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사역장로에 관하여: 영적 지도자를 위한 월간 시리즈

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 12:54

하나님이 인도하시는 회의

September 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

다이애나 니시타 하이페츠 Diana Nishita Cheifetz

저는 회의를 두려워합니다. 평생 장로교인으로서, 저는 이것을 인정하는 것을 당황스럽게 생각합니다. 회의는 지루하고, 좌절되며, 혼란스러운, 비(非) 영적 경험들을 할 수도 있습니다.

Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leaders

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 12:25

Meetings as God’s Leading

September 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

I dread meetings. As a lifelong Presbyterian, I am embarrassed to admit this. Meetings can feel tedious, frustrating, confusing, and so unspiritual. Meetings are a significant part of how we, as people of faith, discern, organize, and execute decisions and actions. They are how we get things done. But most importantly, it is through meetings that together we listen to and act upon God’s leading.

Hope in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 08:00

September 15, 2017

After changing its annual meeting location from Houston to Chicago due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, members of the Cuba Partners Network found themselves listening to reports from their Cuban friends recounting Hurricane Irma’s slow, spinning assault on their beloved Cuba on Sept. 8.

Florida presbyteries mobilize to help churches and communities after Hurricane Irma

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:15

September 14, 2017

Hurricane Irma may be gone, but the aftermath of its path across Florida is still being felt by residents, businesses and churches. FLAPDAN (Florida Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Network) held a conference call with the state’s six presbyteries and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance on Wednesday to get a general assessment of the needs in each area.

장로교 선교국은 새로운 임시 사무총장을 발표하다

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 06:15

September 14, 2017

루이빌 — 장로교 선교국(PMA) 이사회는 토니 델라 로사Tony De La Rosa 임시 사무총장이 사임하고 데이비드 D. 크리텐든David D. Crittenden이 임시 사무총장을 대신 할 것이라고 발표했다.

UKirk opens coffee shop ministry

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 04:00

September 14, 2017

Meeting for coffee is a Presbyterian tradition. Whether it’s in a fellowship hall, a Sunday school room or a hip espresso shop, coffee and community are often connected. First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is hoping that a new coffee shop will help connect college students from the University of Alabama with Christ. Named UPerk, the venture is an outreach of the UKirk program, a ministry that seeks to empower members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) engaged in campus ministry.

‘…and bring along a plane ticket’

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:35

In Manchester, NH, immigrant Indonesian Presbyterians face potential deportation

September 13, 2017

Cindy Kohlmann huddles in prayer with one family ahead of their monthly appointment with ICE officials. —Jim Nedelka

Special to Office of the General Assembly Communications

Jim Nedelka


It is the morning of 9/11 in 2017. The sun is up but the height of the Norris Cotton Federal Building, home of the regional office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), blocks the sunlight from reaching its Chestnut Street entrance. In the shade a steady breeze makes the 57-degree temperature feel especially chilly.

Yet, small groups of people have dutifully gathered again, uniting for an 8:30 a.m. vigil and “Jericho Walk” in the largest city of this state famous for its motto “Live Free or Die.”

Among the interfaith clergy who regularly lead the seven-lap “Jericho Walk” is the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, the Resource Presbyter for the presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England. She has been deeply involved in the vigil project begun by Arnie Alpert, Co-Director of American Friends Service Committee.

Texas church shows resilience among its members following Hurricane Harvey

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:51

September 13, 2017

It’s called the Golden Triangle, a region about an hour and a half east of Houston. Most people had never heard of it until Hurricane Harvey. The communities in the triangle made national news when flooding cut off many residents from immediate help. Like many Texans impacted by Harvey, some homes saw minimal damage, while others had several feet of water. In the nearly three weeks since Harvey, residents have worked fast and furiously to try to return to some sense of normalcy. Churches in the area have become distribution centers for supplies such as water, diapers, food, cleaning materials and other necessities while trying to get worship and other church activities back on track.

New Orleans congregation celebrates 100 years of international mission

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:47

September 13, 2017

What began as the St. Charles Avenue Branch of the First Presbyterian Church, renamed St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC) in 1920, has had a strong commitment to global ministries for more than a century.

OGA fills two key Mid Council Ministries staff positions

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:23

Laurie Griffith promoted; Tricia Dykers Koenig hired; both start Sept. 18

September 12, 2017

Office of the General Assembly Communications

Jerry Van Marter


The Office of the General Assembly (OGA) announced the hiring of two well-known Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders to staff positions in its newly-reconfigured Mid Council Ministries area.

Laurie Griffith, currently OGA’s manager of judicial process and social witness policy, will assume a new role as Associate Director for Constitutional Interpretation.

