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Lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings still need to be applied seven decades later

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:00

August 6, 2014

Hiroshima, Japan, three hours after a U.S. atomic bomb was dropped on it on Aug. 6, 1945, killing between 90,000 and 166,000. An additional 39,000-80,000 died two days later when another a-bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. —Gensuikin

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches News

GENEVA

It was nearly 70 years ago on August 6 and 9, 1945 that the atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These are tragedies that are to be remembered and must never happen again, Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate and acting general secretary of the World Council (WCC), said.

Nursing home evangelism: Preaching at the ‘bus stop to eternity’

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:46

August 6, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

ALEXANDRIA, Va.

Rhonda Rowe and her team gathered around a diagram of the nursing home’s floor plan and determined how to split up to avoid praying with anyone twice.

Rowe made her way to a room where a 93-year-old woman lay in her bed while her 87-year-old roommate sat in a wheelchair. Rowe knelt between them and went through her “Nursing Home Gospel Soul-Winning Script.”

Transforming lives

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:30

A PC(USA) mission letter from Guatemala (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 38-40)

August 5, 2014

Carlos (left) and Jorge in their home outside of Sayaxche, Guatemala. —Richard and Debbie Welch

Presbyterian World Mission

Richard and Debbie Welch

GUATEMALA CITY

Sometimes change is so subtle we don’t notice it until we look back and see how different things have become.

Alex Evans to preach on ‘Day 1’

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:00

Pastor of Richmond’s Second Presbyterian Church is convening director of Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program

August 5, 2014

Alliance for Christian Media

Ethel Ware Carter

ATLANTA

The Rev. Alexander Evans, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Va., is the featured preacher for Sept. 7 and 14 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org. 

Making an elephant dance

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:22

Churches called to new evangelistic paradigm of ‘dynamism and diversity,’ speaker tells multicultural conference

August 5, 2014

Jooseop Keum —Rob Allen

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

FORT WORTH, Texas

Trying to revitalize traditional churches’ mission and evangelism efforts is like trying to make an elephant dance, a renowned global ecumenical leader told the 15th National Multicultural Churches Conference of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Aug. 2 here.

14 years of ecumenical service

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:00

An interview with Setri Nyomi of the World Communion of Reformed Churches

August 4, 2014

the Rev. Setri Nyomi —World Communion of Reformed Churches

World Communion of Reformed Churches

Phil Tanis

HANNOVER, Germany

We talked to the Rev. Setri Nyomi, general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), about his 14 years of service to the organization.

Touring and serving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:30

Moderator’s wife to spend term visiting ministries, seeing church in action

August 4, 2014

Peggy Rada (left) and Amanda Ashcraft, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church’s director of outreach ministries, at the church’s men’s shelter. —Timothy Palmer Curl

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Timothy Palmer Curl

NEW YORK

On Monday, it was an afternoon at the White House, witnessing President Obama sign an executive order protecting federal employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Tuesday, it was the overnight shift in a church-based shelter in New York City, serving coffee and sharing fellowship with 12 homeless men.

The Bible as ‘story of immigrants’

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 08:30

Christians must respond faithfully to immigration issues, speaker tells National Multicultural Church Conference

August 4, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

FORT WORTH, Texas

Christians must understand the biblical story as “the story of immigrants” as they seek to respond faithfully to the immigration issues facing the United States and the world, a noted Latin American theologian told the 15th National Multicultural Church Conference of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) here Aug. 1.

More than 100 religious, immigration activists arrested at White House

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:03

August 4, 2014

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks and Heather Adams

WASHINGTON

More than 100 religious leaders and activists were arrested July 31 in a White House protest aimed at halting deportations and aiding immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

PDA issues appeal for funds to address border crisis

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:00

Money will help churches, mid councils already working on the border

August 1, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

The recent focus in the media and in Washington on unaccompanied children crossing the U.S./Mexico border has highlighted the variety of opinions in the debate about U.S. immigration policy. That variety also exists within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — a fact Presbyterian Disaster Assistance realizes and respects.

A family legacy of mission in Malawi

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:30

August 1, 2014

The Rev. Joe and Lou Hopkins

Presbyterian News Service

Rachel Shussett

PMA communications intern

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.

