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WCC announces interfaith summit on climate change

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:00

Religious leaders to encourage international, political leaders to take action at September meeting

July 16, 2014

World Council of Churches

GENEVA

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will hold an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change Sept. 21-22 in New York City. At the summit, organized together with Religions for Peace, more than 30 religious leaders will take a united stand to encourage international and political leaders to concretely address the causes and consequences of climate change.

Stated Clerk issues statement on Gaza crisis

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:15

July 16, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Christians, Jews, and Muslims are all commanded by God to love God and our neighbor with our whole lives. Yet in the cradle of all three of these faiths, The death toll continues to rise.  Palestinian and Israeli fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children weep for those dear to them. This particular chain of events, another tragic evidence of the impact of the illegal Israeli occupation, began with the unjustifiable murder of three Israeli youth by Palestinians, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel.  The Israeli Military unjustifiably killed five Palestinians in pursuit of their ...

Church of England approves women bishops in historic vote

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:14

July 16, 2014

Religion News Service

Trevor Grundy and Fredrick Nzwili

CANTERBURY, England

After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, on July 14 the General Synod of the Church of England said “yes” to women bishops.

The beginning of a dialogue - Korean

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:25

July 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Heath Rada

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

히쓰 K. 레이다 (Heath K. Rada)

제 221차 미국 장로교 총회가 8일 동안의 심의와 예배와 투표를 한 후 6월 21일에 폐회했고, 많은 결정들이 내려졌습니다. 보통 이것은 질문들에 대해 대답이 주어졌다는 것을 의미합니다. 하지만, 개혁되고 있는 교회에서, 그러한 결정들은 단지 오늘날 우리 교단이 직면하고 있는 이슈들의 일부를 눈에 띄게 하도록 도와주었을 뿐이라는 것을 발견하게 됩니다. 물론 우리는 많은 문제들과 관련하여 무엇을 해야할지에 대한 방향들을 잡았습니다. 하지만 많은 질문들이 풀리는 대신에 오히려 많은 질문들이 제기되었습니다.

나는 하고 싶은 질문들을 갖고 있으며, 여러분들 중 많은 분들도 그렇다는 것을 표현하였습니다. 내가 2년 임기의 총회장직을 맡으면서 지난 여러 주들에 걸쳐 받은 몇몇 질문들을 여러분과 나누기 ...

Board of Pensions welcomes new president, Frank Spencer

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:00

Affiliated Benefits Plan dues to rise 3%; investments return 4.1% YTD

July 15, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

Susan Reimann, Board of Pensions

LOUISVILLE

A new chapter in the life of the Board of Pensions (BOP) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) began in Philadelphia last week as the board welcomed its new president ― Frank C. Spencer ― and 10 new board members.

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation to place older hymnals out of print

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:00

1990 hymnals available for purchase while supplies last

July 15, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

With the September 2013 publication of the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation will soon place all former Presbyterian hymnals out of print.

사역 장로에 관하여: 사역을 위해 무장되다

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:31

July 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

프랭크 제임스(Frank James)

Louisville

사역 장로로 섬기겠다고 동의하는 사람들은 다양한 이유들을 가지고 있지만, 그 이유들이 항상 영적인 것은 아니다. 나 또한 올바른 이유를 가지고 거기에 동의했다고 분명하게 말할 수는 없다. 사실, 나는 깊은 숙고를 한 후에 결정을 내린 것 같지 않다. 군대 장교로서의 훈련과 경험으로 인해, 나는 보통 결정을 빨리 내린다. 나는 내 아내를 만난 지 3개월만에 결혼을 했다. 내가 베트남에서의 복무로 인해 그녀를 만나지 못했던 1년을 계산하지 않는다면 말이다.

