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Severance pay

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:00

Researcher chronicles contributions of Presbyterian benefactor to growth of modern medicine in Korea

October 9, 2014

Severance Hospital, founded in 1885 by Presbyterian missionaries, as it looks today. —PNS file photo

Presbyterian News Service

Song Nai Rhee

Special to Presbyterian News Service

EUGENE, Ore.

Korea’s medical modernization began with brave and self-sacrificing American medical missionaries of the PC(USA), including Drs. Horace Allen, John Heron, Oliver Avison (originally from Canada), Cadwallader Vinton and Lillias Horton Underwood, beginning in 1884. Their work was financed by Louis Henry Severance, a wealthy Presbyterian in Cleveland.

North American participants lay groundwork for a 2015 consultation on evangelism

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:00

October 9, 2014

Participants in a WCC meeting on evangelism in Atlanta. Eric Hoey of the PC(USA) is second row, left. —WCC photo

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches News

ATLANTA

Evangelism in new contexts was the focus of a meeting here last involving the World Council of Churches (WCC) and North American councils of churches. The meeting’s primary objective was to set the agenda for a larger consultation on evangelism in North America, slated before the end of 2015.

Pakistan’s emergencies require action before problems grow

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00

October 9, 2014

Church World Service

from Church World Service Communications

NEW YORK

Church World Service is calling for increased assistance to 1.7 million people in Pakistan who are coping with losing homes, livelihoods, access to food and clean water following devastating floods, before a lack of assistance creates more complex challenges.

Doris J. García Rivera installed as president of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:30

Accomplished Bible and science scholar is seminary’s first woman president

October 8, 2014

Doris J. Garcia Rivera, new president of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, the first woman to hold that position. —Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

The Board of Directors of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico (ESPR) has elected the Rev. Doris J. García Riveraas the school’s president. She assumed office August 1 and was installed on Sept. 28 ― first woman to hold the position.

Presbyterian Peacemaker undeterred by roadblocks

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:00

‘Peace is reconciliation, reconciliation is a process,’ says Madagascar pastor

October 8, 2014

The Rev. Lala Haja Rasendrahasina, international peacemaker from Madagascar. —Jim Nedelka

Presbyterian News Service

Jim Nedelka

Special to Presbyterian News Service

NEW YORK

On this sunny Monday afternoon (Sept. 22), the Rev. Lala Haja Rasendrahasina, denominational head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Madagascar (FJKM) and one of a dozen members of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s 2014 cohort of International Peacemakers, finds himself sitting in a small office inside the headquarters of the Presbytery of New York City, located near the Hudson River.

Methodists resolve gay marriage complaint against 36 pastors without a trial

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:44

October 8, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

WASHINGTON

United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a gay wedding without taking the case to trial.

Emphasis on empathy

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:00

International peacemaker from Jamaica says peacemaking requires a ‘willingness to journey with the other person’

October 7, 2014

Nicole Asherwood, International Peacemaker from Jamaica —Joe Williams

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Pat Cole

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

An interview with Nicole Asherwood,  International Peacemaker from Jamaica.

Kneeling in prayer

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:04

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders head to the Middle East to support churches amid crisis

October 7, 2014

Heath Rada with Nicodemus Daoud Matti SHARAF, the bishop of Syriac Orthodox, overseeing churches in Mosul, Kirkuk and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Special to Presbyterian News Service

BEIRUT

It was a scene that will not soon be forgotten: Presbyterian leaders kneeling in prayer alongside Christian partners in the Middle East. They spoke slowly, painfully, to God of a mounting crisis that has enveloped the people of Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Heads bowed together, they called out for healing and hope.

Led by Heath Rada, the newly-elected moderator of the  General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the visit is a direct response to the 221st General Assembly (2014) and its call on the church to direct its attention to the “maltreatment, sectarian violence, and the persecution in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Palestine, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, and other parts of the world.” 

Brand New Resources Available in the Feasting on the Word Family

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:36

October 7, 2014

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, Kentucky

The twelve-volume Feasting on the Word commentary series is one of the most extensive and well-respected resources for preaching on the market today. Now, new resources from the Feasting brand offer tools for preaching from the Gospels, preaching during Advent and Lent, preaching to children, and preparing for worship.

