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Presbyterian Youth Triennium offering to build ‘calamity disaster’ shelters in Philippines

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:22

Shipping containers to be used in the construction of churches and schools

April 6, 2016

An engineering design depicts what a new church shelter built out of shipping containers will look like in Bohol in the Philippines. —Courtesy Silliman University

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

In March 2014, an email in the Philippines was sent out that eventually spread across the Pacific. It contained an idea from Silliman University President Dr. Ben Malayang. He’d just seen his country suffer through two deadly natural disasters. 

Second installment of De La Rosa’s ‘Keeping Faith’ now online

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:28

PMA video newsletter highlights Easter’s ‘new way of life’

April 6, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The second monthly installment of “Keeping Faith,” the video newsletter from Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), was published earlier today. In this post-Easter edition of his communication, De La Rosa says the season “is a time when we practice a new way of life in the risen Christ who is everywhere at work in the world.”

PC(USA) young women attend UN Commission on the Status of Women

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 06:00

Women’s Leadership Development program empowers female millennials for action and advocacy

April 6, 2016

Fourteen young women from across the PC(USA) participated in the 60th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Delegates were sponsored by the Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. —Jewel McRae

Presbyterian News Service

Gail Strange

LOUISVILLE

Fourteen young women from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shared their experiences after participating in the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held March 10–18 in New York. The delegation was organized through a partnership between the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries and Presbyterian Women. Their presence was made possible due to the special consultative status the PC(USA) holds through the U.N. Economic and Social Council.

Presbyterian Pastor Explores Moral Decision Making in New Book

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 04:00

April 6, 2016

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, KY

Discerning God’s will and following it is complicated. In his new book, It’s Complicated: A Guide to Faithful Decision Making, Jack Haberer helps Christians weave their way through the complexities of decision making as shown in the equally complex words of the Bible. 

National religious leaders call for presidential candidates to take on low wages

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:47

Group releases ‘Interfaith Call for Moral Action on the Economy’

April 5, 2016

Left to right, Rev. Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Rev. Michael Livingston, Rev. Andrea Alexander, Rev. Sekinah Hamlin, Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston, Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, marched asking the Pope to acknowledge the plight of striking low-wage federal contract workers. —Good Jobs Nation

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The nation’s interfaith community used the 48th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to call on the next U.S. president to tackle low wages. Leaders of 25 national religious organizations called on the presidential candidates to take “Moral Action On the Economy” by committing to pay federal contract workers livable wages and grant them collective bargaining rights.

Presbyterian Mission Agency announces budget communication plan

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:02

‘Small number’ of layoffs, position restructuring and program elimination expected

April 5, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

In an email to Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) staff today, interim executive director Tony De La Rosa announced plans to communicate details of the budget, mission plan and staffing decisions in the weeks leading up to the PMA’s April 26-29 board meeting.

YAV in Peru works with indigenous tribes seeking recognition

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 09:00

Pappas says change is possible ‘in yourself and in the world around you’

April 4, 2016

Daniel Pappas with youth in Peru. —Photo provided

Judy Everett Ramos

Director of Communications, Grace Presbytery

Special to Presbyterian News Service

IRVING, TX

Daniel Pappas is living a life outside his comfort zone—literally and figuratively—in Peru, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. Young Adult Volunteers explore God’s calling in their lives while being part of an intentional Christian community in partner sites around the world.

New education ministry tailored to meet needs of Syrian refugees

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 04:00

Some children attending school for the first time ever

April 4, 2016

Children from Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon are learning to read and write for the first time. Five days each week, they receive lessons in Arabic, English, math, science, and Bible ethics. At the end of the day they get a hot meal. —Scott Parker

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Scott Parker

BEIRUT, LEBANON

It is mid-winter in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, but it is the first month of school for 100 Syrian children. Although the surrounding villages are filled with plenty of school-age Syrian children playing and selling chewing gum in the streets, these kids are glad to be in the classroom, learning to read and write. With the war in Syria now in its fifth year, many of these children were displaced from their homes before they were of school age. For most, this is their first time attending school, ever. 

