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New life is breathed into Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:40

May 27, 2016

Eugene Carson Blake

Office of the General Assembly

Howard Stikes

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

Transitions don’t always go smoothly, and very often vital resources unintentionally slip through the cracks in the process. Such was the case with the Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship.

The scholarship is for students from the United States who show promise for church leadership to attend the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, Switzerland. Recipients participate in a four-month intensive graduate program that exposes them to the full spectrum of Christian traditions and explores the ecumenical and mission challenges churches face today.

Windmills optional

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:00

A Cleveland congregation turns to wind energy as an easy and sustainable alternative

May 26, 2016

Old Stone Church, long a downtown Cleveland landmark, dates back to 1820. It’s presence on the Public Square makes the church a focal point for events of community importance. —Courtesy of Old Stone Churh

Presbyterians Today

R. Mark Giuliano

LOUISVILLE

If there’s one thing we Clevelanders love to do, it’s grumble. We gripe and grouse about our lake-effect snow with Shakespearean eloquence. We make sport of our losing Browns with an indecorous humor that would make a sailor blush. But one of the things we complain about most—the weather, specifically the powerful wind that howls from the Great Lake at our doorsteps—may provide a truly big win for Northeast Ohio in the near future and help Greater Cleveland live up to its moniker, “Green City on a Blue Lake.” 

Twenty-five years of ‘Turn to the Living God’

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 04:00

Reissued evangelism resources urges Presbyterians to be ‘reconciled, renewed and sent to change the world as Jesus did’

May 26, 2016

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Juan Sarmiento

Presbyterian World Mission’s evangelism catalyst

LOUISVILLE

As Presbyterian World Mission’s evangelism catalyst, I often ask myself, “What should ‘evangelism’ look like today?” “If he were here among us, how would Jesus reach the unreached with the gospel and change the world?”

Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognitions awardees announced

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:23

Recognitions to be given at General Assembly Stated Clerk’s Dinner

May 25, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognitions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are a public acknowledgement of the significant service to the causes of Christian unity and interreligious relations rendered by presbyteries, congregations, and individuals as affirmed by ecumenical and interreligious stances of the denomination.

Technology expands the congregation for opening worship of GA222 - Korean

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:57

May 25, 2016

The Alma College Pipe Band processed into the Assembly Hall at Opening Worship. —by Michael Whitman

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

수천 명의 사람들이 6월 8일 토요일, 오레곤 주 포틀랜드에서 열리는 미국 장로교 제 222차 총회 개회 예배에 참석할 것으로 기대된다.

그 러나 예배 참석자들은 훨씬 더 많을 것으로 기대된다. 전국의 장로교인들이 라이브 스트림을 통해 그들의 지역 교회들 및 다른 모임 장소들에서 개회 예배에 참석할 수 있기 때문이다. COGA는 지역 교회들 및 중간 공의회들이 그들의 지역에 함께 모여 라이브 스트림을 통해 예배에 참석할 수 있도록 권장하고 있다.

PC(USA) General Assembly Committee 3 Preview

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 04:00

General Assembly Procedures committee to consider changes in the election of the Moderator

May 25, 2016

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Erin S. Cox-Holmes

General Assembly news team

LOUISVILLE

Whether the time has come to change the timing of the election the Moderator of the General Assembly will be on the agenda of the Committee on General Assembly Procedures at the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting June 18-25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

PC(USA) celebrates 60 years of women’s ordination

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:03

Remembering six decades of pioneering pastors

May 24, 2016

The Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle from Wayne (Pennsylvania) Presbyterian Church preaches at the 2016 Next Church gathering in Atlanta. —Gregg Brekke

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rhashell Hunter

Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries

LOUISVILLE

For some, there has never been a time where there were not women ministers. But others remember when there were no women preachers, no women role models in seminaries and divinity schools, and no women engaged in pastoral care, at least not professionally. 