Longtime Presbyterian leader George Conn dies after brief illness

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:41

Virginian served as pastor, military chaplain, campus minister, higher education executive

October 7, 2014

George M. Conn Jr. —PNS file photo

Presbyterian News Service

Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. George M. Conn Jr., who during an illustrious career in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) never failed to charm with a ready smile and/or a bad joke, died peacefully at home here Oct. 4, surrounded by his family and a chorus of laughter, tears and hymns of praise. He had been fighting a brief but intense battle with cancer.

Practicing hospitality in an inhospitable place

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 18:18

October 6, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Heath K. Rada

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

Lebanon has received a flood of refugees from neighboring Syria and Iraq that dwarfs the “border crisis” in the United States. Lebanon is a country of 4 million inhabitants; in the last three years, they have absorbed an additional 1.5 million refugees from Syria and 750,000 refugees from Iraq. This has increased the population of the country, smaller than the state of Connecticut, by 50 percent. Obviously this puts an enormous strain on the resources of a country that has had its own share of challenges, including a 15-year civil war that just ended in 1990, a series of terrorist attacks and suicide bombings, and attacks and occupation by neighboring Israel on and off over the last 20 years.

Call to end conflict

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:00

International Peacemaker from the Philippines stresses need to resume peace talks in her country

October 6, 2014

The Rev. Irma Mepico Balaba, International Peacemaker from the Philippines —Joe Williams

Presbyterian News Service

Pat Cole

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

An interview with the Rev. Irma Mepico Balaba, International Peacemaker from the Philippines.

Company of New Pastors announces second Conversation on Pastoral Formation

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:00

Joe Small to speak at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on Oct. 23

October 6, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

GREENSBORO, N.C.

Building upon the momentum and success of its inaugural Conversation on Pastoral Formation on Sept. 25, the Company of New Pastors (CNP) has announced details of the second event in its ongoing series designed to expand the reach and scope of the popular transition-into-ministry program.

Many church choirs are dying. Here’s why

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:32

October 6, 2014

Religion News Service

Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON

The newly released National Congregations Study finds church choirs are on the downbeat in white Protestant churches across the theological spectrum.

Presbyterians called to pray for peace and justice in Hong Kong

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:32

PC(USA) supports Hong Kong Christian Council statement

October 3, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

from Mark Koenig

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

NEW YORK

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins our partners in the Hong Kong Christian Council in deep concern for peace and justice for the people of Hong Kong. 

Journeying together

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:25

October 3, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), reflects on the gifts Korean Presbyterians bring to the life of the PC(USA), and shares his hope for an ongoing journey together in ministry.

Waging heavy peace

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:00

Churches mediating peace but need support from U.S. partners on human rights advocacy, South Sudan International Peacemaker says

October 3, 2014

The Rev. James Koung Ninrew Dong, International Peacemaker from South Sudan —Joe Williams

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

An interview with the Rev. James Koung Ninrew Dong, International Peacemaker from South Sudan.

David Lewicki to preach on ‘Day 1’

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:30

Radio program features co-pastor of North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ga.

October 3, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Ethel Ware Carter

Alliance for Christian Media

ATLANTA

The Rev. David Lewicki, co-pastor of North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ga., is the featured preacher Oct. 26 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org

Tensions at Episcopal Church's oldest seminary reflect larger crisis in future of theology schools

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:34

October 3, 2014

Religion News Service

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

NEW YORK

Nearly the entire full-time faculty at the Episcopal Church's oldest seminary is battling with the school's leadership, although neither side agrees whether the professors quit, were fired or staged a walkout.

 

Reformed family called to ‘pray globally’ as it marks special days - Korean

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:05

October 3, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

개혁 교회가 특정한 날들을 기념하는 이 때에 함께 세계를 위해 기도하자

10월에는 세계 성만찬 주일 (World Communion Sunday), 종교 개혁 주일 (Reformation Sunday), 그리고 모든 성인의 날 (All Saints Day)이 포함되어 있다. 종교 개혁이 단순히 개혁 교회에 관한 것만은 아니지만, 몇몇 우리 개혁 교회들이 세상에서 행하고 있는 것들을 여기에서 잠시 나누고 싶다.

헝가리 개혁 교회는 우크라이나 남부에 있는 그들의 이웃을 돕고 있다. 우크라이나의 서브 카르파티아 개혁 교회에는 약 140,000의 성도들이 있다. 전쟁으로 인해 그들의 상황은 훨씬 더 위험해졌다.

남부 수단 장로교회는 내란으로 인해 계속해서 희생을 당하고 있다. 교회는 그 나라를 세우는데 있어서 지도적인 역할을 감당했었다. 하지만 지금은 그 ...

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