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Respecto a los ancianos y ancianas gobernantes: ministerios ordenados

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 07:00

November 17, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Alyson Janke

Louisville

La conversación en un restaurante: «Kim y Joe, ¿quieren venir a la iglesia con nosotros el domingo por la mañana? Ted y yo vamos a ser ordenados durante el servicio de las 10 am. y nos encantaría tenerlos en el servicio y el compañerismo después». Kim respondió: « ¡Ordenado! Ni uno de ustedes está capacitado como ministro. ¿Qué es todo esto? »

Regarding ruling elders: ordered ministries

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:23

November 17, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Alyson Janke

Louisville

<Korean> <Espaňol> Conversation in a restaurant: “Kim and Joe, would you come to church with us on Sunday morning? Ted and I are both being ordained at the 10 o’clock service and we’d love to have you there for the service and fellowship afterwards.” Kim replied: “Ordained! Neither one of you are trained as ministers. What’s this all about?”

Nashville attorney hired to conduct independent investigation of ‘1001’ controversy

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 14:26

Four Presbyterian Mission Agency staffers placed on paid leave until inquiry completed

November 15, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

Louisville

A prominent Nashville attorney has been hired by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s (PMAB) Executive Committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unauthorized establishment of an independent corporation in southern California. The corporation was designed to benefit the 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

PC(USA) backs ‘Giving Tuesday’

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:00

International movement urges people to remember charity during holiday spending frenzy

November 14, 2014

"Giving Tuesday," a PC(USA) backed effort on Dec. 2 to encourage charitable giving during the holiday season. —PNS file photo

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

“Giving Tuesday” is aglobal day, dedicated to giving back. The “Giving Tuesday” website states: “On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”

The PC(USA), through the Presbyterian Foundation, is making it easy for Presbyterians to participate in “Giving Tuesday.” Simply go to:

https://www.presbyterianmissionexchange.org/coming-soon-giving-Tuesday

Edna Palmer, Presbyterian ecumenist, dies at 97

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:00

84-year Madison Ave. Presbyterian Church member served NCC, WCC

November 14, 2014

Edna Palmer, at her 90th birthday party at the Interchurch Center, 2007. —Courtesy of the NCC

Presbyterian News Service

Philip E. Jenks

National Council of Churches News

NEW YORK

Edna Leigh Dunn Palmer, 97, a lifelong Presbyterian who was one of the ecumenical movement’s most valued and effective behind-the-scenes activists, died in the presence of family and friends November 8 following a stroke. 

New HLPM moderator expresses solidarity with murdered Mexican students

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:00

PC(USA)’s Hispanic Latinos Presbyterian Men hold fifth triennial assembly in Las Vegas in wake of tragedy

November 14, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Jose Luis Casal

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LAS VEGAS, Nev.

After a successful Triennial Assembly here that gathered a crowd of more than 200 participants, the new Executive Committee of Hispanic/Latino Presbyterian Men (HLPM) set their goals for the next three years, affirming their commitment to transform the organization into a meaningful, functional and visible entity in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

General Theological Seminary resolves faculty dispute, but future is unclear

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:09

November 14, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

NEW YORK

The future of the Episcopal Church’s flagship General Theological Seminary remains unclear, even as trustees agreed last week to reinstate most of the faculty who were terminated.

Signs of hope in a nation still healing from brokenness

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:00

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program travel-study seminar in South Africa

November 13, 2014

Matt Gaventa, a member of the Peacemaking Program's travel-study seminar in South Africa, examines the doors of the constitutional court building in Johannesburg. —Courtesy of Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Presbyterian News Service

Jessica L. Hawkinson

Special to Presbyterian News Service

JOHANNESBURG

Two of the most meaningful visits during our time together in Johannesburg were a tour of Constitution Hill and the new Constitutional Court, and a meeting with the Khulumani Support Group. These visits were an opportunity to hear about South Africa’s continued endeavors at peacemaking and reconciliation following the conclusion of official Truth and Reconciliation Commission proceedings. 

U.S., Cuban religious leaders press humanitarian case for prisoners’ release

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:30

November 13, 2014

Pictured (left to right): The Rev. Joel Ortega Dopico, Cuban Council of Churches President; Rabbi Elhanan Sunny Schnitzer Executive Director of the Cuba America Jewish Mission; Elizabeth Palmeiro, wife of “Cuban 5” member Luis Medina; McCullough; René González, “Cuban 5” member freed by the United S —courtesy of Church World Service

Church World Service

Carol Fouke-Mpoyo

Church World Service Communications

NEW YORK

The Rev. John L. McCullough and two fellow religious leaders ― including Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons ― traveled to Cuba recently for the latest in a series of meetings emphasizing the humanitarian reasons for release of American Alan Phillip Gross from prison in Cuba, and of the three members of the “Cuban 5” still in prison in the United States.

