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Lord in your mercy …

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:52

March 12, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

Prayers are lifted for the police officers shot outside the police station in Ferguson, Missouri. I pray for their swift healing. I pray for a new path for all of us.

The Reverend Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

More than 40 Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding studies now available

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:33

March 12, 2015

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff, Associate for Promotions

Louisville

Call to Mission, with a foreword by Hunter Farrell, director of Presbyterian World Mission, challenges congregations to explore their call to mission from both global and local perspectives.

One Great Hour of Sharing helps rebuilding efforts a decade after Katrina

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:02

“I will never leave New Orleans, because New Orleans will never leave me.”

March 12, 2015

East New Orleans residents use community center resources made possible, in part, by an OGHS grant. —Troy Glover

Presbyterian News Service

Troy Glover and Scott O’Neill

NEW ORLEANS, La

SDOP, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the three ministries supported by the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering (OGHS), are working together to rebuild New Orleans and Delta wetland communities.  

New Book Explores the “Fierce” Side of Mister Rogers

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 04:00

March 12, 2015

Westminster John Knox

Louisville, KY

In Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers, Michael Long explores how Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister, used his children’s program as a platform for sharing countercultural beliefs about caring nonviolently for one another, animals, and the earth. 

National PC(USA) staff, friends show support for Arizona mom in sanctuary for eight months

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:51

March 11, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Louisville

A group of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) staff and friends stood Tuesday as part of a national solidarity campaign to support Rosa Robles Loreto, the wife and mother who has spent eight months in sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona.

“Rosa is in a very difficult situation right now. She’s been living at that church for eight months because she has a final order of deportation,” said Teresa Waggener, coordinator for Immigration Issues and an Assistant Stated Clerk for the PC(USA). “We all know her to be our sister and our neighbor and we love her, and we are not going to stand still.”

Q&A: Rachel Held Evans on the ills of American Christianity, and leaving evangelicalism

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:41

March 11, 2015

Religion News Service

Jonathan Merritt

Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the author of “Evolving in Monkey Town” and later with the New York Times best-seller “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” Those who follow her writings often note that her thinking has become increasingly progressive, especially on hot-button theological issues such as gender and sexuality. That shift culminated in her leaving evangelicalism for the Episcopal Church.

‘Doing interfaith relations right’

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:00

Presbyterian Mission Agency and Louisville Seminary enter into historic partnership by collaborating on new course offering

March 10, 2015

Dr. Christine Hong, a Louisville Seminary adjunct professor, teaches her "Multifaith Perspectives on Global Displacement" class this spring. In July 2015, Hong will join Louisville Seminary's full-time faculty as assistant professor of worship and evangelism. —Chris Wooten

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

In a unique, proactive collaboration this spring with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Doors to Dialogue (D2D) initiative, Christine Hong—assisted by two of her Presbyterian Mission Agency colleagues, Rob Fohr, a mission catalyst, and Sara Otoum, a social media specialist—is teaching a pilot course called “Multifaith Perspectives on Global Displacement.” 

Presbyterian churches continue to struggle with winter storm damage in the Northeast

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:00

March 10, 2015

First Presbyterian Church of Worcester, MA suffered damage from the heavy snows. —Judy and Gary Margolin

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

New Englanders were hopeful the end of February would mean an end to the onslaught of heavy snow and freezing temperatures. But hopes continued to be dashed the first week of March with more snow and more problems for the churches and businesses in the region. With more than 100 inches falling in the last several weeks, communities continue to move closer to the all-time record amount of snowfall for a single season.

Pope Francis nearly as popular as St. John Paul II among US Catholics

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:00

March 9, 2015

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON, DC

A Pew Research survey released Thursday (March 5) finds the pontiff rates a 90 percent “very” or “mostly favorable” rating among U.S. Roman Catholics. For Mass-attending Catholics, it’s a stratospheric 95 percent total positive rating.

Presbyterians respond to the mass incarceration crisis

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 07:46

CPJ Training Day workshop offers grassroots strategies for change

March 9, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

 Three years ago, the Presbyterian Health Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA) convened a gathering of Presbyterians and members of other faith traditions to develop a network that would address issues arising from our nation’s criminal justice system. The result was the establishment of the Presbyterian Criminal Justice Network (PCJN). 

