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Internal Executives Selected as Temporary Team to Manage the Presbyterian Mission Agency

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:41

July 10, 2015

Earline Williams and Barry Creech

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Melody K. Smith

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee has appointed two current members of leadership to co-manage the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) until an interim executive director is identified.

Black Presbyterians and Presbyterian World Mission sign historic partnership covenant

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 13:00

July 9, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

Charlotte, N.C.

At the National Black Presbyterian Caucus (NBPC) biennial convention in Charlotte today, Presbyterian World Mission and NBPC signed a historic covenant aimed at strengthening World Mission’s recruitment among African-American Presbyterians for service as mission co-workers and Young Adult Volunteers around the world.

Stated Clerk calls for prayers on South Sudan’s fourth anniversary

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:51

July 9, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

July 9 marks the fourth anniversary of the independence of South Sudan. We recall the sense of unity and optimism that attended the new nation’s birth. Weary of warfare and brutality, South Sudan’s people longed for peace, prosperity, and a better future, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shared their hopes and their joy.

Four years later, those aspirations have become a dream deferred. At the end of 2013, conflict between South Sudan’s political leaders fueled ethnic tensions and sparked renewed fighting. Since then, more than 1.5 million people have been displaced, including more than 800,000 children. The United Nations and international organizations have documented widespread human rights abuses, including gang-rape and torture.

First-ever Big Tent large group Bible study promises lots of questions

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:00

Scholar Kang Yup Na issues challenge to explore Luke 15 with fresh eyes, heart

July 9, 2015

Kang Yup Na —Provided by Kang Yup Na

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

It’s a perennial problem for preachers, Bible study leaders and Sunday school teachers: trying to make an all-too-familiar passage of scripture exciting, fresh and applicable, not to mention doing that for an audience of more than 500 people.

The Kindness of Strangers

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:22

July 9, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Larissa Kwong Abazia

Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly

It was certainly unexpected to uncover that  cancer has a way of bringing people together. When I was first diagnosed and even to this day, I have received gifts and messages from congregations, presbyteries, and individuals reminding me that I am in their thoughts and prayers. 

United Church of Christ votes to divest from Israeli companies in occupied territories

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:00

Denomination joins PC(USA) in financial restrictions

July 9, 2015

Members vote during the United Church of Christ General Synod 2015 in Cleveland. —United Church of Christ Flickr

Religion News Service

LAUREN MARKOE

CLEVELAND

The nearly 1 million-member United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly Tuesday (June 30) to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation and to boycott products of Israeli companies based in the West Bank, a move that follows a divestment vote taken by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) last spring.

Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center suffers extensive damage from sudden, severe storm

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 13:56

All guests and staff are accounted for and safe

July 8, 2015

Flooding swept through the arroyos on Ghost Ranch's property causing massive damage. —Ghost Ranch Staff

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Abiquiui, N.M.

A sudden storm passing through Abiquiu, N.M., at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, produced raging and destructive waters that swept through the arroyos on Ghost Ranch’s extensive property causing massive damage to the national education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Iraqi minister to share harsh realities facing Christians in his country this fall

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 08:21

International peacemaker to visit U.S. churches

July 8, 2015

The Rev. Rami Al Magdasi.

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterians across the U.S. will have an opportunity this fall to meet with Christian leaders facing difficult challenges across the world. As many as 10 leaders from partner denominations and organizations will spend several weeks traveling across the country sharing their experiences, both good and bad. 

After fires, killings, black churches debate the best ways to protect themselves

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 13:33

July 7, 2015

small prayer circle formed near where police responded to a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17, 2015. A gunman opened fire that evening at the historic African-American church in downtown Charleston. —REUTERS/Randall Hill

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The leader of the National Baptist Convention, USA, says his member churches should “do everything that is humanly possible” to protect themselves—even if it means hiring armed guards.

Louisville’s historic ‘Whiskey Row’ burns next to PC(USA) Center

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 12:48

Denomination headquarters spared fire, sustains water and smoke damage

July 7, 2015

Firefighters battle the July 6 blaze in Louisville’s historic ‘Whiskey Row’ outside the Washington Street entrance to the PC(USA) headquarters. —Gregg Brekke

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) headquarters suffered minor water and smoke damage in a July 6 three-building fire that consumed half of a historic block in downtown Louisville.

