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Women leaders in African churches reflect on HIV/AIDS

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:00

July 10, 2014

World Council of Churches

NAIROBI

Early struggles in developing a response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic were remembered by African women church leaders who gathered here June 23 to celebrate more than 30 years of their Christian ministry in the churches of their region.

PC(USA)’s J. Herbert Nelson criticizes Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:00

Limiting workers’ collective bargaining rights is ‘a step backward,’ Nelson says

July 9, 2014

Office of Public Witness

WASHINGTON

The Reverend J. Herbert Nelson II, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC, expressed disappointment June 30 with the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Harris v. Quinn case.

비 동반 어린이들의 위기에 대한 미국 장로교의 반응

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:35

July 9, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Louisville

수천 명의 비 동반 어린이들이 온두라스와 과테말라와 엘 살바도르에서 도망치고 있다.  많은 어린이들이 미국에 도착하고 있으며, 회계 년도 말까지 60,000명 이상의 어린이들이 미국에 도착할 것으로 예상된다. 대통령은 이 상황을 인도주의적 위기라고 말했다. 연방 정부 기관들, 국토 안보부, 난민 재정착 부서를 통한 보건 복지부는 이러한 필요에 응답하기 위해 서로 협력하며 수고하고 있다. 

J. William Straughan, Jr. to preach at Montreat

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:00

July 13 speaker is expert on theology of stewardship

July 9, 2014

the Rev. J. William Straughan

Montreat Conference Center

Lauren Mathews

MONTREAT, N.C.

As part of its Summer Services for the Lord’s Day, Montreat welcomes long-time friend and colleague, the Rev. J. William Straughan, as guest preacher on Sunday, July 13, at 10:30 am in Anderson Auditorium.

Republicans woo evangelical base in bid to recapture the Senate

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:14

July 9, 2014

Religion News Service

David Gibson

WASHINGTON

The Republican National Committee on June 27 launched its first web-based effort to rally conservative believers behind the party, a sign of how crucial voter turnout will be in this fall’s close-fought midterm elections and an indication that the GOP cannot take its evangelical Christian base for granted.

No more monoculture

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:30

Multicultural church conference seeks ‘intentional diversity’

July 8, 2014

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Emily Enders Odom

communications associate

When hundreds of Presbyterians gather in Ft. Worth, Texas, from July 31-Aug. 3 for the National Multicultural Church Conference, they will experience in — and with — each other a foretaste of the Biblical vision of a united community, which welcomes, celebrates and incorporates God’s people of all cultures and languages in one place.

Joy, sorrow, pain held together in Presbyterian identity

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:00

First-call pastor helps ‘church that stays’ discover God is ‘bigger than what they’d heard about’

July 8, 2014

Emily Chudy welcomes new children and families into life at Central Presbyterian through the sacrament of baptism. —Central Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Paul Seebeck

Communications Strategist

LOUISVILLE

Princeton Seminary graduate Emily Chudy remembers her deep disappointment.

“I’d expected a call,” she says. Rejected — she’d been one of two finalists for her first ministerial job — she sat in her dorm praying, “God, here is your servant; your will be done.”

PC(USA)’s J. Herbert Nelson criticizes ‘Hobby Lobby’ decision

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:00

Access to contraception is ‘human right,’ Office of Public Witness head says

July 7, 2014

Office of Public Witness

WASHINGTON

The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of Public Witness, has expressed dismay at the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. 

New, approved translation of the Heidelberg Catechism explored in Being Reformed study

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:41

Translation approved for inclusion in the PC(USA) Book of Confessions

July 7, 2014

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff, Associate for Promotions

Louisville

The Being Reformed study The Heidelberg Catechism provides an in-depth look at the new translation of the catechism recently approved for inclusion in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Confessions.

‘You don't all have to be the same’

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:00

July 7, 2014

Young Adult stewards help facilitate meetings of the World Council of Churches. —World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches

GENEVA

When Annette Potgieter, a 26-year-old theology student from South Africa, saw a Facebook post about serving as a steward for the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee meeting, she decided to apply.