Mission T-shirt day at 222nd General Assembly (2016)

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:32

April 1, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

Headed to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 222nd General Assembly (2016) in June? Be sure to pack your favorite mission T-shirt.

Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons is encouraging all Presbyterians attending the assembly, June 18–25, in Portland, Oregon, to wear a mission T-shirt on Thursday, June 23. It could be a shirt from a youth mission trip, a congregational project such as Habitat for Humanity, or a social justice advocacy event.

“We hope to show the varied, colorful, rich, diverse ways that Presbyterians help people every day,” Parsons says.

PC(USA) wins several DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards for communications excellence

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:08

PDA documentary 'Locked in a Box: Immigration Detention' wins Best in Class

April 1, 2016

David Barnhart receives the DeRose-Hinkhouse Best in Class “Audio & Video, Broadcast, Non-Broadcast, and Cable” Award the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance documentary, 'Locked in a Box: Immigration Detention.' —George Conklin

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) has recognized the communications ministry at the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for its excellence in several categories. The DeRose-Hinkhouse Award reception was held in New York City on March 31, 2016, in conjunction with RCC’s annual national convention.

Global poverty initiatives making a difference in Malawi

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:48

Mother’s Day cards support ‘Healthy Women Healthy Families’ around the world

April 1, 2016

The 2016 Mother’s Day card features a mother and child in Madagascar. —Rolland Razafiarison

Presbyterian News Service

Tammy Warren

LOUISVILLE

May 8 is Mother’s Day and the Healthy Women Healthy Families program, a global poverty initiative of Presbyterian World Mission and Presbyterian Women, is working to honor mothers and children everywhere. The program provides free Mother’s Day or assorted blank notecards to Presbyterian Women’s groups and other mission-minded Presbyterians who distribute the cards in exchange for donations.

Twenty-seven new worshiping communities receive grants

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 06:00

Funding to support existing ‘1001’ communities and help start new ones

April 1, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

Funding through mission program grants by the Presbyterian Mission Agency supports a diverse range of needs and people through ministries being created in new worshiping communities across the country.

April 2016 - Pack your mission T - Korean

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 04:00

April 1, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

미션 티셔츠를 준비하세요

내가 미국 장로교 총회 정서기로서 보내는 시간들 중 장로교인들 및 그들의 교회들이 행하는 선교와 사역에 대해 듣는 것이 참으로 감사하고 기다려지는 시간들 중 하나이다. 때로 그들은 교회가 속한 지역 사회 안에서 사역을 하지만, 또 어떤 때에는 세계의 다른 지역에 가서 사역을 하기도 한다. 보편적으로 볼 때, 나는 이러한 경험들이 그들의 삶을 어떻게 변화시켰는지에 대해 듣는다.

몇 년 전 쿠바에 갔을 때, 내가 방문한 거의 모든 교회들의 벽에는 미국 장로교에 속한 교회들이 선교 여행을 다녀간 사진들이 붙어 있었다. 장로교인들은 다른 사람들을 돕는 사역을 매우 중시한다. 그들은 가옥들을 세우고 개량한다. 그들은 자료들이 부족한 학교들에서 학생들을 지도한다. 그들은 물과 태양광 ...

Presbyterian Mission Agency releases unaudited 2015 financials

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:27

Expense reductions and increased giving credited for $3.4 million surplus

March 31, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) released its unaudited 2015 financial statement today, reporting a $3.4 million surplus on combined income minus expenses.

Why do we keep Sabbath?

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:00

The Bible's rhythm of creation and rest couldn't be more important for today's busy Christians.

March 31, 2016

Presbyterians Today

Kris Haig

LOUISVILLE

"Days pass and the years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles.” These words are recited at the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath, but also work well as a prayer of confession for the rest of us—for our frantic lifestyles and chronic inattentiveness to the presence of God.

