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Hands & Feet initiative launched in St. Louis

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 06:46

October 25, 2017

The genesis of the Hands & Feet initiative came from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Stated Clerk, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, after his experience at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland. He had never seen so many homeless people in one place.

PC(USA) agencies join global #GivingTuesday movement

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 13:02

October 24, 2017

The Presbyterian Foundation has partnered with the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) to support #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28 as a means of harnessing the collective power of partners across the world to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Hosts of international peacemakers share excitement over recent visits

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 12:00

October 24, 2017

 The 2017 international peacemakers, who spent four weeks speaking across the U.S., have returned to their homes. But the impact of their visit is still being felt by presbyteries, churches and communities where they spoke.

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations celebrates United Nations Day

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 06:30

October 24, 2017

Seventy-two years ago today, the newly-formed United Nations approved a charter that has been the foundation of its work ever since. Today marks United Nations Day, an opportunity for the global community to celebrate the work and progress the institution has made. UN member states aren’t the only ones to commemorate the special day.

PC(USA) documentaries selected to screen at esteemed film festivals

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 09:20

October 23, 2017

Two documentaries produced in collaboration with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and other Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have been selected to film at prominent U.S. film festivals.

What Presbyterians Believe: ‘Thoughts and Prayers’

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:14

October 23, 2017

The day after the Las Vegas shooting massacre, I posted on Facebook, “Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.” I didn’t really know what else to say at the moment. My friend Bruce Gillette replied with a political cartoon depicting God in heaven saying, “Enough already with the ‘prayers for the victims and their families,’ you morons. Go enact some meaningful gun control!”

Kang named 1001 New Worshiping Communities central region associate

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:18

October 20, 2017

The Rev. Shawn Kang has been named the central region associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities (NWC) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) In his new role, Kang will work with presbyteries, churches and new worshiping leaders in the central United States to further grow the movement.

Critical deadlines approaching in dialogue around immigration issues

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:49

October 20, 2017

At a critical juncture in the dialogue around immigration policies, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is working to shift the narrative from a legal perspective to a human one.

‘No Innocent Bystanders’ provides guide for social justice work

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:31

October 20, 2017

Can the people who benefit from unjust social systems actively work for justice with those who are oppressed by those systems? No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice (Westminster John Knox Press) by Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher Doucot is a start-up guide for spiritual or religious people who are interested in working for social justice but don't know how or where to begin.

Presbyterian documentaries on immigration and refugees shown in Dayton

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:30

October 19, 2017

The original idea was to simply schedule screenings of the most recent Presbyterian Disaster Assistance documentaries on immigration detention and refugee resettlement (Locked in a Box and To Breathe Free) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton. What Sally Dyer didn’t realize, was a number of organizations across the city were planning their own awareness events around these issues.

Upcoming weekend marks 26th annual observance of Children’s Sabbaths

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:22

October 19, 2017

October 20-22 marks the 26th annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, a time for people of all faiths to devote to, and unite in, their concern for children, commit to improving children’s lives, and advocate for justice on their behalf. The 2017 Children’s Sabbaths theme is “Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child.”

International peacemakers wrap up four-week visit to U.S.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:37

October 18, 2017

The meeting room at Laws Lodge on the campus of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary was buzzing with groups clustered together, debriefing on the past three weeks. Most of the 15 international peacemakers gathered here for a day of conversation before heading back to their homes, an opportunity to talk about their experiences and interactions with U.S. congregations, students and communities.

Mid council leaders reaffirm their baptism at closing worship

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:55

Frank Spencer encourages attendees to transcend their histories

October 18, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Gregg Brekke

Special to Office of the General Assembly Communications

St. Louis

Preaching at the closing worship service here of the five-day Mid Council Leaders Gathering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reverend Frank Spencer, president of the Board of Pensions, asked attendees, “Is today’s outcome determined by what has already happened?”

Spencer began his sermon, titled “What’s Past Is Prologue,” with a reading of the genealogy in Matthew 1:1–17, “The very first words of our New Testament, [that] have never made it into the reading of our Common Lectionary.”

Mission co-worker Doug Dicks is returning to his spiritual home

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:59

October 18, 2017

Mission co-worker Douglas Dicks is going home. Not to his boyhood home in Virginia but to his spiritual home in Israel/Palestine.

Mid council leaders seek new ways of supporting ministry

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:04

Losses, demographic changes call for new models, panel of leaders say

October 18, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. Louis

Reflecting on the losses Los Ranchos Presbytery has experienced in the last five years – nine churches containing more than 10,000 members dismissed to other bodies and net loss of church property totaling $60 million -- Forest Claasen, co-executive recalls a story attributed to, but probably not told, by Desmond Tutu.

“The missionaries came to our land with the Bible and said, ‘let us pray,’” the story goes. “So we closed our eyes and prayed and when we opened them up they had the land and we had the Bible. And we got the better part of the deal.”

Creating an environment for transformation

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:00

GA223 will seek to engage attendees in service, learning in St. Louis

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. LouisFrom June 16-23, 2018

From June 16-23, 2018, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will meet in the “Gateway City” for the 16th time since 1851 and the first since 1988.

Planning for the Assembly comes as St. Louis continues to experience unrest, dating back to the police shooting of an 18-year-old black man, Michael Brown, in the summer of 2014 in suburban Ferguson, Missouri. “The protests are primarily economic, but you cannot separate out the various factors that contribute to them,” the Rev. Craig Howard, executive of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery told 300 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders here October 16 during the annual Mid Council Leaders Gathering.

Playing for keeps

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00

Mid Council leaders discuss how to cultivate resilience in face of change

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

When Kerry Rice thinks about resilience, he thinks of two of his favorite toys from childhood — Legos and Play-Doh.

“You can put them together any way you want to make something new,” he says, “but they never lose the nature of what they are.”

Assembly panels update mid council leaders on their work

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:00

Glimmers of hope emerge for representatives of year-long process

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Gregg Brekke

Special to Office of the General Assembly Communications

St. Louis

The three groups tasked with discerning the form, function and vision of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gave updates October 15 to 300 church leaders gathered here for the annual Mid Council Leaders Gathering.

Initiated by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon, the 2020 Vision Team, the All Agency Review Committee and the Way Forward Commission have worked for more than a year at their respective tasks. The presentation to mid council leaders provided the groups’ representatives an opportunity to describe the process and possible outcomes of their activities.

Christian formation leaders identify life-long Christian practices of faith

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:17

October 17, 2017

For the Rev. Olivia Stewart, participating in the Christian Formation Symposium — a gathering of seasoned practitioners from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — was “awesome.”

사역장로에 관하여: 영적 지도자를 월간 시리즈

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:46

신실하게 응답하기

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

우리 세상의 사건들이 혼돈 속으로 소용돌이 치는 것처럼 보입니다. 지난 몇 달 동안 들었던 질문입니다: "요즘 뉴스에 어떻게 대처합니까?"

이 세상에서 제가 가장 두려워하는 것는 선함goodness 또는 신God-ness의 죽음이라는 것입니다. 그리고 저의 머리를 떨구고 그저 울기를 원하는 때가 있습니다. 때로는 그렇습니다! 예수님께서 예루살렘을 위하여 눈물을 흘리셨던 때로부터 가끔 하나님께서 저와 함께 울고 계신다고 생각합니다.

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