The beginning of a dialogue

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:39

July 7, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Heath Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014)

The 221st General Assembly (2014) of our church adjourned on June 21 after eight days of deliberations, worship, and voting. Many decisions were made, which usually means answers to questions were settled. However, in our Reforming church, we find that the decisions only helped to highlight some of the issues that face our denomination today. Certainly we received directions on what we should do in regard to many matters, but many questions were raised instead of solved.

I have my own questions, and a number of you have expressed your own. As I enter my two years of service as ...

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Response to Unaccompanied Children Crisis

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:41

July 7, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are fleeing Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Many are arriving in the United States where it is expected that this nation will receive more than 60,000 children at the end of the fiscal year. The president has called the situation a humanitarian crisis. The federal agencies, Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services through the Office of Refugee Resettlement, are racing in a collaborative relay to answer the need.

Vatican confronts shifting landscape on family issues

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 07:00

July 7, 2014

Religion News Service

Josephine McKenna

Faced with a cultural landscape that’s shifting faster than the church’s ability to keep up, Catholic bishops are looking for new approaches toward unmarried couples, divorced people and single parents who are disillusioned with the church.

A cry for peace and end to violence

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:11

July 3, 2014

Louisville

Too much death. Too much violence. One more young life taken. We grieve the news that a Palestinian teenager has been abducted and found dead in Jerusalem. The church condemns the actions of those responsible for this death and for all acts of violence.

Chief WCC governing body begins its meeting in Geneva

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:00

July 3, 2014

The World Council of Churches’ Central Committee is meeting July 2-9 in Geneva. —World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches

GENEVA

The first full meeting of the new Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a chief governing body of the Council, began on July 2 at the Ecumenical Center here.

Book on history of Presbyterian Border Ministry released

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:00

Tome coincides with 30th anniversary of U.S.-Mexico work

July 3, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Presbyterian Border Ministry (PBM) along the U.S.-Mexico border, Parrish Jones ― a Presbyterian minister in Jasper, Florida ― has published Presbyterians on the Frontier: A Story of Presbyterian Border Ministry 1984 to 2014

Turning church right side up

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:59

From ‘bursting at seams and getting saved’ to doing ministry beyond church walls

July 2, 2014

Image of actual bridge in Honduras, after Hurricane Mitch moved the river, is powerful image to illustrate how cultural storms have moved church away from people it was designed to serve —Vincent J. Musi

Evangelism and Church Growth

Paul Seebeck, Communications Strategist

Covenant Presbyterian Church near Los Angeles International Airport is one of many congregations trying to figure out how to do church in the 21st century.

 

Storms and dawns

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:00

Latinos/Hispanics pastoral letter: ‘We prefer to bet on the love of Jesus’

July 2, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Jose Luis Casal

MIDLAND, Texas

Ninety-two Latinos/Hispanic leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) sent a letter to their communities in the United States and sister churches in Latin America about the decisions taken by the 221 General Assembly which met in Detroit June 14-21.

Five takeaways from the Hobby Lobby case

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:00

July 2, 2014

Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe and Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON

Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year.

July 2014 - Tangled - Korean

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:58

July 2, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

고인이 된 마야 앤젤루 (Maya Angelou)는 “나는 사람들이 다음의 세 가지를 다루는 방법(들)에 의해 당신이 그들에 관해 많을 것을 알 수 있다는 것을 배웠다”고 말했을 때 사람들에 대한 귀한 통찰력을 보여주었다. 그 세 가지는 비오는 날, 분실된 짐, 뒤얽힌 크리스마스 트리 조명장식이다. 나는 그러한 상황들에 처했던 나의 모습을 그녀가 보지 않았기를 바란다.

성경에는 인생을 잘 처리하지 못하는 사람들에 대한 온갖 이야기들이 등장한다. 광야에서의 불평, 누가 먼저냐고 논쟁하는 제자들, 그리고 음식 문제로 베드로에게 투덜거린 바울은 그 중 몇 가지 실례들이다. 내가 가장 좋아하는 실례는 누가복음 9장에 나온다.

그 장은 제자이 치유하는 능력을 받아 둘찍 짝을 지어 마을들로 ...

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