide by many member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC). 

100 years of calling, equipping, and sending Christian educators

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:00

A story from the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study (p. 265)

September 15, 2014

The logo of the former Presbyterian School of Christian Education, now part of Union Presbyterian Seminary. —PNS file photo

Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

Brian K. Blount

President and professor of New Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary

RICHMOND, Va.

This November 3-5, Union Presbyterian Seminary (UPSem) will be celebrating 100 years of calling, equipping, and sending Christian educators.

In early November 1914, the Assembly’s Training School for Lay Workers (ATS) was established in the Ginter Park Section of Richmond, directly across Brook Road from Union Theological Seminary. 

WCC hosts Global Energy Parliament exploring ‘science of peace’

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:00

September 15, 2014

Fr Daniel Buda (left) speaking at the Global Energy Parliament in Geneva. —Peter Williams/WCC

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches News

GENEVA

The World Council of Churches (WCC) on Sept. 5 hosted the Global Energy Parliament (GEP) at the Ecumenical Center here. The event addressed the theme “The Science of Peace in Humans, Humans in Peace,” featuring reflections on how lasting peace can be built by individuals and nations.

사역 장로에 관하여: 사역 장로로서 당신의 소리를 발견하기

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 08:53

September 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Valerie Young

Louisville

“선지자들과 사도들에게 감동을 주신 같은 성령께서…교회의 모든 사역들을 위해 남자들과 여자들을 부르신다” (신앙 고백서, 간추린 신앙 고백, 10.4, lines 58-59, 64).  

나는 참으로 “생각이 지나친 사람”이다. 이 말은 나같이 세상적 으로 드러낼만한 것이 부족한 사람이 교역 장로의 세계에서 어 떻게 사역 장로가 되었는가에 대해 너무 많이 생각함으로 인해 내 자격에 대해 의구심을 갖게 되었다는 의미이다. 때로, 나는 하나님께서 나를 부르셨다는 사실을 잊곤 한다. 내 이력서가 얼마나 장황한지에 상관없이 혹은 내가 얼마나 많은 학위들을 가지고 있는가에 상관없이, 다른 사람들이 나의 부르심을 확증해 주었다.

Regarding ruling elders: Finding your voice as a ruling elder

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 08:35

September 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Valerie Young

Louisville

<Korean> “The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles ... calls women and men to all ministries of the Church” (The Book of Confessions, A Brief Statement of Faith, 10.4, lines 58–59, 64).

I am a true “over-thinker.” That means I’ve thought so much about how I ended up a ruling elder in a teaching elder world that I doubted my qualifications due to a lack of earthly credentials. At times, I have lost sight of the fact that God called me! Others have affirmed it, regardless of how long my resume is or how many degrees I hold.

New ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour to tackle political ‘dark money’

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 06:57

September 15, 2014

Religion News Service

David Gibson

WASHINGTON

This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers.

That’s one way to look at the upcoming “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which hits the road this week (Sept. 17) for the third time in three years, a month-long trip through 10 key U.S. Senate battleground states to campaign against the influence of outside money on politics.

Battling Ebola with prayer and accurate information

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:07

St. Louis congregation, PC(USA) agencies mobilize aid, educational efforts about deadly virus

September 12, 2014

David Zweh —PNS file photo

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

When Quianaca Wesseh called his son, mother, and sister in Liberia’s Maryland County last week, he urged them not to go to the hospital.

"I don’t know if it was the wrong thing to say, but a lot of people are going to the hospital and never returning,” said Wesseh, a Liberian native who serves as director of praise music at Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. “In Liberia, our hospitals are not advanced like in America. There are no isolation gowns, no protective equipment.”

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