It is tempting to think that these challenges of time and busyness are a purely modern experience, but the Bible tells us otherwise. The stewardship of time and labor has always been difficult. In Old Testament times, as today, some people were compelled by poverty to work far more hours than was healthy, while others enjoyed a standard of living that depended on the overwork of others. Still, today, some of us are unable to stop working for reasons having nothing to do with economic necessity.

Engaging churches in educating young people

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 06:00

CPJ Day workshop to show churches how they can get involved

March 31, 2016

Alonzo Johnson leads a workshop at Big Tent 2015. —Gregg Brekke

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

As Presbyterians and other Christian denominations gather in Washington, D.C. next month for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, they’ll be looking at a number of factors that inspired this year’s conference theme “Lift Every Voice!: Racism, Class and Power.” One that continues to resonate across the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) is education. 

Cuba conversation with Reformed churches in the Americas

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 20:40

Participants met to do a gendered reading of Accra+10

March 30, 2016

Participants in the WCRC bi-regional conversation between CANAAC and AIPRAL in Matanzas, Cuba, January 20-25, 2016. Photo by Amaury Tañón-Santos

Office of the General Assembly

Molly Casteel and Amaury Tañón-Santos

Mantazas, Cuba

Representatives from fifteen communion-members of the Alliance of Latin American Presbyterian and Reformed Churches (AIPRAL) and the Caribbean and North America Area Council (CANAAC) gathered recently for Gender Reading of the Signs of Times: Bi-regional Conversations with Accra +10.

The highly symbolic and contextual consultation was sponsored by the World Council of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and hosted in the Seminario Evangélico de Teología in Matanzas, Cuba.

Presbyterian partners in Pakistan send updates following Lahore bombing

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 13:25

Christians on high alert after suicide attack in crowded park

March 30, 2016

Carnival rides at site of the Easter 2016 suicide bomb attack in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed at least 70 people and injured hundreds more.

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

A Sunday afternoon blast ripped through a crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan, killing at least 70 and wounding more than 300 people. Pakistani Taliban splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing it says targeted Christians celebrating Easter at the amusement park, although most of those killed, including 29 children, were Muslim.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk calls for repeal of discriminatory N.C. law - Korean

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:21

March 30, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

미국장로교정서기가차별적노쓰캐롤라이나법의폐지를요구하다

그래디 파슨스

1977년 이후로, 장로교 총회는 LGBT사람들이 시민으로서의 자유와 평등권, 그리고 모든 시민들이 받아 마땅한 사회 및 경제적 차별로부터 법적 보호를 받는 것과 관련하여 그들에 대한 공정한 대우를 옹호해 왔다 (Minutes, PCUS, 1977, Part I, p. 174).

따라서, 우리는 죠지아 주지사 Nathan Deal이LGBT사람들에 대한 차별을 초래했었을 죠지아 법안 757에 대해 거부권을 행사한 것에 박수를 보낸다. Deal 주지사는 “나는 죠지아의 신앙 기반 커뮤니티를 보호하기 위해 우리가 어떤 사람들을 차별해야 한다고 생각하지 않습니다. 우리도 평생 동안 그 공동체에 속해 왔지만 말입니다”라고 말했다.  

동시에, 우리는 노쓰 캐롤라이나에서 승인되어 법제화된 최근의 법안으로서 출생 증명서에 ...

PC(USA) delegation tracks progression of Syrian refugees across Europe

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 06:00

From Hungary to Greece, leaders find compassion for those seeking safety and refuge

March 30, 2016

A child stands outside a tent at a refugee camp on the Macedonia-Greece Border. —Derek Mcleod

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones and Kathy Melvin

LOUISVILLE

For more than a week, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have followed the path taken by Syrian refugees across parts of Europe as they escaped the war and violence in their own country. Holy Week for PC(USA) moderator Heath Rada and his team, has been met with heartache, encouragement and determination from the church and its partners.

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