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Committee receives one challenge to its nominee for PC(USA) Stated Clerk

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 06:58

May 5, 2016

News Release

Louisville

The Reverend David M. Baker is challenging the nomination of the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson for the office of Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Baker, stated clerk of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, notified the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee (SCNC) of his intention to stand against the committee’s nominee on May 4, 45 days before the opening of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) and the deadline for challenges.

PC(USA) General Assembly Committee 6 Preview

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 06:00

Committee on Church Polity and Ordered Ministry takes up 14 overtures

May 5, 2016

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Mike Ferguson

General Assembly news team

LOUISVILLE

Overtures on requiring evangelism training for teaching elders, inserting caring for God’s creation as part of each congregation’s ministry—and a dozen other proposals—await the Committee on Church Polity and Ordered Ministry during the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance meets with ecumenical partners in Lebanon

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:03

Ongoing civil war in Syria and impact on refugees top agenda

May 4, 2016

The Rev Dr. Laurie Kraus participates in discussions about the civil war in Syria with the Rev. Fadi Dagher, of the Evangelical Synod of Lebanon and Syria. —Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Since the Syrian Civil War began in March 2011, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been responding to the needs of affected communities in Syria and Lebanon. Working in conjunction with ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together), members and ecumenical partners have been providing relief to refugees in neighboring countries and to internally displaced Syrians.

Office of Theology and Worship to host #TheoConvo Twitter chat May 17

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 09:07

Charles Wiley, author of ‘Polity Matters,’ to discuss call to faithfulness in the church

May 4, 2016

Presbyterian Mission Agency theologian Charles Wiley III presenting at Big Tent 2015. —Taylor Gash for Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

In its ongoing efforts to reach new and ever broader audiences through social media, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Theology and Worship will host its fifth Twitter chat on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT. 

미국 장로교의 Vasquez와 Park과 Correa가 번역 작업을 그들의 사역으로 받아 들이다

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:16

번역자들은 그들이 하고 있는 일을 포용 및 참여를 촉진시키는 것으로 바라보고 있다

May 3, 2016

From left to right: Juan David Correa, Elizabeth Vasquez and Sunkyoo Park. —Tim Ruff

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

스페인어 및 한국어의 노련한 번역자들인 Elizabeth Vasquez와 박 선규 목사는 그들의 일상적 업무들—그리고 PMA안에서 그들이 하고 있는 더 큰 역할—을 단순히 직업이 아니라 소명으로 이해하고 있다.

Empleados de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) Vásquez, Park y Correa dedican sus dones de traducción al ministerio

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:09

Los traductores ven su trabajo como una manera de promover inclusión y participación

May 3, 2016

De izquierda a derecha: Juan David Correa, Elizabeth S. Vásquez y Sunkyoo Park. —Tim Ruff

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Traductores veteranos de habla hispana y coreana, Elizabeth Vásquez y el Rev. Sunkyoo Park, entienden que sus tareas diarias y su rol general dentro de la Agencia de Misión Presbiteriana (PMA) no es solo un trabajo, sino un llamado. 

Report submitted to assembly on identity, purpose of PC(USA)

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:46

May 3, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Louisville

A vibrant family portrait of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has emerged from the recent church-wide conversation on the identity and purpose of the denomination, and God, Christ, love, and the world are among the most prominent subjects.

Dominant, too, is a commitment to Reformed Theology, and to the scriptural call to ministry outside the church. That’s the message coming from “When We Gather at the Table: A PC(USA) Snapshot,” a report of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) to the 222nd General Assembly (2016).

Celebrating resilience through theater and the arts in the Philippines

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:00

Program provides hope for Filipina victims of sexual abuse

May 3, 2016

YATTA members explore the issue of teenage pregnancy in a play called Lagab-Love. —Photo courtesy YATTA

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Dessa Quesada Palm, mission co-worker

PHILIPPINES

Every Saturday in the Casa Esperanza shelter, Gail (name changed) assists artist-trainer Onna in arts-based sessions for girls who have survived sexual abuse. On Sundays, Gail volunteers as an interpreter for the deaf during worship at the Little Children of the Philippines. Occasionally she performs in an advocacy play produced by Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts (YATTA) on the issue of teen pregnancy and adolescent reproductive health. She is also an officer in the Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE) Teen Advocates.

Young Adult Volunteer program provides fulfillment and challenge

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:03

From Dallas to Denver, YAV balances demands of a service-based life

May 3, 2016

Melissa Rift. —Photo provided

Judy Everett Ramos

Director of Communications, Grace Presbytery

Special to Presbyterian News Service

IRVING, TX

Melissa Rift is living in Colorado as a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. Rift, whose home church is Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, said she knew about the program for a long time and was always interested in the YAV experience. Rift’s sister also had an influence on making the decision to apply to the YAV program.

