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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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  • Gender Inequality, Non-communicable Diseases, and the SDGs from Swords into plowshares

    May 22, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    by Nathan Jumper and Amelie Clemot

    The NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York and the NGO Committee on Mental Health recently held a panel session in the UN community on the relation between gender equality and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are currently divided into four categories: cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. (Interestingly, a recent Harvard study has listed Mental Health as a fifth category of NCD. However, this is not yet recognized in other official venues.) One of the central discussions at the panel was the economic impact of NCDs. Simply put, they are ...

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  • Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge! from Eco-Journey

    May 21, 2015 by Rebecca Barnes

    In April, dedicated Presbyterians from KS and AL came together to present a webinar on a new "Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge."

     

     

    What would your church do with the saved $ from reducing your utility bills by 10%? Most congregations can easily get to a 10% reduction in energy use, which is great for God's creation AND great for your church budget.

     

     

    If you missed the webinar, you can find the April 2015 webinar at the PHP Webinar page, and all the links: to the webinar itself, as well as to each of the congregations' powerpoints and to the overarching Presbyterian ...

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  • Preaching toward "Next to Normal" Lives from Comings and Goings

    A Visit to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bay City MI

    May 21, 2015 by Chip Hardwick

    Last weekend I went to Bay City, MI, to preach at the Westminster Presbyterian Church where my good friend Matt Schramm (former chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board) serves as pastor.  The evening before I had the chance to see him perform in the musical “Next to Normal.”  This musical, remarkably, deals with mental illness in a way that is both fantastical and realistic—and offers some clear implications for ministry. 

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  • Do One Thing for cultural diversity from Swords into plowshares

    May 21, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    The United Nations has designated today as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

    God created human beings, a diverse family, to live together and to love one another as God loves us. This day, and every day, provides an opportunity to celebrate our God-given diversity.

    Here are 10 simple ideas from the United Nations:

     

    1. Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures.
    2. Invite a family or people in the neighborhood from another culture or religion to share a meal with you and exchange views on life.
    3. Rent a movie or read a book ...

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  • To you God we cry from Swords into plowshares

    May 20, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    If you are in the New York city area, join us and our partners for an interfaith Intercessional Prayer Service for People Affected by Violence and Natural Disaster.
    Friday, May 22 at 1:00
    Tillman Chapel
    Church Center for the United Nations
    Corner of E. 44th Street and 1st Avenue
    The service is organized by the chaplain at the Church Center.
    If you are not in New York or if you are unable to attend, we invite you to join in prayer wherever you may be.

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