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No Easy Way

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:50

April 28, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Larissa Kwong Abazia

Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly

On Sunday, a congregation member from a church that worships in our sanctuary greeted me with a warm smile. She said, "Your scarf is beautiful. But did you cut your hair? Why wear it?"

I paused for a moment and said, "Oh, thank you. Well, it's because my hair started falling out because of my chemotherapy."

The power of the connectional church ‘on display’

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 11:00

Late Presbyterian scholar, Harold Daniels, continues to shape the church through generous gift of art

April 28, 2015

Close-up shot of John August Swanson's "Ecclesiastes.” It depicts Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven," which Taylor says resonates for him in this whole gift. —Sara Ponton

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Louisville

Even the famously cerebral John Calvin, widely acknowledged as the founder of the Reformed tradition, recognized the arts—music, sculpture, and painting—as “gifts of God.”

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issues appeal for Nepal

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 09:35

Thousands dead and injured in powerful 7.8 earthquake.

April 28, 2015

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25 and is considered the worst in more than 80 years. —Adna Abidi

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The death toll from this past weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal continues to rise, closing in on 4,500. Rescue and recovery efforts are being hampered by the damage from collapsed buildings, landslides and aftershocks. Some villages and small communities have been virtually wiped out by the 7.8 magnitude quake, the worst in more than 80 years according to government officials.

PC(USA) Colombia Accompaniment Program celebrates a decade of difference making

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 05:30

Building international relationships, brick by brick

April 28, 2015

Two of the women from 9th Presbyterian in Barranquilla who were part of the sewing group. The motto on the banner says the church is “united in leaving footprints for peace.”

Presbyterian News Service

Tammy Warren

Louisville

The Colombia Accompaniment Program began in 2004 as a collaborative partnership among Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) World Mission, and the Presbyterian Church of Colombia or Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (IPC).

Presbyterians kick-off weekend of worship and advocacy to end exploitation

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 14:11

Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry hosts 200 Presbyterian advocates to discuss solutions for addressing mass incarceration problem

April 27, 2015

The Rev. Alonzo Johnson delivered the sermon to open CPJ Training Day at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. —Sara Otoum

Presbyterian News Service

Scott O'Neill

Washington, D.C.

Approximately 200 Presbyterians gathered recently at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on a bright, sunny day in the nation’s capital to worship, listen and learn from one another at the 5th annual Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day. The event featured numerous workshops as well as witness testimony from a diverse group of leaders, advocates and participants. It preceded the 2015 national Ecumenical Advocacy Days, also held in Washington.

Participants in 1001 movement are young, racially diverse

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 05:00

Worshiping Community leaders survey finds nearly 8 of 10 are new to PC(USA)

April 27, 2015

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

Louisville

The majority of worshiping community participants in the 1001 movement are young, racially diverse, and new to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) These are some of the findings in a recently completed worshiping community leaders survey, conducted by Research Services of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

PC(USA) calls on Indonesian government to halt execution of Mary Jane Veloso

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:45

Last minute appeal pleads clemency for Filipino victim of human trafficking

April 26, 2015

Mary Jane Veloso at her trial in Indonesia.

Presbyterian News Service

Tammy Warren

Louisville

Mary Jane Veloso, a 30-year-old Filipino woman convicted of alleged drug trafficking, has been transferred to a detention center on Indonesia’s Nusakambangan Island, where she awaits execution by firing squad pending an appeal process.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board affirms Purdue as location for 2016 Youth Triennium

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:25

Some concerns regarding Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act abated, others remain

April 24, 2015

Youth perform on the stage of the 2010 Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University.

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Louisville

At its spring meeting held April 8-10, 2015, in Louisville, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board approved the following statement regarding Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as it relates to holding the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Fighting mass incarceration and systems of exploitation

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:00

Social justice panel shares insights on wealth and victimization

April 24, 2015

Panel discussion on the churches' response to systems of exploitation, moderated by David Schilling (far right) with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. —Rick Jones

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Washington, D.C.

The 13th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days gathering in Washington, D.C., recently brought together more than 1,000 members of the Christian community, including 200 Presbyterians, to tackle some of the most challenging social justice issues facing churches today. Attendees looked at human exploitation, corporate greed, prison privatization, racial injustice and more. While the various forms of exploitation vary, the consensus from attendees was the same: the world needs to change.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) representatives commemorate tragedy in Bangladesh

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:00

Two-year anniversary of garment factory collapse still leaves thousands in need

April 24, 2015

Family members of those lost two years ago gathered today at the site of the Rana Plaza collapse to honor their memories and demand work with dignity in the future. —Jessica Maudlin

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Louisville

Representatives of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) are joining an international delegation in Bangladesh today to commemorate the two year anniversary of a factory collapse that left more than 1,100 people dead and 2,500 injured. Jessica Maudlin, associate with PHP’s Enough for Everyone ministry, and Bryce Wiebe, manager for the Office of Special Offerings were invited by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), a PHP partner.

On eve of anniversary, Turkey’s ‘cultural genocide’ of Armenian history is ongoing

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 21:00

April 23, 2015

The Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island, Lake Van in Turkey. —Religion News Service photo by Tania Karas

Religion News Service

Tania Karas

Yukari Bakracli, Turkey

This tiny Kurdish village outside the city of Van in Turkey’s southeast is home to the ruins of a once-famous 11th-century Armenian Christian monastery. Known to Armenians as Varagavank, it thrived as a place of worship until Turkish forces looted it and murdered parishioners in the mass killing sprees of 1915.