North Korea’s release of U.S. prisoners sparks debate on why

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:59

November 13, 2014

Kenneth Bae (left) reunites with his family Nov. 8 after being freed by North Korea. Bae, a missionary from Washington state, was arrested in North Korea in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years hard labor for crimes against the state. —David Ryder/REUTERS

Presbyterian News Service

Miko Morelos

Ecumenical News

GENEVA

The release of American missionary Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd by North Korea was widely welcomed while raising questions about why the reclusive State made the gesture.

North Korea freed two Americans on November 8 after it sentenced them to hard labor in separate and unrelated trials.

But mystery surrounded the release.

Reflections on the Khulumani Support Group

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:00

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program travel-study seminar in South Africa

November 12, 2014

A painting produced as part of an art therapy project the Khulumani Support Group, a South African network of Apartheid survivors and victims. —Courtesy of Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Presbyterian News Service

the Rev. Matthew R. Gaventa

Special to Presbyterian News Service

JOHANNESBURG

The painting is one of dozens produced as part of an art therapy process undertaken by the Khulumani Support Group, a South African network of Apartheid survivors and victims. 

A word of regret and hope from Linda Valentine

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 09:39

Presbyterian Mission Agency executive director speaks about recent events involving 1001 New Worshiping Communities

November 12, 2014

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Linda Valentine

Executive Director

LOUISVILLE

A recent incident involving the Presbyterian Centers for New Church Innovation Inc. (PCNCI) has caused much pain and distrust. It has left lingering questions among supporters of 1001 New Worshiping Communities and the church at large. We at the Presbyterian Mission Agency began this process with similar questions, so I want to share with you some background. 

The Berlin Wall: looking back, looking forward

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 09:00

November 12, 2014

The Church of Reconciliation, cut off from its parishioners by the Berlin Wall, was destroyed in 1985 by the GDR (government of East Germany). —Olga Bandelowa

World Council of Churches

Stephen T. Brown

Special to World Council of Churches News

GENEVA

The opening of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago was one of the most dramatic symbols of the global changes sweeping across the world in 1989. Yet as Konrad Raiser, the former general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), has noted, “the transformations in Europe and in other parts of the world had come so suddenly that neither governments nor the churches were sufficiently prepared for the new situation.”

Why Mark Driscoll’s fall and Mars Hill’s breakup issues a warning for megastar pastors

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 07:00

November 12, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

WASHINGTON

For many mega-churches, a pastor can become larger than the church itself — particularly for multisite churches where the pastor’s sermon is the only thing binding disparate congregations connected by little more than a satellite feed. Before his resignation, the name “Mark Driscoll” was more widely known than “Mars Hill.” The dueling brands sometimes clashed along the way. Some say Driscoll once told staff “I am the brand.”

Be a reconciler in the church

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:27

November 11, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Heath K. Rada

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

Louisville

At a recent meeting of newly elected moderators of presbyteries across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I was asked to share my thoughts concerning ways a person might serve in the role of “reconciler” in a presbytery or church where there were divisions.

Cara a Cara con el llamado de Dios

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:13

November 11, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Eva Stimson

Corresponsal, Oficina de la Asamblea General Louisville

Louisville

Hace treinta años, Kathleen «Katie» Kelly Hopper y su esposo, James Harmon Hopper, encontraron su primer llamado, al ser co pastores de tres pequeñas congregaciones, en un evento de Face to Face; un tipo de  feria laboral Presbiteriana en Dallas.

Los dos estaban en su último año de seminario. «Conducimos desde el Seminario de Austin Seminario», Katie recuerda. «Fue una buena experiencia».

The Rev. John M. Coffin, 85, dies

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:01

Story-telling Texan was pastor, missionary, denominational executive

November 11, 2014

The Rev. John M. Coffin —PNS file photo

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. John M. Coffin, a native Texan and one of the livest wires the Presbyterian Church has ever seen, died Nov. 9 at the medical facilities related to Presbyterian Villages in Austell, Ga., where he lived with his wife, Lou Alice. He was 85 and had struggled with Alzheimers Disease in recent years.

‘Our Challenging Way’

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:30

Office of Theology and Worship releases ‘white paper’ examining the PC(USA)’s actions on ordination standards and the definition of marriage

November 11, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Following a longstanding tradition of speaking to issues in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that touch the basic commitments that shape the church’s shared denominational life, the Office of Theology and Worship has released a ‘white paper’ entitled “Our Challenging Way: Faithfulness, Sex, Ordination and Marriage.”

New Advent Resources from PPC

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:47

November 11, 2014

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, KY

The new Feasting on the Word Advent Companion offers an all-in-one pastor’s companion for Advent. This companion offers an alternative to strict lectionary use for Advent, with six thematically-designed services for the four Sundays in Advent, as well as, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

‘A gift and an offering’

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:00

Peacemaking Program’s travel study seminar to South Africa begins

November 11, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Sabrina I. Slater

Special to Presbyterian News Service

JOHANNESBURG

It’s November 3, the day many of us traveled to Johannesburg. We are twelve and while not the originals, we are disciples.  Jesus said, “Come, follow me” to the disciples and in the next chapter taught, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Mt 5:9a). As called children of God, we arrived safely beginning the 2014 Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s Travel Seminar to South Africa.   

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