Regarding Ruling Elders: Equipped for Ministry

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:16

July 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Frank S. James

Louisville

[Korean] People have various reasons, not always spiritual, for agreeing to serve as ruling elders, and I cannot say definitively that I said yes for the right reason. In fact, it may not have been a considered decision. With my training and experience as an Army officer, I usually make fast decisions. I was married three months after I met my wife, if we don't count the one-year gap in the relationship caused by a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Major themes of the Belhar Confession explored in Being Reformed study

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:02

Presbyteries to vote on confession’s inclusion in the PC(USA) Book of Confessions

July 15, 2014

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff, Associate for Promotions

Louisville

Explore what it means to be a confessional church and to meet and confess our faith in the face of racism in its various forms with Being Reformed: The Confession of Belhar.

Border crisis inspires new Carolyn Winfrey Gillette hymn

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:50

‘The Children Come’ borne of Honduras mission trips

July 15, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

Renowned Presbyterian hymn-writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has penned a new hymn ― “The Children Come” ― in response to the flood of unaccompanied children from Central America across the U.S. border in recent months due to escalating violence of all kinds.

Churches to continue their “pilgrimage of justice and peace” in the world

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:30

World Council of Churches’ Central Committee concludes meeting after discussing issues facing global Church

July 14, 2014

World Council of Churches

GENEVA

Inspired by the theme “pilgrimage of justice and peace,” the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has set directions for the work of the Council from 2014 to 2017.

Pan Asian Conference addresses changing landscape, leadership

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:00

July 14, 2014

Frank Yamada speaks to participants during the Pan Asian English Ministry Pastors Conference. —courtesy Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries

Kristena Morse

communications strategist

LOUISVILLE

Dramatic shifts in demographics and generational trends are changing the landscape in the church, capturing the attention of Asian English ministry pastors at the first-ever Pan Asian English Ministry Pastors Conference in June, sponsored by Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries.

Religious leaders petition Congress to support immigrant children

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:25

July 14, 2014

Religion News Service

Heather Adams

WASHINGTON

Religious leaders urged President Obama and Congress to provide funding for legal assistance to unaccompanied migrant children who are in U.S. custody after fleeing violence, murder and extortion abroad.

Stated Clerk Asks President to Honor Protections Afforded to Children

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:37

July 11, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Louisville

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, wrote a letter to the President of the United States expressing concern for the protection of unaccompanied children. 

General Assembly offering yields $13,500 for ministries in Detroit, around the world

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:30

Five recipients ‘abound in hope,’ outgoing moderator says

July 11, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

Worshipers at the 221st General Assembly’s opening worship last month in Detroit gave more than $13,500 to ministries both local and global. 

Ghost Ranch event to focus on wilderness spirituality

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:30

Presbyterian theologian Belden Lane to explore life lessons from other leaders

July 11, 2014

Ghost Ranch

contact: Becky A. Chamberlain

505-685-1000, x4156

ABIQUIU, N.M.

Presbyterian theologian Belden Lane’s newest book, Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice, will be released this fall by Oxford University Press. For those who can’t wait, Lane will lead a program at Ghost Ranch Aug. 25-31 featuring themes from his upcoming book.

Jinishian Memorial Program Praises PC(USA) Action Commemorating Armenian Genocide

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:46

July 11, 2014

Jinishian Memorial Program

Cara Taylor

July 11, 2014

On June 20, in Detroit, Michigan, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to recognize the Armenian Genocide, urging congregations to commemorate its centennial in 2015, and directing church leadership to call upon the United States President and Congress to condemn the acts as genocide as well.

Forget Republican or Democrat: Americans divide by their values

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:00

July 11, 2014

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON

Toss out the party and ideology labels: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal.

Religious giving: not yet reviving

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:00

Post-recession giving to churches not keeping pace with overall charitable contributions

July 10, 2014

Giving USA 2014

Richard Clark

INDIANAPOLIS

Charitable giving last year (2013) continued a four-year climb from recession lows recorded in 2009. The cumulative gains amount to 22 percent in today’s dollars and 12.3 percent when adjusted for inflation.

Building God’s beloved community

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:00

Rhashell Hunter preaches at Montreat, urges PC(USA) to grow in diversity

July 10, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

communications associate

MONTREAT, N.C.

In a message that was at once encouraging and provocative, the Rev. Rhashell D. Hunter, director of Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, challenged worshipers at Montreat Conference Center’s summer Sunday worship series to do their part to grow the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in diversity.

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