Spotlight shines on Fair Trade items at upcoming General Assembly

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:00

Global Marketplace will be open for business

May 24, 2016

Chua Lee and her daughter arrange goods at their booth in the Global Marketplace. Their group, Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries makes available Hmong cross stitch, reverse applique stitchery and other Southeast Asian refugee crafts. —Melanie Hardison

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Looking for a special gift while attending the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 222nd General Assembly in Portland? The Global Marketplace will be open for business once again providing attendees with an opportunity to buy something special and support fair trade.

Technology expands the congregation for opening worship of GA222

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 09:46

The church, world are invited to stream in

May 24, 2016

The Alma College Pipe Band processed into the Assembly Hall at Opening Worship. —by Michael Whitman

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

Several thousand people are expected to gather in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, June 18, for the opening worship service of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

But the congregation could potentially be much larger—with groups of Presbyterians across the country using live stream technology to participate in opening worship from their own church sanctuaries and meeting spaces. The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) is encouraging congregations and mid councils to gather groups in their locations to worship with the assembly via live stream.

Aumentan donaciones para misión local en las iglesias de la IP (EE.UU.) en el 2015

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 06:16

May 24, 2016

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Toya Richards

Directora de Comunicaciones y Secretaria Asistente Permanente

Louisville

En el 2015, las donaciones para la misión local dentro de las congregaciones de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) aumentaron hasta llegar casi a los $7.7 millones, según las estadísticas anuales de la denominación, divulgadas hoy.

Existe un aumento en donaciones, a pesar de que el número de congregaciones disminuyo en   187 entre el 2014 y el 2015 y el número de miembros activos disminuyo a 95,107. La denominación tiene 9,642 iglesias, en comparación con 9,829 en el 2014. También tiene 1,572,660 miembros, en comparación con 1,667,767 en el 2014.

Conferencia ecuménica explora dinámicas de ministerio bivocacional

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 06:09

May 24, 2016

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Toya Richards

Directora de Comunicaciones y Secretaria Asistente Permanente

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Ubicado en un centro de retiro en una de las Golden Isles a lo largo de la costa atlántica en el sur de Georgia, un grupo ecuménico de pastores bivocacionales y líderes de la iglesia buscaron recientemente la restauración y el rejuvenecimiento en un esfuerzo por vivir plenamente en el ministerio bivocacional.

Se reunieron por primera vez en la «Conferencia de Ministerio Bivocacional en el siglo XXI», patrocinado por el liderazgo de Profesionales para Iglesias, la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.), y la Iglesia Unida de Cristo (UCC). El evento de dos días, celebrado en Epworth By the Sea, contó con sesiones plenarias, talleres para pastores bivocacionales y líderes judiciales, adoración, compañerismo, y el tiempo de relajación.

Rev. David M. Loleng joins the Presbyterian Foundation as Director of Church Financial Literacy and Leadership

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 14:17

May 23, 2016

Rev. David M. Loleng has joined the Presbyterian Foundation as Director of Church Financial Literacy and Leadership. Loleng most recently served as Associate for Evangelism in the Presbyterian Mission Agency and brings tremendous value to this new role – established after the Foundation was awarded a $1 million grant as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

Presbyterians gather for prayer and worship as NRA convention meets in Louisville

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:15

Church leaders call for reforms to end gun violence

May 23, 2016

Presbyterians and other faith groups gathered on the steps of the Presbyterian Center in Louisville over the weekend as part of a series of activities to raise awareness about gun violence. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Louisville

The National Rifle Association (NRA) wrapped up its annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, this weekend just a few miles from the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The conference, which included an appearance by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, brought an estimated 75,000 people from across the country who attended seminars, auctions and talks by various speakers.

Multi-faith conference sows seeds for non-violence and nurturing peace

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:55

Stony Point co-directors and colleagues make long trek to 21st annual Festival of Faiths to bear witness for peace, justice and non-violence

May 23, 2016

L-R: Rick Ufford-Chase, Allan Boesak, Matthew Zeltzer, Elna Boesak, Asher Menache, Kitty Ufford-Chase, Dede Adika —Rick Ufford-Chase

Presbyterian News Service

Scott O'Neill

Louisville

In a twist of fate that actually began in an Iraqi refugee camp several years ago, five peace and justice proponents from the Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center drove 800 miles to hear and bear witness to a strong lineup of speakers, activists, and theologians focused on nurturing paths to nonviolence.  The annual Festival of Faiths conference, a five-day celebration of music, poetry, film, theatre and dialogue, featured spiritual luminaries such as Catholic Archbishop Joseph Kurtz,  Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Rev. Allan Boesak, a leading South African anti-apartheid advocate who worked with Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela among its presenters.

