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PC(USA) leaders condemn Paris violence and call for justice - Korean

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 09:19

January 12, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

미국 장로교 지도자들이 파리에서 일어난 폭력에 대해 규탄하면서 정의에 호소하다

오늘 우리는 치유와 회복의 하나님을 믿는 믿음의 사람들로서 파리와 그 안에 사는 모든 사람들을 위해 기도합니다. 우리는 지난 며칠 사이에 그곳에서 일어난 어처구니 없는 폭력과 테러 행위들을 비난합니다. 그리고 생명을 잃은 무고한 희생자들과 두려움에 사로잡힌 시민들을 위해 정의를 호소합니다. 이와 마찬가지로, 우리는 이러한 공격을 일으킨 원인들 중 일부분을 차지하는 반 유대주의 및 종교의 이름으로 공포를 조장하려는 어떤 기관들도 비난합니다. 오늘 그리고 앞으로도, 우리는 믿음의 사람들 모두가 평화와 일치를 향한 노력에 함께 힘을 모을 것을 촉구합니다.

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Contemporary gospel music pioneer Andrae Crouch dead at 72

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 07:18

January 12, 2015

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

Andrae Crouch, a Grammy-winning gospel composer and singer whose music remains a staple in many church hymnals, died Thursday (Jan. 8). He was 72 and had been sick for many years.

Denomination in prayer for former GA moderator

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 16:06

January 10, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

It is with deep sadness that we call on members and friends of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to pray for the Reverend Syngman Rhee, moderator of the 212th General Assembly (2000).  The denominational and ecumenical leader is battling an aggressive form of cancer, and his family reports that he is being moved to hospice care.

Rhee was the first Asian American to serve as GA moderator, was a national staff leader, and was president of the National Council of Churches from 1992 to 1993. We surround him, his wife, Haesun; and his children, Anna, Peter, and Mina; in ...

PC(USA) leaders condemn Paris violence and call for justice

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 15:59

January 10, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

This day, as people of faith who believe in a God of healing and restoration, we pray for the city of Paris and all who dwell in it. We denounce the senseless acts of violence and terrorism that have taken place there over the last few days, and seek justice for the innocent victims who have lost their lives and the citizens who have been thrust into fear. Likewise, we condemn the anti-Semitism that was part of these attacks, and any organization that would seek to inflict horror in the name of religion. Today and in the coming days, we ...

Palestinian college opens new doors for young people

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:30

January 9, 2015

PC(USA) staffers tour Dar al-Kalima’s culinary arts program last fall. —Rick Jones

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Nuha Khoury has a dream. She hopes to one day see all of her graduates own and operate their own jewelry stores, restaurants or film companies. Khoury is the vice president for academic affairs at Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture, the first college in the West Bank to provide specialized programs in the performing and visual arts.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) applauds new Fair Food Program partnership

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:40

The Fresh Market Is 13th company to support Coalition of Immokalee Workers

January 9, 2015

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is celebrating the new Fair Food agreement announced Jan. 8 between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and The Fresh Market. The North Carolina-based specialty grocer is the 13th company to participate in the program, designed to support fair farm labor conditions and verifiable, worker-driven social responsibility in U.S. agriculture.

Blossom and flourish in our renewal

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:00

January 9, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Heath K. Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church USA

Louisville

This morning when I awoke and peered outside the window, the rhododendron forest in which I reside looked dead. All of the slick, green leaves that remain in place all winter were closed up so tightly that they appeared to have no life. When I looked at the thermometer out our kitchen window I noted that it was 4 degrees, and the wind was howling. The television weatherman reported that the wind chill factor was minus 20 degrees.

I reflected on those rhododendron leaves. It is amazing how they tell us the weather conditions before we step outside. They close up when it is cold, and they open up when the weather is mild. They even flower when it is beautiful weather for a period of time each summer.

Congo Mission Network raises money to reopen nutrition center

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:01

Center focuses on education, children’s health

January 8, 2015

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

LOUISVILLE

Although the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Congo Mission Network focuses its efforts on long-term, sustainable solutions, sometimes there’s a need so glaring that emergency relief is the only option. When members of the network learned that the Tudisha Bana Bimpe Nutrition Center in Tshikaji, Democratic Republic of Congo, had closed because of a lack of funding, they acted quickly and decisively.