In 1979, the Rev. Joe Hopkins; his wife, Lou; and their daughter Elaine moved to Malawi to serve as mission volunteers with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Since then, the Hopkins family — grandchildren included — has remained connected to the country.

New York’s historic Jan Hus Church calls Beverly Dempsey

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:30

Former Washington, D.C. pastor starts Sept. 1; New York City Presbytery approves other calls

August 1, 2014

Teaching Elder Beverly Glasure Dempsey

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Jim Nedelka

NEW YORK

On July 26 the Presbytery of New York City affirmed Teaching Elder Beverly Glasure Dempsey’s call to be the 12th pastor of historic Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & Neighborhood House. She will begin Sept. 1.

Survey: Most Americans say U.S. should shelter, not rush to deport, child migrants

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00

August 1, 2014

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON

Most Americans say the waves of children crossing into the United States from Central America are refugees fleeing danger at home. And they say the United States should support these children while reviewing their cases, not deport them immediately.

‘God gets what God wants’

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 19:32

PC(USA)’s National Multicultural Conference opens in Ft. Worth

July 31, 2014

Georgia State legislator Stacey Abrams —Rob Allen, Grace Presbytery

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

FORT WORTH

Danced into the room by a mariachi band, more than 250 Presbyterians gathered in the historic Fort Worth Hilton – where John F. Kennedy spent the last night of his life on Nov. 21, 1963 – for the 15th annual National Multicultural Church Conference of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Lessons from six weeks in Iraqi Kurdistan

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:00

Young adults speak of lessons learned on service trip through New Wilmington Mission Conference

July 31, 2014

New Wilmington Mission Conference's 2014 Summer Service Team —Rachel Shussett

Presbyterian News Service

Rachel Shussett

PMA communications intern

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.

Each summer, the New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC) sends a group of Presbyterian young adults overseas on a mission trip.

Congregations caring for creation

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:00

PC(USA) celebrates 5 years of Earth Care Congregations program, 14 churches honored

July 31, 2014

Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church in Stevens Point, Wis., is one of 14 PC(USA) congregations celebrating five years as an Earth Care Congregation this year. —courtesy Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian News Service

Bethany Daily

LOUISVILLE

Five years after it began, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Earth Care Congregations program is celebrating 14 churches that have demonstrated a commitment to caring for God’s creation.

Columbia Seminary alum develops app to assist those in need

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:28

Bill Jenkins named among Sojourners’ 50 ‘greatest social justice leaders we've never heard of’

July 31, 2014

Bill Jenkins with a Haitian refugee family at Christ Ministry Center in San Diego. —courtesy of Christ Ministry Center

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Michael Thompson

Columbia Theological Seminary Communications

SAN DIEGO

Sojourners recently sought the 50 “Greatest Social Justice Leaders We’ve Never Heard Of” to participate in “The Summit” at Georgetown University. Those leaders included Columbia Theological Seminary graduate Bill Jenkins (D.Min. ’85).

Meet the 2014 Ecumenical Service Recognition recipients

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:22

July 31, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Melissa G. Davis

Coordinator, Ecumenical Resources and Networking

Detroit

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presents the Ecumenical Service Recognition in order to uplift and give public acknowledgement of the service to unity undertaken by Presbyterians and Presbyteries. The Awards are made every other year and presented at the General Assembly at the Stated Clerk’s dinner where our ecumenical guests are officially welcomed by the Stated Clerk and the Moderator of the General Assembly. This year’s dinner was held in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

House and Senate Border and Immigration Bills

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:34

July 31, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Teresa Waggener

The House and Senate are considering bills today that address the funding of this country's response to children arriving at our border and the protections given to them as they seek humanitarian protection in court. In addition the House is considering a bill that would limit the administrations ability to extend deferred action from deportation to a larger group of persons. Please read below about each of these proposals and discern your response and call today.

Ukrainian students’ views

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:00

A PC(USA) mission letter from Lithuania (2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 313)

July 30, 2014

Iryna Sychyk with her parents at graduation. —courtesy World Mission

Presbyterian World Mission

Eric and Becky Hinderliter

PC(USA) mission co-workers

KLAIPĖDA, Lithuania

Ukraine is much on our minds.  As we hear from you, we know that the U.S. media carries a bewildering number of stories of what is happening in Ukraine — and what these complex geopolitical events might mean for the future.

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