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Korean church in Boston hosts concert to support Syrian refugees

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 08:00

Funds will assist Presbyterian Disaster Assistance efforts

December 15, 2015

The Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra performs a fundraising concert at the Korean Church of Boston, PC(USA). —Jackie Chon

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Korean Church of Boston recently held a unique fundraiser to assist Presbyterian Disaster Assistance efforts to help Syrian refugees. The church hosted a benefit concert in collaboration with the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra and several community sponsors.

En cuanto a los/as ancianos/as gobernantes: ancianos/as gobernantes y tesoreros/as

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 07:02

December 15, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Ted McCulloch

Louisville

Allá en los días en que los circos recorrían la nación, uno de los actos secundarios era el de un hombre fuerte que demostraba su poder ante una gran audiencia. Al final, él apretaba un limón entre sus manos, sacándole el jugo. Luego decía a la audiencia: "Le ofrezco $200 a cualquier persona en la audiencia que pueda exprimir una gota adicional de este limón.

사역 장로에 관하여: 사역 장로와 회계 (Treasurers)

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 06:58

December 15, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Ted McCulloch

Louisville

서커스단이 여기 저기 돌아다니던 과거에, 건장한 사내가 관객들 앞에 나와 그들을 즐겁게 하면서 자기 힘을 과시했다. 그는 자기 쇼를 끝마칠 무렵에 자기 손으로 레몬을 짖눌러 쥬스를 짜냈다. 그리고 관객들을 향해 “이 레몬으로부터 한 방울이라도 더 짜낼 수 있는 사람이 있으면 내가 200달러를 주겠습니다”라고 말했다.

Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and treasurers

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 06:51

December 15, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Ted McCulloch

Louisville

<한국의> <Espaňol> Back in the days when circuses traveled the land, there was a strongman as one of the sideshow acts that would demonstrate his power before a large audience. Toward the end, he squeezed the juice from a lemon between his hands. He then said to the audience, “I will offer $200 to anyone in the audience who can squeeze another drop from this lemon.”

Christmas Joy Offering: Blessed to become a blessing

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 11:23

PC(USA) collects offering to help church's past, present and future leaders

December 14, 2015

The Rev. Nikki Cooley and Sharon Connole-Key at First Presbyterian Church in Liberty, Missouri. —Photo courtesy Nikki Cooley

Presbyterian News Service

Melody Smith

LOUISVILLE

Helping our fellow humans improves the health, happiness and often the longevity of those who volunteer. However, the blessing can work both ways, as Sharon Connole-Key can attest as both a recipient of and donor to the Christmas Joy Offering.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance documentary ‘Trigger’ available for screenings

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 06:00

Award-winning 2012 film focuses on gun violence and community response

December 14, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Scott O'Neill

LOUISVILLE

The statistics are staggering: 48 children and teens are shot in murders, assaults and other gun-related interventions every day in the United States. Include adults, and that number shoots up to 300 per day of which approximately 90 will die. The numbers equate to more than 2,600 kids and 32,000 people dying annually from gun violence. While recent mass shooting events in San Bernardino, California, and Umpqua Community College in Oregon garner the media’s attention, the numbers suggest a systemic problem that extends well beyond the sensational events that polarize advocates on both sides of the gun debate. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s “Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence,” is a documentary film that congregations or groups can screen to their constituents in order to create awareness and discussion around individuals and communities affected by gun violence.

What would Jesus do? - Korean

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 14:11

December 11, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Heath K. Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly

예수님이라면 어떻게 것인가?

여러 해 동안 나는 종교와 양심의 자유를 위해  섬기는 비 영리 기관—the Council for America’ First Freedom--의 이사회를 섬길 수 있는 특권을 가졌다. 미국 시민으로서, 나는 다양한 신앙 공동체들을 대표하는 사람들, 그리고 우리 사회가 지속되고 생존하는데 필수적인 적절한 방식들로 이러한 기초적인 자유가 보장되도록 우리 시민들을 안심시키기 위해 노력하는 사람들과 함께 섬길 수 있어서 감사했다.