Muslims on edge after Paris terrorist attack on satirical magazine

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:00

January 8, 2015

Religion News Service

Aida Alami, Angela Waters and Elizabeth Bryant

PARIS

A horrific attack on a satirical magazine that mocked Islam left 12 people dead Jan. 7 and put the Muslim community on edge.

7 ways religious affiliation will (and won’t) change in the new Congress

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:00

January 7, 2015

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

WASHINGTON

Republicans took full control of Capitol Hill when the 114th Congress was sworn in on Tuesday (Jan. 6), but even with a political shift, there will be little change in the overall religious makeup of Congress, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.

New Positions in Theological Education Funds Development at the Presbyterian Foundation

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:27

January 7, 2015

December 11, 2014

Acting on the recommendation of the Special Committee on Funding Theological Institutions at the 221st General Assembly, the Presbyterian Foundation has created two positions for Theological Education Funds Development.

Theologian, writer Edward Farley died Dec. 27

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:04

January 6, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

William Edward Farley, a scholar and writer on constructive systematic theology, died Dec. 27. He was 85.

Jordan welcomes throngs of tourists at site where believers say Jesus was baptized

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 09:03

January 6, 2015

Religion News Service

Dale Hanson Bourke

AMMAN, Jordan

For most Americans, Epiphany (Jan. 6) passes with little celebration.

Along the border

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 10:00

Young Adult Volunteers visit U.S./Mexico border to experience immigration first hand

January 5, 2015

Young Adult Volunteers pray at the fence separating the United States and Mexico. —April English

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Robyn Davis Sekula

communications specialist

LOUISVILLE

Each year, Young Adult Volunteers take a journey that changes their perspective on life in Mexico and immigration issues. They take a trip to the border of Mexico and the United States and meet those whose lives are divided by walls, policy and economics. 

Racial ethnic, new immigrant seminarians gather to explore changing landscape of ministry

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 10:00

December 29, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

LOUISVILLE

For a long weekend this fall, 28 seminarians from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined with other church leaders to explore the changing landscape of ministry.

Tsunami: 10 years later, a lesson in resilience

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 10:00

December 26, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

For many of us, Dec. 26, 2004, was the day after Christmas. But as thousands in the United States headed for shopping centers to return gifts, people living along the coast of Indonesia were about to experience one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. 

A silent — but not lonely — night

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:00

Kansas churches visit, deliver cookies to those working on Christmas Eve

December 23, 2014

From left to right baking cookies at the Colby church: Regena Barnum, Merna Schroeder, Andy Sonneborn, Veronica Roopchan. —Evan Barnum

Theology, Worship and Education

Emily Enders Odom

communications strategist

LOUISVILLE

For many of the police officers, fire fighters, health care workers and other employees called to work on Christmas Eve in two small northwest Kansas towns, a silent night need no longer be a lonely night.

New attorney hired for PCNCI investigation

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:15

Original attorney had professional ties to Mission Agency board member

December 23, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board has hired a new attorney to investigate the establishment of an unauthorized corporation and the transfer of funds to that corporation.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation Announces Attorney Change

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:15

December 23, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Louisville

On December 11, 2014, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) Executive Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation confirmed the selection of Mark T. Calloway of Alston & Bird LLP as the lead attorney who will represent the Board Executive Committee in its external investigation into the establishment of an unauthorized corporation and the transfer of funds to that corporation.

Blown away by the Christmas spirit

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:00

Immigrant, refugee children pool money to buy gifts for homeless shelter

December 22, 2014

Children at Shalom International Ministry in Clarkston, Ga., are donating mittens to a local homeless shelter. —courtesy Shalom International Ministry

Mission Communications Specialists

Paul Seebeck

“What would you like to do for Christmas this year?” the new worshiping community leaders asked their children.

Pastor Gad Mpoyo of Shalom International Ministry in Clarkston, Georgia, still remembers the immigrant and refugee children pondering the question.

Their answer blew him away.

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