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PC(USA) Stated Clerk issues statement on killings in Tel Aviv - Korean

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 12:50

June 9, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

우리 미국 장로교는 6월 8일에 텔아비브 사로나 시장(Sarona Market)에서 사람들이 살해되고 부상을 입은 것에 대해 세계 도처의 사람들과 함께 깊은 슬픔과 아픔을 표합니다. 우리는 이 사건으로 인해 죽거나 부상을 당한 사람들의 가족들에게 깊은 애도의 마음을 전하며, 그 지역에 살고 있는 모든 사람들에게 영향을 미치고 있는 여러 형태의 폭력들을 종식시키기 위해 힘쓰고 있는 모든 사람들과 연대합니다.

Secretario Permanente de la IP(EE.UU.) da una declaración sobre el asesinato en Tel Aviv

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 12:47

June 9, 2016

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

Louisville

En nombre de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) unimos nuestras voces con personas de todo el mundo para expresar nuestro profundo dolor y angustia por la muerte y las lesiones causadas a las personas en el mercado Sarona en Tel Aviv el 8 de junio. Ofrecemos nuestras más profundas condolencias a las familias de los que fallecieron o están heridos en este incidente más reciente, y apoyamos a todas las personas que están trabajando para poner fin a la violencia que afectan a todos los que viven en la región.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk issues statement on killings in Tel Aviv

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:18

June 9, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

In the name of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) we join our voices with people around the world in expressing our profound grief and deep distress over the killing and the injuring of people at Sarona Market in Tel Aviv on June 8th. We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have been killed or injured in this most recent incident, and we stand with all who are working to bring an end to the patterns of violence that touch all those who live in the region.

We pray and work for a just and lasting peace in which all people in the Holy Land may live in freedom and without fear. To this end, we urge all parties to return to the negotiation table, working with renewed energy and determination to build two states in which there is self-determination and mutual respect. In the words of the Prophet Zechariah, (8:16–17)

Guidebook app lets users navigate GA with the click of the finger

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 13:25

June 7, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Howard Stikes

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

One-stop shopping best describes the 2016 Guidebook app for the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which kicks off June 18 in Portland, Oregon.

It’s the place where assembly goers can get up-to-date information on all things GA, including the schedule, maps, restaurant details, and even worship bulletins, said Andrew Yeager-Buckley, program assistant for the PC(USA)’s General Assembly Meeting Service. And, it’s been updated since it was last used for the 2014 assembly, he said.

New life is breathed into Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship - Korean

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 09:18

June 7, 2016

Eugene Carson Blake

Office of the General Assembly

Howard Stikes

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Eugene Carson Blake장학금에 새 생명이 주입되다

Howard Stikes, OGA 연락관

전환이 항상 부드럽게 이루어지지는 않으며, 그러한 과정에서 의도하지 않게 종종 중대한 자료들이 사라진다. Eugene Carson Blake 장학금이 그러한 경우이다.

이 장학금은 교회 리더십 분야에서 가능성을 보여주는 미국의 학생들이 스위스에 있는 Ecumenical Institute at Bossey에 가서 공부할 수 기회를 주기 위한 것이다. 이 장학금 수여자들은 4달간의 인텐시브 대학원 프로그램에 참여하게 되며, 이 프로그램은 그들에게 온갖 종류의 기독교 전통을 소개해 주고, 오늘날 교회가 직면하고 있는 에큐메니컬 및 선교의 도전들을 탐구하게 해줄 것이다.  

하지만 수년 동안, 이 기관의 학장인 Dagmar Heller 박사는 어떤 지원서도 들어오지 않는 것을 관찰해왔다. 그녀는 “나는 누구도 Blake 장학금을 ...

New Book Asks Pastors to Rethink Their Role in Weddings

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 08:00

Kimberly Bracken Long offers foundational understanding of marriage for today’s church

June 7, 2016

Louisville, Kentucky

Weddings have become a billion-dollar industry, while recent years have seen dramatic shifts in attitudes toward marriage. Presbyterian pastor Kimberly Bracken Long suggests that these cultural changes have left pastors confused and frustrated about their role—and the role of the church—in weddings. She wrote From This Day Forward—Rethinking the Christian Wedding (Westminster John Knox Press) as a way to offer guidance to pastors and provide a foundational understanding of marriage for today’s church.

