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Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois experiments with Small Church Residency Program

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:45

Chicken ‘n dumplings, homemade ice cream, 3-point parishes and other ‘firsts’

June 9, 2015

Nathan Mochizuki —Dilu Nicholas

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

If the early Israelites journeyed to Egypt in search of sustenance and opportunity, Nathan Mochizuki and Elizabeth Moses went to “Little Egypt” for similar reasons. Southern Illinois, that is.

Q&A interview with author of “A Nun on the Bus”

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 06:00

Noted author and activist to speak at Big Tent 2015

June 9, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Taking a bus trip with Sister Simone Campbell is anything but boring. Her conversations will range from peace-building and immigration reform, to economic justice, healthcare and the election. She’s taken her message across the country and is often seen in the nation’s capital as a leading voice for public policy issues. 

Disability Inclusion Sunday is June 14th

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:53

Organizers ask: How inclusive is your church?

June 8, 2015

Damai, a young Indonesian girl injured in a 2004 earthquake, receives physical therapy during her recovery. —David Barnhart

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Churches of all denominations would like to think that the inclusion of all people would be a natural occurrence, says one Presbyterian minister. But that is not always the case.

‘Pursued by Grace’ theme at New Worshiping Communities gathering

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 06:00

Across languages and cultures, 1001 conference encourages relationships

June 8, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

“I don’t mean to be overly dramatic,” says the Rev. Keith Gunter, planning chairperson for the upcoming 1001 New Worshiping Communities National Conference, Aug. 10-13 in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Damaged by storms, John Knox Ranch to open June 10

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:12

Volunteers make repairs following heavy rains and flooding

June 5, 2015

Exterior of the damaged dining hall at John Knox Ranch. —Kathy Anderson

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Nearly two weeks after massive flooding damaged several buildings at John Knox Ranch near Fisher, Texas, volunteers with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and local Presbyterian churches are making it possible for the ranch to be open for business on June 10.  The heavy rains that flooded portions of Texas caused the nearby Blanco River to spill over its banks, damaging some of the ranch’s low lying facilities.

Mission co-worker pursues women’s rights in war torn South Sudan

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:34

United Nations Commission inspires conversations on gender equality

June 5, 2015

The Rev. Debbie Blane

Presbyterian News Service

Tammy Warren

LOUISVILLE

“I didn’t know that in America women are given equal rights.” The Rev. Debbie Blane, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker and lecturer in theology at Nile Theological College South Sudan, wasn’t surprised on hearing this statement from one of her students.

미국 장로교 정서기 공천 위원회가 업무를 시작하다

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 13:08

June 4, 2015

뉴스 보도

Louisville

미국 장로교 정서기를 공천하는 업무를 맡은 총회 위원회가 첫 업무들 중의 하나로서 공천 과정 에 대한 일정을 만들면서 일을 시작했다. 

John Knox Center staff to engage children, youth in Big Tent 2015 worship

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 13:00

Inspiring confidence to say ‘I am a child of God’

June 4, 2015

Bri Payne, John Knox Center executive director.

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

Bri Payne never imagined she’d work without a television at her desk. After graduating from college with a degree in broadcast communications, she worked as a news reporter for Fox and ABC affiliates in North Carolina.

New Books for Presbyterian Women

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 12:41

June 4, 2015

Westminster John Knox Press

Louisville, KY

Three new books are now available from Westminster John Knox Press that are perfect for individual or group study and reflection: Change of Heart, Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts, and Permission Granted. These books, along with many others, will be available at the PC(USA) Store booth during the 2015 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women, June 18-21 in Minneapolis, MN.

Prague set for HusFest 2015 honoring reformer Jan Hus

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 12:19

‘Old Town’ events celebrate national hero executed as religious heretic

June 4, 2015

Hus Memorial in Prague's Old Town Square erected in 1915. —Jim Nedelka

Jim Nedelka

Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE

Six centuries have passed since the early reformer, Jan Hus, was put to death for heresy. In his honor, the people of Prague will celebrate HusFest 2015 on July 5th and 6th. The two-day event features parades, symposia, symphonies, souvenirs, theatre works and tours highlighting the historical places of Hus’ career.