우리는 이 나라를 사랑하는 사람들로서 모든 신앙, 민족, 혹은 교의를 지닌 사람들을 위한 평화롭고 안전한 환경을 보장하기 위해 힘쓰면서 우리가 믿는바 대로 예배하기 위해 우리가 지니는 특권을 공유한 기독교인과 유대인, 그리고 모슬렘과 불교인들이었다.

기독교인인 나는 우리가 화평케 하는 자들이 되는 것이 ...

미국 장로교 정서기가 트럼프 (Trump)의 교회 회원 자격에 대한 질문들에 반응하다

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 09:52

December 11, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

도날드 트럼프가 미국 장로교에서 세례를 받은 것은 사실이다. 하지만, 트럼프가 현재 어느 지역 교회에서 회원권을 지니고 있는지에 대해서는 실제적인 증거가 없다. 따라서, 그의 회원 자격을 박탈하기 위해 필요한 징계 과정이 필요하지 않다. 

PC(USA) Stated Clerk responds to questions on Trump’s membership

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 09:27

December 11, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

<한국의> It is a fact that Donald Trump was baptized in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). However, there is no factual evidence that Mr. Trump currently holds membership in any local congregation. Therefore, the discipline process that would be necessary to remove him from membership is not applicable.

PMA Leadership Cabinet recommends elimination of 2016 salary increases

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 07:30

Action will save $500K if approved, 2016 reductions in force still anticipated

December 11, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

In its ongoing efforts to set the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) on secure financial footing and minimize—although not entirely eliminate—anticipated reductions in force, the PMA Human Resources office recommended and the Leadership Cabinet approved on Dec. 7 to recommend to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) that there be no salary increases for Presbyterian Mission Agency staff in 2016.

From refugee to teacher

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 07:00

Presbyterians help Liberian man found the first school in the isolated region of Twarbo in post-war Liberia

December 11, 2015

The last day of the school year at Dougbe River Presbyterian School, the first in the isolated region of Twarbo in post-war Liberia —Courtesy of Kelly Boyer Sagert

Presbyterians Today

Kelly Boyer Sagert

LOUISVILLE

Isaac Monah’s formative years didn’t look like those of a school planter. Yet, this former refugee has become the passionate driving force behind Dougbe River Presbyterian School, the first school in the isolated region of Twarbo in post-war Liberia.

In 1989, civil war erupted. Monah’s home was destroyed, his younger brother killed. The following year, Monah fled to the Ivory Coast, where he helped an American anthropology student track monkeys in the jungle. When their conversation turned to faith, Monah shared that he hadn’t even heard of the word “Presbyterian.” But he memorized this new sound.

What would Jesus do?

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 15:22

December 10, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Heath K. Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly

For a number of years it was my privilege to serve on the board of the Council for America’s First Freedom. As an American citizen I was grateful to sit with women and men who represented a variety of different faiths and sought ways to assure our citizens that this basic foundational freedom would be executed in appropriate ways that are essential for our society to continue and survive.

Sweaty Sheep sponsors Pedaling Pilgrimage to the 222nd General Assembly

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 14:36

December 10, 2015

News Release

By Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

In June, hundreds of Presbyterians will be climbing into airplanes, cars, or buses bound to Portland, Oregon, for the 222nd General Assembly (2016). But one group of assembly-goers will be traveling to Portland in a more unconventional way—on bicycles.

Christmas story kicks off 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 12:47

Opening night ‘go and see’ theme based on Luke’s nativity narrative

December 10, 2015

2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium production and worship team leaders preparing for the ‘GO’ theme which will challenge young people to embark on the worthy adventure of following Jesus right now, in their homes, schools, churches and communities. —Andrew Yeager-Buckley

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

It’s not exactly Christmas in July, but the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium opening night theme is based on a passage in the gospel of Luke that is traditionally read at Christmas Eve worship services, around the country. An anticipated 5,000 Presbyterian youth attending the 2016 Triennium July 19-23 are invited to consider again the Christmas story of shepherds terrified in their fields, when an angel of the Lord comes to visit them.