Historian and theologian tapped to lead Presbyterian Historical Society - Korean

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 05:19

March 9, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Philadelphia

역사학자 겸 신학자가 장로교 역사 학회를 이끌도록 임명되다

토야 리차드 잭슨, 커뮤니케이션 담당자 겸 정서기 보조

베쓰 헤셀 (Beth Hessel) 목사가 장로교 역사 학회(PHS)의 새로운 총 책임자 및 미국 장로교 교회 자료 및 역사부서의 책임자로 임명되었다.

미국 장로교 정서기인 그래디 파슨스는 다음과 같이 말한다: “베쓰 헤셀은 역사와 신학을 아주 훌륭하게 조합할 줄 아는 사람입니다. 그녀는 하나님께서 우리 과거에 행하신 일과, 하나님께서 미래에 우리를 불러 행하게 하시는 것이 무엇인지를 사람들이 들을 수 있도록 돕고자 하는 일에 남다른 열정을 지니고 있습니다.”

헤셀은 필라델피아에 위치하고 있는 장로교 역사학회의 모든 운영들과 프로그램들에 대한 책임을 맡게 될 것이며, 미국 장로교의 역사를 수집하고 보존하며 ...

COTE marks and celebrates membership and staff transitions

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:00

February meeting of the Committee on Theological Education undertook full agenda

March 6, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

PRINCETON, NJ

The Committee on Theological Education (COTE)—which was hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary and its president Craig Barnes February 24–26—opened its February meeting by recognizing the departure of several committee and staff members, while also welcoming a new Presbyterian Mission Agency staff member in support of its mission. 

The road from Selma was paved with the blood of four unsung martyrs

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:00

March 6, 2015

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

They were just four of the thousands of Americans who came to Selma 50 years ago, heeding the call of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for people of conscience to join in protesting the plight of African-Americans in Alabama at the height of the civil rights movement.

Ferncliff Camp to host Responding to School Violence conference

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:00

Thanks to PDA partnership, will expand its “healing camp” ministry for survivors of school gun violence.

March 6, 2015

Students from Westside and Columbine gather at Ferncliff for healing camp— as survivors of mass school shooting comforted by one another, and perfect strangers saying to them, ‘you are in pain, I am with you.' —Courtesy of Ferncliff

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LITTLE ROCK, AR

Since 1998, after a mass shooting occurred in their community at Westside Middle School, Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center has hosted numerous healing camps for children and youth affected by school gun violence.

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation soliciting applications for leadership development opportunity for racial/ethnic seminarians

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:00

March 5, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation

LOUISVILLE

The Robert W. Bohl Racial/Ethnic Leadership Program provides a seminarian the opportunity to explore publishing as a ministry by serving for ten weeks in the summer at the office of Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC).  

Presbyterian Association of Musicians Announces Internship Grant Recipients

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:00

March 5, 2015

Presbyterian Association of Musicians

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Association of Musicians announced today the recipients of its first PAM Internship Grants for Churches. 

The long, hard battle against human trafficking

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 07:00

Presbyterians to get an update in D.C.

March 5, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

WASHINGTON, DC

It has been called modern-day slavery and has not only deprived people of their human rights, but is increasing health risks and fueling the growth of organized crime, according to church leaders. One of the issues to take center stage at the upcoming CPJ/ Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference in April will be human trafficking.

Engage deepens understanding of the gospel

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:00

Encourages church leaders to build relationships beyond church

March 4, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

At a recent speaking engagement at the Presbyterian Mission Agency, evangelism coordinator Ray Jones asked a group of church leaders what their hearts were breaking over in their communities.

Historian and theologian tapped to lead Presbyterian Historical Society

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:51

March 4, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards Jackson

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Philadelphia

The Reverend Beth Hessel has been named the new executive director of the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) and director for church records and history for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

“Beth Hessel brings a wonderful combination of a historian and a theologian,” said the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA). “She has an engaging enthusiasm that helps people hear what God has done in our past and what God is calling us to in our future.”

Hessel will be responsible for all operations and programs of the Presbyterian Historical Society, which is based in Philadelphia and tasked with collecting, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the story of American Presbyterianism with mid councils, congregations, and individuals. PHS functions within the PC(USA)’s Office of the General Assembly, led by the Stated Clerk.

Stated Clerk Writes Letter Opposing the Protection of Children Act and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:24

March 4, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

Louisville

Today (March 4), the House Judiciary Committee is holding a mark-up session on two bills that, if passed, would take away crucial protections to unaccompanied children arriving in the United States. The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), wrote this letter to the House in opposition of these dangerous bills.

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