PC(USA) General Assembly Committee 10 Preview

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 04:00

Mission Coordination committee discusses mission programs, policies

May 23, 2016

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

General Assembly news team

LOUISVILLE

More than a dozen items will be debated by the Mission Coordination committee for referral to the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting June 18-25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

California church embraces organic gardening and protecting the environment

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:00

Congregation mobilized to reduce its carbon footprint

May 20, 2016

Youth from the Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church prepare gardens for planting. —Ethan Russell

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The rolling hills and beautiful valleys of Marin County, California provide the perfect backdrop for Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church. One look at this majestic landscape and it doesn’t take much to inspire people to protect and nurture it.

Financial Aid for Service offers educational debt management counseling at 222nd General Assembly

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 06:00

Office is scheduling individual consultations on PC(USA) student loan repayment and assistance programs

May 20, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Financial Aid for Service office is now scheduling private consultations with any Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) teaching elders seeking educational debt management counseling and loan repayment assistance who will be at the General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, in June. 

Presbyterians meet to address issues of race, ethnicity, racism and ethnocentricity

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:00

Churchwide conversation explores solutions to visible and invisible discrimination

May 19, 2016

Participants discuss recommendations during the conference on race, ethnicity, racism and ethnocentricity held at Stony Point Conference Center in New York. —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Gail Strange

LOUISVILLE

In response to the National Racial Ethnic Ministries Task Force’s referral at the 221st General Assembly (2014), 40 participants selected from throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gathered at Stony Point Conference Center in New York for a conference on race, ethnicity, racism and ethnocentricity. 

Farminary combines theological education and sustainable agriculture

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 06:00

Roots of relevance at Princeton Theological Seminary

May 19, 2016

Princeton Theological Seminary students grab their shovels and head to the campus’s working farm, where they’re combining faith and agriculture. —Andrea Kaneby

Presbyterians Today

Tammy Warren

LOUISVILLE

The way Nathan Stucky sees it, our journey to God begins and ends with the dirt under our feet. Stucky, a former farmer from Kansas, is director of Princeton Theological Seminary’s 21-acre Farminary Project in Princeton, New Jersey, a place where seminarians dig deep to cultivate lessons 
of faith.

Decently But Not Always in Good Order: An Historical Overview of Choosing the PC(USA) Stated Clerk

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:56

May 18, 2016

Stated Clerks since reunion: James Andrews, Clifton Kirkpatrick, and Gradye Parsons

Richard Reifsnyder[1]

Guest blogger, Presbyterian Historical Society

Philadelphia

While the nation may focus on presidential politics in 2016, there is another contest on the same four-year cycle that captures the attention of many Presbyterians—the nomination and election of a Stated Clerk of the General Assembly to serve, in the words of the current job description, as chief ecclesiastical officer of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This June, the 222nd General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, will elect a Stated Clerk to succeed Gradye Parsons, who is not standing for another term.

According to Carol McDonald, retired Executive of the Synod of Lincoln Trails, and Moderator of the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee, the process of nominating a new Stated Clerk has gone smoothly, with the committee working diligently to discern what the church is seeking now in a new office holder. The nine-person committee, which was elected by the General Assembly in 2014 according to a formula stipulated by the General Assembly Manual, will bring directly to the floor the name of J. Herbert Nelson, Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Public Witness, to stand for election. Nelson will be challenged by one other candidate who made application and was considered by the committee, David Baker, Stated Clerk of Tampa Bay Presbytery. Nominations will occur on Sunday, June 19 and the election will take place on Friday, June 24.

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