North Carolina strawberries help provide quality education for children in South Sudan

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 11:37

Presbyterian church’s scholarship program supports teacher training

December 10, 2015

Strawberries grown by Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, to support scholarships at Yei Teacher Training College in South Sudan. —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

Many residents of Raleigh, North Carolina, will be offering their guests fresh strawberries while entertaining family and friends this holiday season. But their guests may be surprised to learn the fruit they are enjoying was actually grown outdoors—in North Carolina. The homegrown strawberries are part of an early-December fundraising project by Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. 

PC(USA) seminary presidents unite in appeal to end climate of fear, distrust

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:41

Letter gains signatories asking to reaffirm ‘Christian commitments’

December 10, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

In response to recent inflammatory statements made by politicians, T. Erskine Clarke, editor and publisher at the Journal for Preachers and professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, has issued a letter appealing Christian to “seek to be agents of God’s justice and reconciliation in the world.”

Choose welcome - Korean

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 09:07

December 9, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

내가 성인이 된 이후로 크리스마스를 집에서 보내 본 적은 한 손으로 셀 수 있을 정도로 많지 않다. 우리는 그 날을 조부모들 및 다른 가족들과 함께 보냈다. 아마존이라는 회사가 생기기 전에, 우리는 선물을 짐들 사이에 숨겨 놓았고, 크리마스 절기의 시간들을 요셉과 마리아처럼 길에서 보냈다. 하지만 나는 크리마스 절기가 끝나면 내 침대가 나를 환영해 줄 것이라는 것을 알고 있었다.

Líderes Presbiterianos eleven sus oraciones por San Bernardino

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 08:57

December 9, 2015

News Release

Como seguidores de Jesucristo, elevamos nuestras oraciones por las pérdidas de las familias de San Bernardino. Oramos por la recuperación en cuerpo y en espíritu para aquellas personas que fueron heridas. Movemos la cabeza con incredulidad y desesperación cuando el dos de diciembre ocurrieron dos tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos, en un año con un número récord de tiroteos masivos.

En los próximos días habrá un análisis de las razones del porqué  una joven pareja abandonó a su hija de seis meses de edad y llevo a cabo tal ...

New ‘Being Reformed’ study addresses topics of grace and gratitude

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 06:00

Resource helps PC(USA) focus on the heart of Reformed faith, life, worship and identity

December 9, 2015

‘Grace and Gratitude’ author Charles Wiley III presenting at Big Tent 2015. —Taylor Gash for Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

A new Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding study for adults explores two important aspects of Reformed and Presbyterian identity and conviction, “Grace and Gratitude." 

Faith leaders join U.S. Senators in call to accept refugees

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 17:30

Gradye Parsons adds voice to those seeking to ‘choose welcome’

December 8, 2015

The Rev. Gradye Parsons speaks at a press conference concerning welcome of refugees with other religious leaders and U.S. Senators. —Photo courtesy Church & Society UMC via Twitter

Megan Cagle, Church World Service

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Additional reporting by Gregg Brekke

WASHINGTON, D.C.

In the wake of the tragic attacks in Paris and more recently in San Bernardino, Calif., many have been quick to point fingers and place blame on refugee families fleeing horrific violence in Syria and other countries. In reaction to the ugly, xenophobic rhetoric heard on the campaign trail and attempts in Congress to restrict the resettlement of refugees in the U.S., a coalition of national faith leaders from across the religious spectrum joined Senators Leahy (D-VT), Durbin (D-IL) and Kaine (D-VA) to call for an end to incendiary and divisive remarks.

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