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On the front lines of the fight against Ebola

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:00

Presbyterian Dr. Jim McAuley reports from Sierra Leone

October 23, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

From Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian minister and medical doctor James “Jim” McAuley has been sent by his employer from Zambia to Sierra Leone. Trained as an infectious disease specialist, McAuley is a member of the Presbytery of Chicago, while his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston Ill. He wrote about his initial experience.

Condolences offered following Jerusalem killing

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:22

October 23, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family whose baby was killed and those whose loved ones were injured when a man slammed his vehicle into pedestrians at a light railway stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday. We mourn over this senseless loss of life and the injuries sustained, and condemn the violent act that also led to the death of the perpetrator. We pray for God’s hand of comfort on all who are grieving, and that the Spirit of peace will fall fresh on the land.

The Reverend Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian ...

‘1001’ grant program is retooled

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00

Changes designed to ‘better serve the movement’

October 23, 2014

1001 “seed grants” have helped start new worshiping communities like Holy Harvest Ground which grows food for low-income neighbors, and provides a range of spiritual and educational ministries for residents in Toledo, Ohio —Grace Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck, Communications Associate for Evangelism and Church Growth

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

The funding arm of the Presbyterian Mission Agency that helps establish New Worshiping Communities is revising its “1001” grant program to better serve the movement.

Pits, Pitfalls, and Possibilities

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:39

October 22, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), preached on the theme “Pits, Pitfalls, and Possibilities” during opening worship of the 2014 Polity Conference on October 19.

Benjamin A. Reist remembered

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:00

SFTS systematic theology professor inspired generations of students

October 22, 2014

The Rev. Benjamin A. Reist —Courtesy of SFTS

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

SAN ANSELMO, Calif.

Benjamin A. Reist, who inspired and challenged generations of students —including this reporter — for five decades as professor of systematic theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary, died peacefully on Sept. 15.  The cause of death was complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease.  He was 87.

Nearly $8 Million Lilly Endowment grant renews work of Louisville Institute

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:00

Grant to advance work with pastors, theological educators, religion scholars, seminaries and churches

October 22, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Chris Wooten

Louisville Seminary Communications Director

LOUISVILLE

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a grant of just under $8 million ($7,993,517) to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to continue the work of the Louisville Institute through 2018. Supported by Lilly since 1990, the Institute has been a national leader in the study of religion and support of pastors and church leaders in North America.

Bishops' debate over gays: Lost in translation?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00

October 22, 2014

Religion News Service

Josephine McKenna

VATICAN CITY

The tug-of-war at the Vatican over calls for the Catholic Church to be more open to gays and cohabiting couples intensified Oct. 16 as conservative bishops sought to rein in or renounce draft language they feared might condone lifestyles not in accord with church teachings.

Hope beyond the walls

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:48

PC(USA) delegation hears words of encouragement in Palestinian camp

October 21, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones, Communications Strategist: Compassion, Peace and Justice

Special to Presbyterian News Service

AIDA, West Bank-Palestine

High concrete walls, barbed wire, deteriorating buildings, and a large, rusty key over an archway are strong reminders of the daily lives of Palestinians at Aida, a refugee camp just north of Bethlehem in the central West Bank. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Moderator Heath Rada traveled to the camp during his recent visit to the Middle East, to get a firsthand look at life inside the walls. 

Meet some of the 2014 Polity Conference attendees—Part 2

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:00

October 21, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Louisville

Over the next few days, 2014 Polity Conference participants are getting the chance to discuss the state of the church, share common concerns, learn about polity issues, and discern life together. View some of their reflections shared on Tuesday. The conference runs Oct. 19–21.

Beginning to sound a lot like Christmas

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:00

New Legacy Christmas record extends Presbyterian Women–Living Waters for the World partnership

October 21, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Living Waters for the World

Special to Presbyterian News Service

NASHVILLE

Nashville producer and multi-instrumentalist Melissa DuPuy has created a second Legacy Christmas album that is as stunning as the first. Last year’s Treasured Carols of the Kirk raised more than $100,000 for Living Waters for the World (LWW), a clean water mission of the Synod of Living Waters, and Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering. It featured some of the world’s best instrumentalists and vocalists of the Celtic, Americana and Folk genres.  

