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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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  • Orange Day! from Swords into plowshares

    July 25, 2014 by Ryan Smith

    By Max Hill

    On July 24, 2014, the Permanent Mission of Grenada and the organization African Women for Good Governance held a conference at the UN titled “Women in Power Making a Global Difference”. The conference included statements from Ambassador Denis G. Antoine, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN, Ambassador Sire Conde, President of African Women for Good Governance as well as others from places of influence for women around the world.

    In his opening statements, Ambassador Antoine told of the strides that women have made in Grenada, including that 33% of Grenada’s parliamentary elected officials are women ...

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  • Creation Care at Local Churches in All Denominations from Eco-Journey

    July 22, 2014 by Rebecca Barnes

    While highlighting New Hope Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga) as the Presbyterian example (see snippet below), this great article includes churches from many denominations!

     

    "Stewards of the Earth" by Karen Nazor Hill in Timesfreepress.com

     

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    "In Chattanooga, New Hope Presbyterian Church has its “Earth Care Team,” a group dedicated to being “stewards of God’s earth,” says Rosie Sanislo, who founded the local team.

     

    “My concern for better green living is based on practicing my faith through caring for creation,” she says. “Scripture and our reformed faith tradition call humans to be stewards of the earth — God’s good creation. Each ...

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  • Speaking a New Language at Seminary from Comings and Goings

    A Visit to the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Butare, Rwanda

    July 22, 2014 by Chip Hardwick

    Seminarians all over the world learn a new language when they go away to study theology:  the words used by the academic community to wrestle with the matters of faith, such as hermeneutics, soteriology, pericope, and ontology.*  This new language must then be shed in order to communicate effectively with the people in the pews, only a few of which might be interested in mastering this esoteric vocabulary.  (The concepts behind the technical words, of course, are often valuable for ministry.) 

     

    The students at the Protestant Institute of the Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), the seminary which Presbyterian Rwandans attend, takes this challenge a step further. 

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  • Grace, Gratitude, and Forgiveness from Comings and Goings

    A Visit to the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Butare, Rwanda

    July 21, 2014 by Chip Hardwick

    Some of you have asked for a copy of the paper I presented at the Scientific Week of the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences in Butare, Rwanda, on Saturday.  It is entitled, "Grace, Gratitude, and Forgiveness," and it uses the Reformed theological framework of grace and gratitude to understand why we forgive, and explores several scriptures for practical steps which can lead to forgiveness.  (Word to the wise:  it's about 25 pages long.)

     

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  • Joy and Sorrow in Worship and Life from Comings and Goings

    A Visit to the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Butare, Rwanda

    July 19, 2014 by Chip Hardwick

    On Thursday evening I met with a fourth year student at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) to talk about his senior thesis.  Joseph is planning to write about the impact of music on worship attendance in the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda.  Along the way, he told me of tragedies in his life story that made his research come alive even more vividly.

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