The Rev. Tricia Dykers Koenig will be the new Associate Director for Mid Council Relations. Both will start their new jobs on September 18.

2017 Christian Unity Gathering of the National Council of Churches coming up

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:50

September 12, 2017

The National Council of Churches (NCC) will hold its 2017 Christian Unity Gathering on November 8-10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is “Resilience, Resistance and Persistence.”

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance assesses Hurricane Harvey damage in the Houston area

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 08:16

September 12, 2017

Traveling around the area, one may wonder if there was any damage at all from Hurricane Harvey. Crews have worked overtime to remove debris from the main roadways in the city, but travel 20 minutes to the south or east and you can see the evidence for miles. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance leaders joined local church leaders over the weekend to assess the damage left by several days of Harvey’s heavy rain.

A Presbyterian understanding of the 1st and 14th amendments: freedom of religion and equal protection under the law

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:04

September 11, 2017

Many of us have heard that the United States’ form of government was influenced by the practices and beliefs of Presbyterians who crossed the ocean to find religious freedom. Even today, our local municipal meetings and sessions of Congress mirror what takes place in church meeting rooms around the country as elected ruling elders seek to lead each congregation. While we may understand how the church influenced the form of government, we may not always know how traditional Reformed theology has influenced the beliefs that are the bedrock of the Constitution.

Presbiterios se preparan para el Huracán Irma

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 13:29

September 8, 2017

Mientras el Huracán Harvey todavía estaba en el suelo en Texas, el Programa Presbiteriana de Asistencia en Desastres (PDA) estaba preparándose para la próxima gran tormenta, el Huracán Irma. PDA ha estado ocupado continuamente con tormentas catastróficas en las últimas dos semanas.

Mayhem at Marturia

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:01

PC(USA) immigrant congregations threatened by new policy decisions

September 8, 2017

OGA Office of Immigration Issues

Teresa Waggener


The churchyard at Marturia Indonesian Presbyterian Church was abuzz with families pruning trees and clearing out brush. Members were preparing for the harsh New England winter.

In their hearts, they are preparing for much more.

Marturia members and others in the Indonesian and Brazilian communities in this part of New England have fallen under the focus of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Their trouble started in January when President Donald Trump issued an executive order on interior immigration enforcement, which prioritizes enforcement against a wide portion of the migrant population in the U.S. and minimizes the use of a long-established practice of prosecutorial discretion.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance leaders join Mission Presbytery on tour of Harvey damage

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 08:55

September 8, 2017

It’s a sunny day, and a light breeze blows across Port Aransas, Texas, a small island near Corpus Christi. It’s a stark difference to the weather two week ago when Hurricane Harvey crashed into the community.

Presbyterians brace for Hurricane Irma

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:18

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has maintained communication with churches and synods

September 8, 2017

A satellite image shows the eye of Hurricane Irma, now a Category 5 storm, in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 5, 2017. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two as the hurricane moves into the Caribbean and may turn toward Puerto Rico and Florida. —U.S. Navy photo

Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service


While Hurricane Harvey was still on the ground in Texas, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was preparing for the next big storm, Hurricane Irma. PDA has been busy with back-to-back catastrophic storms in the past two weeks.

신학&예배부서는 '내쉬빌 성명서'에 응답하다

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:16

September 7, 2017

루이빌 –8월 30일 기독교 복음주의는 내쉬빌 성명서를 발표했다. 미국장로교의 사역인 신학&예배부서는 이 성명서에 대한 뉴스보도가 있었기에 미국장로교가 내쉬빌 성명서에서 논의된 문제들을 어떻게 고려하는지 명확히 하는 것이 도움이 될 것이라고 생각하였다. 다음은 우리 교단의 입장을 명확히 하는데 도움이 될 만한 몇 가지 생각들이다.

장로교인들은 허리케인/열대성 폭풍 하비로 인한 텍사스의 재난에 응답하다

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:05

September 7, 2017

루이빌 –이번주의 허리케인으로 열대성 폭풍이 몰아치면서 텍사스 일부가 폭우와 홍수 및 바람 피해에 계속 대처하기 때문에 장로교인들은 장로교 재난 지원(PDA)을 통해 긴급한 필요를 돕기 위해 기부를 하고 있다.

Presbyteries brace for Hurricane Irma

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:20

September 7, 2017

While Hurricane Harvey was still on the ground in Texas, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was preparing for the next big storm, Hurricane Irma. PDA has been busy with back-to-back catastrophic storms in the past two weeks. On Wednesday, the Category 5 Irma, packing winds of 185 mph, tore through the northern Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico. PDA has been in constant communication with communities in its path.


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