Presbyterians in South Sudan ask for prayers as peace negotiations continue

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 13:07

Work is ongoing in implementing peace treaty for the nation

May 2, 2016

Philip Akway Obang.

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. Philip Akway Obang, general secretary of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC) is sending regular updates about the changing situation in South Sudan and has asked for support of his American brothers and sisters. Most recently he said prayers are urgently requested for South Sudan.

Stated Clerk issues statement on acts of genocide globally

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:23

May 2, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

This statement addresses the grievous physical threats faced by Christians and other religious and ethnic groups targeted by state and non-state actors in several parts of the world. Atrocities, massacres, and acts of terrorism are significant in parts of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and adherents of other religions have been mistreated in our country and in Europe. As we continue to hear Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, and as we hear from our Christian partners around the world, we pray for those under threat and support policies that uphold the ideals of human rights and religious freedom to which our Reformed faith has long contributed.

Vasquez, Park and Correa embrace translation as ministry at PC(USA)

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:51

Translators see their work as promoting inclusion, participation

May 2, 2016

From left to right: Juan David Correa, Elizabeth Vasquez and Sunkyoo Park. —Tim Ruff

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Veteran Spanish and Korean language translators, Elizabeth Vasquez and the Rev. Sunkyoo Park, understand their daily tasks—and their larger role within the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA)—not just as a job, but as a calling. “I was drawn to this work because of the type of service I was yearning for,” said Vasquez, “to serve a greater good.”

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board concludes April 2016 meeting

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 14:23

Work restructure, bridge Mission Work Plan, budget highlight actions

April 29, 2016

Marsha Zell Anson and Ken Godshall are installed as vice-chair and chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board by former chair Marilyn Gamm and former vice-chair Jo Stewart. —Gregg Brekke

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) concluded its April 2016 meeting with an approved 2017-18 bridge Mission Work Plan and a budget with 15 percent reductions over the same period. The board also approved a work restructuring plan that includes job reassignments, elimination of programming and staff reductions.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board enacts work restructuring plan

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 13:51

Reassignment, mission priorities, job eliminations focus agency goals

April 29, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a approved a budget and work restructuring plan that will reduce the agency’s overall budget by 15 percent over the 2017-18 period. In addition to job reassignments throughout the agency, eight positions and five program areas were eliminated in actions taken by the (PMAB) at its April 26-29, 2016 meeting in Louisville.

Presbyterian Mission Agency executive director search committee reports progress

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 13:15

Search firm to be named, process will continue after General Assembly

April 29, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Landon Whitsitt, synod executive and stated clerk for the Synod of Mid-America and chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Board’s executive director search committee, gave the board a brief update on the committee’s progress on April 28.

First Thai-Laotian Church receives 2016 Walton Award for new church excellence

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:54

Recently chartered congregation blossomed after starting homeless ministry

April 29, 2016

2016 Walton Award winner, First Thai-Laotian Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas is made up of many nationalities. Their ministry blossomed when they started a homeless ministry for those living in the bushes around the community. —Image captured from First Thai-Laotian video

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

First Thai-Laotian Presbyterian Church is the sole recipient of the 2016 Sam and Helen R. Walton Award of $50,000. First Thai-Laotian began in 2002 with 15 people who wanted to reach the estimated 15,000 Thai and Laotian persons living in Las Vegas. The majority of the first generation of these immigrants attended Buddhist temples, but due to the language barrier the younger generations had begun to drift from the faith of their parents. 

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board approves comments to Review Committee’s recommendations

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:24

General Assembly will consider comments in ‘The Way Forward’ committee

April 28, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) approved today—as amended—the comments proposed by its Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Review Committee Response Writing Team Task Force. 

Presbyterian Mission Board approves board restructure plan

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:00

Ad-hoc ministerial teams, new administrative committees featured

April 28, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved a plan to restructure its work. The design does not change the number of board members, although it does include additional voices in issue-based ad-hoc ministerial teams, and does not require the approval of the General Assembly.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board discusses Review Committee’s recommendations

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:35

Comments concern agency merger, board structure and shared services

April 28, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) heard a presentation on April 27 on the comments proposed by its Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Review Committee Response Writing Team Task Force. 

Survivors still being found in Ecuador following recent earthquake

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:21

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance works in collaboration with partners to respond

April 28, 2016

Woman stands beside the rubble that was once her home in Ecuador. —Rosa Matamoros, ACT Alliance

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

It is estimated that as many as half a million people have been impacted by the recent earthquake in Ecuador. The 7.8 magnitude quake on April 16 and aftershocks have claimed more than 500 lives, injured thousands and left communities in ruins. Despite the devastation, rescue crews continue to find survivors amidst the rubble.

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