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Critical global initiatives taking root in Madagascar

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 11:00

Mission co-workers lead efforts to transform communities

March 11, 2016

Tangerines from the village of Beambiaty in mid-western Madagascar are sold at a market in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

LOUISVILLE

With one of the highest rates of poverty in the world, mission co-workers Dan and Elizabeth Turk and Jan Heckler passionately believe Madagascar is a country with much to gain from PC(USA) critical global initiatives.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to water contamination in small New York community

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 04:00

Hoosick Falls prepares for long-term recovery

March 11, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Reports of water contamination in U.S. communities appear to be happening more frequently than before. What used to be perceived as an international problem is now occurring in our own backyards. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance recently deployed a National Response Team to the small community of Hoosick Falls, New York.

PC-Biz is redesigned in time for GA222 - Korean

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 17:06

March 10, 2016

새로운출시

Louisville

미국 장로교 총회 안건들을 저장하고 있는 웹싸이트에서 얼굴의 주름살을 제거하고 복부 체지방을 제거하였다.

2006 년 까지 거슬러가는 총회 안건들을 저장하고 있는 PC-Biz 프로그램이 모든 사용자들은 위한 검색 기능과 접근성을 개선하면서 새로운 모습과 향상된 구조를 갖추게 되었다. 그리고 이 개선된 프로그램은 총대들과 자문 대표들 및 기타 다른 사람들이 6월 18일에서 25일 사이 오레곤 주 포틀랜드에서 열리는 제 222차 총회 (2016)를 준비하고 있는 바로 그 시기에 적절하게 만들어졌다.

GA222 registration is open - Korean

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 17:01

여러 행사들 중 그래디 파슨스를 위한 축하 오찬

March 10, 2016

뉴스 보도

Louisville

제 222차 미국 장로교 총회를 위한 등록이 시작되었다. 약 3000명의 장로교인들 및 기타 다른 사람들이 교단의 안건 처리와 예배와 교제를 위해 모일 것이다.

중간 공의회 직원, 신학 기관 직원 및 관찰자들은 포틀랜드 오레곤 컨벤센 센터에서 6월 18-25일 사이에 열리는 총회에 온라인(online)으로 등록할 수 있다. 총대들, 자문 대표들, 총회 기관 직원들 및 선출된 회원들, 그리고 기타 초대 손님들은 총회 등록을 위해 사용할 수 있는 특별 링크들을 포함하는 이메일을 받게 될 것이다.

March 2016 - The hard work of reconciliation - Korean

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 15:59

March 10, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

화해를 위한 힘겨운 일

어떤 말이 무심코 우리 입에서 나올 때마다 하나님은 심지어 우리의 더듬거림도 참아주시고, 우리의 무지함도 용서해 주신다. 정말이지 이러한 자비가 없다면 기도할 자유도 없을 것이다—죤 칼빈

위의 인용문에는 수학 공식이 들어있는 것 같다. 관용 + 용서 + 자비= 자유--어린 자녀들이 자기 부모들에게 어떤 것이라도 물을 수 있는 것으로 정의되는 자유. 나는 이 공식이 공동체로서의 우리 삶에도 적용될 수 있을지가 궁금하다.

헬렌 켈러는 관용이 가장 큰 정신적 (mind) 선물이라고 말했다. 관용을 베풀기 위해서는 자전거를 타고 균형을 잡으려 할 때와 똑같은 두뇌적 노력이 요구된다. 이것은 승자 독식적 태도와는 정반대의 것이다. 이것은 다른 견해들에 대해 온화한 생각을 견지하는 것을 의미한다. 이렇게 ...

Coalition of Immokalee Workers and PC(USA) staff march at University of Louisville

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:32

Workers’ Voice Tour calls for boycott of Wendy’s restaurants

March 10, 2016

Supporters for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers take to the U of L campus to call for a boycott against Wendy’s restaurants. —Andrew Kang Bartlett

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

More than 120 people, including several Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) staff, took up banners and pickets this week, as they made their way across the University of Louisville campus. It was part of a campaign to convince the Wendy’s fast food chain that its current practices of buying tomatoes is negatively impacting the lives and rights of farmworkers. 

PC(USA) joins Supreme Court brief supporting DACA, DAPA

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:01

March 10, 2016

News Release

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was among twenty-four Catholic, Evangelical, and Protestant faith-based organizations that filed an amicus brief March 9 with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of the Obama administration’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration.

PC(USA) holds chapel service to honor departing Mission Agency colleagues

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 10:00

‘Service of Gratitude, Grief, and Grace’ recognizes voluntary separation program participants

March 10, 2016

Rosemary Mitchell and Tony De La Rosa prepare to celebrate communion during the 'Service of Gratitude, Grief, and Grace,' honoring departing PMA colleagues. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Staff members representing the six agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) filled the chapel of the Presbyterian Center this morning for a “Service of Gratitude, Grief, and Grace,” to give voice to their sadness and to express their gratitude for the 26 employees of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA)—their longtime colleagues and friends—who accepted voluntary separation packages effective February 29.

Women of the Reformation

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 07:22

A Presbyterian Women-sponsored trip explores past and present leadership.

March 10, 2016

The 2014 Presbyterian Women's group begins its tour of historic Geneva, a site renowned for its role in the Protestant Reformation. —Courtesy of Hillary Moses Mohaupt

Presbyterians Today

Hillary Moses Mohaupt

LOUISVILLE

The year 2009 marked the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, an occasion celebrated by Reformed churches around the world. For Kathy Reeves, mission associate for Presbyterian Women, the theologian’s birthday also sparked an idea for an international study tour about women during the Reformation.