SDOP grant recipients announced

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:00

More than $130,000 distributed to 11 self-help projects

October 21, 2014

Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteers, who met with the Self-Development of People Committee. —SDOP photo

Presbyterian News Service

Margaret Mwale

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOS ANGELES

The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) has approved grants totaling $133,270 to 10 self-help projects in the United States. The money is from the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Lutheran Holy Land Bishop Younan to get Canadian peace work award

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:00

October 21, 2014

A teacher and students at Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School in Bethlehem, West Bank. —Elizabeth McHan/ELCJHL

Presbyterian News Service

Peter Kenny

Ecumenical News

GENEVA

Bishop Munib A. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land is to receive a Canadian award for peace work in the Holy Land.

Meet some of the 2014 Polity Conference attendees-Part 1

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:24

October 20, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications

Louisville

Over the next few days, 2014 Polity Conference participants are getting the chance to discuss the state of the church, share common concerns, learn about polity issues, and discern life together. Get a snapshot of their experience on Monday through several attendees. The conference runs Oct. 19–21.

'Kid to kid'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:00

Presbyterian Giving Catalog inspires Sunday school to give the gift of goats

October 20, 2014

A live goat surprises the children and congregation. —Photo courtesy of First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, Mich.

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

They weren’t just kidding around at First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, Michigan.

When the Rev. Will Christians, pastor of the 125-member congregation in southwest Michigan, introduced Leonda Shroyer, chair of the church’s Christian education committee, to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, she and the whole Sunday school program really got moving.

On the language of faith in writing

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00

An interview with Marilynne Robinson

October 20, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

NEW YORK

What are you afraid of? That's what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about faith.

Type cast

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:00

Researcher chronicles educational efforts of Presbyterian missionary Horace Underwood in Korea

October 20, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Song Nai Rhee

EUGENE, Ore.

In the late 19th century, Korea was still holed up in its 500-year-old cultural cocoon, hardened by a Confucian worldview which saw nothing worth learning outside the Confucian classics.

What's in a name?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:00

Presbyterian ‘kirks’ everywhere are called to celebrate John Knox’s legacy on 500th birthday of Scottish reformer

October 17, 2014

John Knox. —(Public domain photo)

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Kirk in the Hills. Kirk of Kildaire. What’s in a name?

Plenty, it would seem, for Presbyterians.

Face to Face with God’s call-Korean

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:15

October 17, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

하나님의 부르심과 대면하여

에바 스팀슨,  장로교 사무 총회국 (OGA) 연락관

30년 전에, Katie Kelly Hopper와 그녀의 남편인 James Harmon Hopper는 달라스에서 있었던 Face to Face 행사—사역지를 찾기 위한 일종의 장로교 행사—에서 세 개의 소형 교회를 공동으로 섬기라는 부르심을 발견했다. 이것이 그들을 위한 첫 부르심이었다.

이 두 사람은 신학교 졸업반이었다. Kathie는 “우리는 Austin Seminary에서 운전해 갔습니다. 정말 좋은 경험이었습니다”라고 회고했다.

이번 여름, 일리노이주의 몬티셀로에서 임시 목회직을 끝낸 후, 그녀는 다시 Face to Face 행사에 참여했다. 인터넷을 통해 연결시켜주고 안내해주는 미국 장로교의 시스템인 Church Leadership Connection (CLC)에 의해 지원을 받은 올 해의 행사에는 디트로이트 총회 기간 동안 65명의 ...

Does the Muslim headscarf boost body image

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00

October 17, 2014

Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe

WASHINGTON

In non-Muslim societies, a woman in a headscarf is often perceived as less approachable and sociable, according to past research, and some see the head covering as a means of repressing women.

The world comes to Costa Rica

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Costa Rica

October 17, 2014

Karla Koll (right) with Douwe Visser (left), theological secretary for the WCRC, at the GIT opening worship service. —WCRC Photo

Presbyterian World Mission

Karla Koll

PC(USA) mission co-worker

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica

In July the world came to the Latin American Biblical University (UBL). The Global Institute of Theology (GIT), a program of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), brought theology students and professors from 16 countries together on our campus in Costa Rica for three weeks of classes focused on the theme "Transforming Mission, Church and Community.” 

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