PC(USA) mourns the loss of pastor, justice advocate Kelly Allen

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 07:49

June 7, 2016

The Rev. Kelly Allen

News Release

Louisville

The immigration and refugee advocacy community has lost a co-laborer in the field with the untimely death of the Reverend Kelly S. Allen on June 5.

Allen, pastor and head of staff of University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas, was pronounced brain dead at 9:30 a.m. after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke Friday afternoon.

“The whole Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is holding University Presbyterian Church and Kelly’s family in prayer,” said the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA). “Our hearts are broken and our souls are wounded at this great loss. Kelly was such a strong witness for all we hold dear as Presbyterians. Her faith knew no depths. Her fear knew no obstacles. The life she lived was full of the grace of God that she generously shared with all of us.”

New Book Explores Race in the Church Today

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 09:56

June 1, 2016

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, KY

 In the midst of another period of increased discussion about race relations in the United States, recent events have provoked not just a willingness to discuss issues of racism in this country but a desire to do something meaningful to confront it. At a time when many Christians are wondering what they can do, Race in a Post-Obama America:  The Church Responds, (Westminster John Knox Press) provides not only the history behind the issue, but some ways of moving forward.

La tecnología expande la congregación para el servicio de apertura de la 222AG

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:44

Se invita a la iglesia y al mundo a la transmisión en vivo

May 27, 2016

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

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Eva Stimson

Corresponsal, Oficina de la Asamblea General

Louisville

Se espera que varios miles de personas se reúnan en Portland, Oregón, el sábado 18 de junio para el servicio de apertura de la 222ª Asamblea General de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.).

Sin embargo, la congregación podría ser potencialmente mucho más grande, con grupos de personas presbiterianas en todo el país utilizando la tecnología de transmisión en vivo para participar en el servicio de apertura desde los propios santuarios de sus iglesias y espacios de reunión. El Comité para la Oficina de la Asamblea General (COGA) está alentando a ...

Local mission giving in PC(USA) churches increases in 2015 - Korean

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:33

May 27, 2016

Louisville

2015년에 미국 장로교 지역 선교 헌금 (Local mission giving)1이 증가하다

토야 리차드, 커뮤니케이션 담당자 및 정서기 보조

오늘 발표된 우리 교단의 연례 통계에 따르면, 미국 장로교회들의 지역 선교 헌금이 2015년에 거의 770만 달러가 증가했다.

2014년과 2015년 사이에 187개의 지역 교회들이 줄고, 활동 교인 수가 95,107명이 줄어든 상황에서 이러한 증가가 이루어졌다. 우리 교단에는 2014년에 9,829개의 교회가 있었지만 2015년에는 9,642개의 지역 교회들이 있다. 또한 2014년에는 성도수가1,667,767명이었지만, 2015년에는 1,572,107명이다.

미국 장로교 정서기인 그래디 파슨스는 “장로교인들은 자신들의 교회가 숫자면에서 크든지 작든지에 상관없이 전국적으로 우리 지역 사회들 안에서 그리스도의 손과 발이 되는 일에 다시 헌신하고 있습니다 ...

Turning guns into water pumps

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 08:00

Presbyterian congregation seeks to reduce gun violence and help bring safe water to Malawi

May 27, 2016

Rope pump crafted from from an AR 15 rifle, a .38 caliber handgun, and two single-barrel shotguns. —Image courtesy Tom Hagood

Presbyterian News Service

Pat Cole

Additional reporting by Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The ancient biblical vision of turning swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks has stirred the modern-day imagination of Columbia Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia.

President Obama visits Hiroshima

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:03

Mission Co-Workers in Japan see historic visit as a step toward healing

May 27, 2016

Hiroshima, after the first atomic bomb explosion. This view was taken from the Red Cross Hospital Building about one mile from the bomb's detonation. —U.S. National Archives

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

LOUISVILLE

Today, Barak Obama becomes the first American president to visit Hiroshima, Japan. His visit is part of a weeklong visit to Asia. Bill and Ann Moore, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-workers worked in Hiroshima seven of their 30 years serving in Japan, giving them a unique view on the President’s historic trip.

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.

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