Seminary news

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 14:00

June 3, 2015

Tapestries artist Armando Sosa will present “The Colored Threads of Dreams” at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Louisville

A compilation of news from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seminaries.

Stated Clerk Nomination Committee begins work

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:08

June 3, 2015

News Release

Louisville

The General Assembly committee tasked with nominating a Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has begun its work, developing a timeline as one of its initial tasks.

The Stated Clerk Nomination Committee gathered May 12–14 in Louisville. The Standing Rules of the General Assembly require the committee to begin its work no later than 300 days prior to the convening of the assembly where a nominee is to be presented. The 222nd General Assembly (2016) will convene June 18, 2016, in Portland, Oregon.

Secretario Permanente aplaude los que luchan contra la detención de la familia

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:15

June 3, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

The Reverend Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Louisville

Durante el 2014, miles de familias de Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador llegaron a los Estados Unidos en busca de protección. Como respuesta, el gobierno tomó la trágica decisión de abrir centros de detención familiares en el sur de Texas para encarcelar a estas familias que soliciten asilo. 

PC(USA) conference center hosts summer worship series

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 10:55

Montreat offers invitation to experience guest preachers, community

June 3, 2015

The Rev. Cláudio Carvalhaes

Tanner Pickett

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Louisville

Each summer, the hills around Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina come alive with the sound of organ music, congregations singing and sermons shared by special guest preachers each Sunday morning from May 31 through August 2 in Montreat’s Anderson Auditorium.

Q&A interview with author of ‘A Year Without a Purchase’

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 13:38

Former YAV to present experience at Big Tent 2015

June 2, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Louisville

Embracing a new practice or discipline is one of many ways people seek to strengthen their faith. But for Scott Dannemiller and his wife Gabby, both former Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) in Guatemala, their quest led them to give up something huge: participation in consumer culture.

A quest for faith and spirituality leads to Wild Goose

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:16

Roanoke, Va., man finds his way back to 'church’ after 30-year absence

June 2, 2015

Greg Wolford outside Wild Goose Christian Community in remote corner of Appalachians in Southwestern Virginia.

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

Louisville

When Greg Wolford left home for college 1983 he stopped going to church. It took 30 years and the draw of a special community to bring him back.

North Carolina church transforming the lives of resettled families

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:49

Education is focus of 20 year initiative

June 2, 2015

The Rev. John Odom, pastor of Starmount Presbyterian Church baptizes Marceline Kilassa and Benjamin Kibfoulwa, with teaching elder Kathryn Campbell, associate pastor (left). Both children received help through Black Child Development Institute. —Starmount Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Louisville

For two decades the Starmount Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., has been actively ministering to families resettling in the community, with a special emphasis on children and youth.  Part of that commitment has been partnering with families from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bosnia, Syria and Chad to name a few.

Employment issues regarding PCNCI staff reach conclusion

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 14:00

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board issues statement

June 1, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Louisville

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has issued the following statement regarding the resolution of employment issues following the results of an independent investigation into the incorporation and funding of a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation by PC(USA) evangelism and church growth staff.

‘One size doesn’t fit all’ for Christian educator

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:02

Aspiring PC(USA) educator serves children and youth while meeting life’s challenges

June 1, 2015

Joshua Archey —Dave Carlson, First Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Louisville

Joshua Archey had some reservations at first about becoming a Christian educator. It’s not that he wasn’t already an experienced teacher, ruling elder, Christian education committee member, Sunday school volunteer, and—not least of all—a loving parent of a five and a two-year old. He was all of those things.

Presbyterian mission co-worker edits innovative study Bible on mission

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 09:01

Bíblia Missionária de Estudo a first for Brazilian team, translations planned

June 1, 2015

Presbyterian mission co-worker Tim Carriker is general editor of Bíblia Missionária de Estudo, which will be translated from Portuguese into Spanish and English, and possibly Chinese. —Kathy Melvin

Presbyterian News Service

Pat Cole

Louisville

When Tim Carriker opens his Bible, he sees a mission theme following from Genesis through Revelation. It’s a theme this veteran Presbyterian mission co-worker and his collaborators explain and interpret in the Mission Study Bible released last fall by the Brazilian Bible Society.

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