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Board of Pensions issues statement on housing allowance ruling

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:06

October 11, 2017

On Friday, October 6, Judge Barbara Crabb, a federal district court judge in the Western District of Wisconsin, found Section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (the subsection dealing with housing allowances) to be unconstitutional based on the establishment clause of the First Amendment. Section 107(1), relating to the exclusion of the value of manse housing, was not the subject of the lawsuit and remains unaffected.

Presbyterian Church in Cameroon appeals for peace, dialog

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:46

October 11, 2017

The Rt. Rev. Fonki Samuel Forba, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, issued a statement yesterday urging peace and dialog in response to ongoing persecution and marginalization of the country’s Anglophone population.

Study up: A Reformation anniversary reading list

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:48

October 11, 2017

As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is celebrated later this month, that seems to be the case. Just as printing presses rushed to distribute copies of the 95 Theses that Luther reportedly nailed to a church door on Oct. 31, 1517, publishers have released a number of books in the past year on Luther, his fellow Reformers and the lasting impact of his action, which ultimately led to the schism in Christianity between Catholics and Protestants.

Churches raise awareness on food sovereignty, justice issues

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 08:55

October 11, 2017

How does your church commemorate World Food Day? For some congregations, the day during Food Week of Action means a special meal offered to community residents who wrestle with poverty and hunger. Others use the annual campaign to promote what they’re already doing, such as community gardens or food pantries.

How the PC(USA) is fighting AIDS in Africa

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 08:17

October 11, 2017

On the day PC(USA) member Francis Ntowe’s sister was buried, there were six other funerals in her small community in Cameroon. “One of them was a pastor, and all of them had died from HIV/AIDS,” he said. “Every single one.”

International Peacemaker from Vietnam faces significant challenges

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:30

October 11, 2017

Building a church and its membership from the ground up is no small feat. Doing it in a country that persecutes members of your faith makes it doubly difficult. But the Rev. Manh Nguyen, pastor at the Evangelical Community Church in Hanoi, Vietnam, continues to grow his church despite a government that frowns upon religion in general, and Christians specifically.

All Agency Review Committee considers General Assembly procedures

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 14:49

October 10, 2017

On its second day of meeting the All Agency Review Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) took up the topic of how certain topics are introduced at the denomination’s General Assembly and the ramifications of decisions made on the work of the agencies, often without input from the agencies.

Presbyterian Hunger Program meets with participating countries on poverty, hunger issues

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 09:16

October 10, 2017

For more than 17 years, the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), through its Joining Hands initiative, has been tackling the root causes of hunger and poverty. PHP staff recently gathered with representatives from several countries to look at the progress and where to go from here.

Pacificadora Internacional de México aboga por los derechos de las mujeres

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:05

October 9, 2017

Lydia Cordero Cabrera tiene un trabajo difícil. Es directora general de un centro de crisis, que trabaja a diario con las mujeres que se enfrentan a situaciones de la vida / muerte en sus hogares en México.

Podcast hosted by PC(USA) coworkers debuts October 18

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 10:24

October 9, 2017

In the first episode of a new podcast “The Word on the Street,” hosted by thePresbyterian Mission Agency’s Charles Wiley and Alonzo Johnson, a Kentucky Hall of Fame Broadcaster recalled being in a person’s home during times of tragedy and being asked to pray for them.

All Agency Review Committee hears reports from agency questionnaires

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 07:31

October 9, 2017

The All Agency Review Committee heard reports at its meeting today that began to give the group a vision of “the church as a whole” as it was asked to do by the General Assembly 222 (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

International peacemaker uninvited to two high schools

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 15:31

October 6, 2017

An international peacemaker from Palestine recently found her invitation to speak at two Nebraska high schools revoked. Nora Carmi, a Palestinian Christian from Jerusalem, was scheduled to speak at two schools in Omaha, when school district authorities cancelled the appearances. Millard Public School officials say the decision was made after being contacted by some parents.

Rwandans remember the genocide but forgive

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:52

October 6, 2017

At the end of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, 16 Presbyterian pastors had been killed, many had been wounded and some had fled the country. The churches that remained were empty.

New children’s book explores diversity and inspires empathy

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:45

October 5, 2017

In response to the lack of diversity found in children’s books, No One Else like You by author Siska Goeminne and illustrator Merel Eyckerman helps children appreciate the beauty of our diverse world and their place in it.

Pastoring in war

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:18

October 5, 2017

Reconciliation is a sacred space where weary bodies are refreshed and troubled souls are soothed, where the roar of oppression is silenced and the calm of compassion resounds.

Reformation Sunday resources available from PHS

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:47

Presbyterian Historical Society has free bulletin inserts, newsletter ads

October 5, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Reprinted from PHS Matters, the monthly PHS e-newsletter

Philadelphia

This year, as Presbyterians celebrate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Presbyterian Historical Society has produced resources for congregations for the October 29 observance.

The resources include a bulletin insert in various sizes and formats, and an advertisement for church newsletters. Download the bulletin insert (PDF): Full Page | Half Page (letter) | Half page (legal). Download a Reformation Sunday advertisement for your church newsletter: JPEG | PDF.

Applications now being accepted for YAV’s 25th annual recruitment season

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 06:30

October 5, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) class. This is the 25th anniversary of a program that is helping to shape the next generation of globally aware, faithful and passionate leaders.

Publicaciones de Ministerios Congregacionales será consolidado con la Corporación de Publicaciones Presbiteriana

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:55

October 4, 2017

Se aprobó la recomendación del comité ejecutivo de la Junta de la Agencia Presbiteriana de Misión (PMAB) para consolidar Publicaciones de Ministerios Congregacionales de PMA (CMP) con la Corporación de Publicaciones Presbiteriana (PPC) en su reunión del viernes por la noche.

1001 New Worshiping Community launches in rural Virginia

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 09:50

October 4, 2017

Lucketts is not a place that has diners or coffee shops. The one restaurant in this small town in the food and wine country of rural Virginia is closed on Mondays.

1001 New Worshiping Community launches in rural Southwest Virginia

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 09:50

October 4, 2017

Lucketts is not a place that has diners or coffee shops. The one restaurant in this small town in the food and wine country of rural Southwest Virginia is closed on Mondays.

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