PC(USA) leaders applaud decision to reopen U.S. Embassy in Cuba

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:57

Re-establishing relations will be a work in progress

July 6, 2015

The Matanzas Theological Seminary overlooking the bay. —Erin Dunigan

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

President Obama’s announcement last week of re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba is welcome news to a number of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders. However, many say the re-opening of embassies in each country is only the beginning of a long road to normalizing relations. 

Zehnder closes Family Week with Fourth of July concert

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 09:33

Annual Ghost Ranch retreat celebrates holiday with music, fireworks over the desert sky

July 6, 2015

Afternoon jam session with (from left to right) Mike Boggio, Tim Gibbs Zehnder, and Naomi Gibbs Zehnder. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

ABIQUIU, N.M.

Call it a twin thing. Wherever identical twin brothers Tom Zehnder and Tim Gibbs Zehnder go, they can’t help but make music. Together. And that’s how they tell their Ghost Ranch story.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to help churches recently damage/destroyed by fire

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 14:03

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance reactivates designated account

July 2, 2015

Assistance sought for the churches recently damaged by fire.

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, in collaboration with its ecumenical partners, is working to assist the churches recently damaged by fire. Over a two week period, seven churches with predominantly black membership burned in Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Ohio and Florida. Investigators speculate lightening may have been involved in a few, but arson has not been ruled out. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is still investigating.

July 2015 - Walk toward a new day - Korean

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:28

July 2, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

나는 지난 12개월 동안 매달 썼던 칼럼을 살펴보면서 그것들 중 4분의 1이 인종차별에 관한 것이었음을 깨닫게 되었다. 가장 최근에 일어난 사건은 사우쓰 캐롤라이나에 위치한Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church (Mother Emanuel) in Charleston에서 발생했다. Mother Emanuel은 폭탄을 맞고 불태움을 당하고 총격을 받고 손상된 많은 많은 흑인 교회들의 목록에 이름을 올리게 되었다.

Youth makes find of (really) historic proportions in N.M. desert

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:21

Family digs into Ghost Ranch’s wide variety of activities

July 2, 2015

John, Jessie, and Carol Dodson. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

ABIQUIU, N.M.

Imagine being out on a morning walk only to discover two fossilized vertebrae from an ancient creature, possibly a small reptile. Now imagine that the two vertebrae, found near—but not next to—each other, fit together.

Caminando hacia un nuevo día

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:20

July 2, 2015

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

Al leer los artículos mensuales que he escrito durante los últimos doce meses, me doy cuenta que una cuarta parte de ellos han hablado sobre el racismo. El último incidente público fue el de los asesinatos en la Iglesia Episcopal Metodista Africana Emanuel (AME) (Madre Emanuel) en Charleston, Carolina del Sur. Madre Emanuel es una iglesia más en una larga lista trágica de iglesias afroamericanas que han sido bombardeadas, quemadas, tiroteadas, y vandalizadas.

Presbyterian Foundation announces new provider for Jarvie Commonweal Service

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:09

July 1, 2015

Presbyterian Foundation News Release

Rob Bullock

LOUISVILLE

The Jarvie Commonweal Service, a ministry to older adult Protestants in the New York City area, has undergone changes in leadership and structure, according to leaders of the Presbyterian Foundation. 

Family legacy unites Presbyterian ministers at Ghost Ranch

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00

Annual trek to PC(USA) retreat center cultivates creativity, study

July 1, 2015

Tim and Beth Hart-Andersen. —Emily Enders Odom

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

ABIQUIU, N.M.

Beth Hart-Andersen is a child of God. And—not incidentally—a child of Ghost Ranch. “I’ve been coming here since I was four years old,” she says. “At least that’s my earliest memory.” And now, 31 years—to the day—and 3 children later, the Hart-Andersens still find a way to return to Ghost Ranch every year. 

PC(USA) leaders issue statement on church burnings

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:51

July 1, 2015

News Release

A hate-inspired tragedy like the murder of nine worshipers at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, causes people of good conscience not only to grieve, but to reassess their attitudes about race, and moves people of all races to come together and take actions that reflect new commitments to heal long-standing wounds in the United States.

Unfortunately, those commitments to reconciliation inflame in some the same racial hatred that motivated the Charleston killings and result in a backlash of further violence. In the last week, at least seven churches with predominantly black membership have been burned ...

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board responds to lawsuit

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:35

Dermody, Hoey file defamation suits against PC(USA)

July 1, 2015

Jefferson County Courthouse in Louisville, Ky.

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, through its Louisville-based lawyer, John Sheller of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, issued a response on June 25 to a defamation lawsuit filed against the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation, by the Rev. Roger Dermody.

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