Closed church continues ministry of relationship, caring following tragedy

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:29

Carbon monoxide poisoning claims eight victims with ties to Presbyterian congregation

April 23, 2015

Rodney Todd and his children. —Photo provided by family

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

Louisville

When Crossroads International Fellowship Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Princess Anne, Md., closed its doors March 1, 2015, the loss was felt by the congregation and neighborhood. The storefront church had spent many years ministering to peoples' need in what its pastor, the Rev. Donna Bowers, calls “the poorest county in all of Maryland.” Yet, it hadn't reached a level of financial sustainability that would allow the congregation to continue.

Confession of Belhar approved by presbyteries

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:17

April 23, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted through its presbyteries to add the Confession of Belhar to The Book of Confessions. The final step will be a vote at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) meeting June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon. View a video message from the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, which also is available in Spanish:[Español] and Korean[한국어]. Share those videos, as well as other Belhar resources available at pcusa.org/belhar.

Rhashell Hunter receives life membership award from Presbyterian Women

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 08:00

Award celebrates commitment to mission and leadership development

April 23, 2015

The Rev. Rhashell Hunter, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)'s Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries.

Presbyterian News Service

Kristena Morse

Louisville

The Rev. Rhashell Hunter, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)'s Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, was honored with the Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership Award during the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board meeting in Louisville last week.

Con respecto a las ancianos y los ancianos gobernantes: Los/as ancianos/as gobernantes y el presbiterio

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:12

April 23, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Sally Hinchman

Louisville

«El presbiterio es el concilio que sirve como una expresión corporativa de la iglesia que consiste de todas las iglesias y los/as ancianos/as docentes dentro de ese distrito.… El presbiterio es responsable por la misión y el gobierno de la iglesia en todo su distrito geográfico, y de ayudar y apoyar el testimonio de las iglesias

Office of Theology and Worship introduces Directory for Worship study guide

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:00

'From the Sanctuary to the Street' designed to help Presbyterians engage proposed revision to PC(USA) constitution

April 23, 2015

Orange Praise Ensemble. —Courtesy of New Hope Presbyterian Church, Orange, Cal.

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Louisville

As the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) engages in a yearlong, churchwide season of study on the proposed revisions to the Directory for Worship, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Theology and Worship has provided a resource to encourage reflection and comment on this document.

New PC(USA) denominational children’s curriculum includes children with disabilities and special needs

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 04:00

Growing in Grace & Gratitude offers support for leaders, congregations

April 23, 2015

Congregational Ministries Publishing

Robin Rueff

Associate for Promotions

Louisville

The new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum, Growing in Grace & Gratitude, supports an environment that helps children of all abilities experience God’s grace.

GA committee reviewing the Presbyterian Mission Agency performs considerable work, anticipates more to do

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:58

April 22, 2015

News Release

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly committee tasked with reviewing the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) has made considerable progress on its assignment, but anticipates more work before being ready to release a final report.

“Given the nature of the task and the timing of other pending PMA board decisions, the committee anticipates it will need an additional meeting to complete the assigned work,” said Eliana Maxim, chair of the review committee and associate executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Seattle. “Also, a PMA board motion naming the review committee passed during the board’s last meeting may expand the scope of the committee’s work.”

PC(USA) Office of Public Witness joins striking federal contract workers to protest low wages

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:48

Rev. J. Herbert Nelson and workers urge president to 'Fight for $15'

April 22, 2015

Rev. J. Herbert Nelson speaks at a news conference with striking federal contract workers in Washington, urging the president to raise wages to $15 an hour. —Leslie Woods

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones and Leslie Woods

Washington, D.C.

The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, director of public witness for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Washington Office, and other religious leaders joined striking U.S. Senate contract janitors and food service workers to urge President Obama to support efforts to raise wages. Hundreds walked off their jobs to protest low wages and benefits. They’ve joined striking workers from the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian Institution and other federal landmarks where private companies receive lucrative contracts to run food, janitorial and other services.

Rule change opens the way for Co-Moderators of the General Assembly - Korean

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:15

April 22, 2015

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

정관 변경이 미국 장로교에서 공동 총회장 (Co-Moderators)이 선출될 수 있는 길을 열어놓다

에바 스팀슨, 장로교 총회 사무국 연락 담당자

어떤 교회들은 동사 목사 (co-pastors)들을 두고 있다. 노회는 공동 노회장 (co-moderators)을 선출할 수 있다. 그렇다면 총회에는 왜 공동 총회장이 있어서는 안되는가?

이제는 제 221차 총회 (2014)에 의해 내려진 조치(Minutes, 2014, Part I, Item 03-04, Recommendation 8, pp. 12, 21, 184)로 인해 처음으로 그 가능성이 열려졌다. 총대들은 총회 정관의 변경을 승인하여 두 사람이 공동 총회장으로 선출되어 팀으로 함께 섬길 수 있게 하였다.

두 후보자는 총대들이어야 한다. 두 사람은 서로 다른 노회에 속해도 되고 혹은 같은 노회에 ...

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