“It occurred to me that people don’t pay much attention to how women participated in the Reformation,” Reeves says. 

Reeves wanted to bring that history to life—particularly the history of French Huguenots who were persecuted for their faith for more than a century. “I also wanted women to claim persecution as a part of our Reformed heritage,” she says. “So many Christians have been persecuted and continue to be persecuted because of their faith. American Christians don’t really know much about that.”

Challenge gifts inspire congregation to raise funds for Presbyterian World Mission

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:30

Matching donation program nets $13,500 for mission co-worker support

March 9, 2016

First Presbyterian Church of Waverly (Ohio). —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Pat Cole

LOUISVILLE

The “seed money” planted by three people at First Presbyterian Church of Waverly (Ohio) resulted in a harvest of generosity directed toward Presbyterian mission co-workers.

Small Church Residency Program to conclude by December 2017

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 08:00

Program celebrates eight years of growing pastors, growing churches

March 9, 2016

Stacy Garcia celebrates Pentecost in 2012 at Lavonia Presbyterian Church. —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Small churches can have big ministries. Four years ago, the 36-member Lavonia (Georgia) Presbyterian Church had no children’s Sunday school. The church recently counted 12 children in the program. Two years ago on Easter Sunday, nine people were baptized at the 156-member First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, Missouri.

Interview: Global issues of women’s empowerment and sustainable development

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 13:28

Presbyterians to attend the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women

March 8, 2016

Presbyterian participant Florence Vargas leads the ecumenical community in worship during the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. —Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Thirty-three Presbyterian women, including 14 young adults, will attend the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York this month. The delegation is organized through a partnership involving the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, and Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This presence is possible because the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is accredited to the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council.

Rada asks New York audience for input on financial priorities, structure

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:50

PC(USA) Moderator’s conversations seek new way forward

March 8, 2016

Heath Rada speaks during a churchwide listening session at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. —Gregg Brekke

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

NEW YORK

Thirty participants joined Heath Rada, moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City for discussion and input on the future of the denomination. New York was Rada’s third stop on a five-city conversation tour. Two previous meeting took place in Atlanta. Upcoming meetings are scheduled March 12 in San Diego, Calif., and March 19 in Ames, Iowa.

Sharing 1001 New Worshiping Communities energy with international partners

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 06:00

National coordinator, White, presents to Fresh Expressions conference in Cape Town

March 8, 2016

Vera White shared the PC(USA) ‘1001’ story with more than 400 church leaders from around the world at a recent International Fresh Expressions Conference. —Bev Meldrum Photography

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

Louisville

Vera White, national coordinator for 1001 New Worshiping Communities, remembers the gratitude she felt and how it came to her. She was about to give a presentation to more than 400 church leaders from around the world at the International Fresh Expressions Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers calls for Wendy’s boycott

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 11:00

Multi-city tour continues from New York to Florida

March 7, 2016

More than 500 farmworkers and supporters of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers demonstrate last week outside the offices of Nelson Pelz, the chairman of Wendy's Board of Directors. —Photo courtesy of Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Louisville

For more than 10 years, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has been campaigning to convince the Wendy’s Company to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), which focuses on the rights of farmworkers. But the Ohio-based fast food chain has refused to join the program even though competitors Yum Brands, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Subway have joined.

Rosemary C. Mitchell named Interim Senior Director for Funds Development

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 09:00

Seasoned fundraising executive and PC(USA) minister tapped to provide interim leadership

March 7, 2016

Rosemary C. Mitchell —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Louisville

The Rev. Rosemary C. Mitchell, a Presbyterian teaching elder and certified fund-raising executive (CFRE), who joined the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) staff as a mission engagement advisor in January 2014, has been promoted to interim senior director for Funds Development effective March 7.

PC(USA) Board of Pensions to launch new portal, offer employer options

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 07:08

Approves expanded service options, 2017 benefits plan and investment strategy

March 7, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Philadelphia

The board of directors for the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met last week to report on the financial status of the organization, discuss the 2017 benefits plan, and preview its new online portal for members and, for the first time, employers.

LCC students receive holistic approach to education

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:45

Students getting the foundation to become the leaders of tomorrow in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

March 4, 2016

Valeriya Boyko, a junior communications major at Lithuania Christian College, was awarded a 70 percent tuition discount for the 2015-2106 academic year and sophomore business administration major Erik Dudik received a 40 percent tuition discount, with scholarship funds from Saint Mark Presbyterian C —Photo courtesy of Lithuania Christian College.

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

Louisville

Around the globe, there is a need for faithful, biblically grounded leaders with a concern for reconciliation, tolerance, and social justice. With the help of two scholarship funds established by the Global Mission Ministry Committee at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD, and mission co-workers Eric and Rebecca Hinderliter, students at Lithuania Christian College (LCC) are getting much-needed financial help.

Presbyterian Mission Agency completes voluntary separation program

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 10:15

Incentive package taken by 26 employees

March 4, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

Twenty-six of 46 eligible employees of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have taken voluntary separation packages as part of cost-savings measures instituted earlier this spring. The program, announced Jan. 7, was offered to PMA staff members at least 60 years of age with at least five years of continuous service at the PC(USA) as of Dec. 31, 2015. The deadline for participation was Feb. 29.

PC-Biz is redesigned in time for GA222

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 13:23

March 3, 2016

News Release

Louisville

The website that houses Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly business has gotten a facelift and tummy tuck.

PC-Biz, home to assembly business going back to 2006, has a fresh look and an updated structure, improving navigation and accessibility for users. And, the makeover is just in time as commissioners, advisory delegates, and others prepare for the 222nd General Assembly (2016), set for June 18–25, in Portland, Oregon.

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