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Through the Bible, the cornerstone of our faith, we know the stories of God's efforts to communicate with creation and of creation's response. God communicates through rainbows and burning bush, through earthquakes and fire, and through the still small voice. We pray that God will speak through us as we tell new stories of the faith, life and mission found in Christ's church.

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  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 7 from Reconciliation

    Understanding the patterns of sexual violence

    February 5, 2016 by

    Dominique Vidale-Plaza shared valuable material on conflict-related sexual violence. Photo by Doug Tilton

    Our first visit was to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission. Dominique Vidale-Plaza, the Women’s Protection Advisor for North Kivu, helped us to understand the scope and limitations of the UN’s mandate in the region, particularly with respect to preventing conflict-related sexual violence.  Dominique’s experience working with rape survivors at Panzi Hospital enriched her understanding of the complexity of the situation.

    MONUSCO works to strengthen the capacity of the Congolese government to ...

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  • Give a Goat from Daily Offerings

    We love to hear your stories!

    February 5, 2016 by Tricia Wainscott

    The children at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI had a mission: to give a goat to a family in need. 

    After hearing about the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, children from the Sunday School class decided to host a "Give a Goat" fundraiser. "The funds were gathered through a whole-church fundraiser," writes Christian Educator Judith Shelton, "initiated by our children and youth, at which they sold cards and bookmarks they had designed." Congregation members pitched in with baked goods for sale and a silent auction.

    With their hard work, the children of Fort Street were able to raise $890, or ...

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  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 6 from Reconciliation

    Pray for us … pray that the violence will end

    February 4, 2016 by

    I was eager to be a part of the East Congo travel-study seminar group dispatched to Bunia, as I had heard about the impressive ecumenical peacebuilding and trauma healing work being done there by the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) women. We quickly learned that the situation in Ituri Province was just as harrowing as Goma.  The very fabric of society was torn by what was described as a “tribal war unknown by the outside world” that claimed 100,000 lives from 2009 to 2015 and “prepared the region for violence.”

    And that violence is continuing.

    We heard of ...

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  • Small Matters from Presbyterians Today Blog: One Church, Many Voices

    Stories of mustard seeds and mountains

    February 4, 2016 by Sue Washburn

     

    How the gospel showed up in a hospital room
    What 80 years of church will do to a person

    by Sue Washburn

    I probably should not have had that third shot of espresso. My mind was going a million miles an hour.

    I paced as I made phone calls to set up visits with folks in the hospital. In the car I flipped through various songs every couple of minutes. My mind was still buzzing when I got to the hospital; I breathed deeply while an elderly volunteer tried multiple times to get the room number to come up on ...

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  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 5 from Reconciliation

    Speak out!

    February 3, 2016 by


    Faida M'wachidende shared her story with our group.

    Our dispatched group learned the value of making adjustments as our expected destination changed … twice. We ultimately found ourselves scrambling to catch a boat to Bukavu in South Kivu province. At this point in our experience, our learning is beginning to gel and certain themes are starting to emerge. While we are far from coming up with ideas for common action, our time in Bukavu has highlighted the importance of communication.

    Our first meeting was with Mama Antoinette Mutunure, the coordinator of the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) women’s ...

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