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A Season of Peace begins this Sunday, and continues through World Communion Sunday on October 4. Included in this time of daily reflections are September 11 remembrance, the International Day of Peace on September 21, and the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence (beginning September 24). Please join us in an intentional time of reflection and prayer this month.
The 2015 Path of Peace daily reflections are organized around weekly themes of Peace in the Family/Nonviolence in our Households, Peace in the Community/Neighborhood, Human Rights, and We Are Stronger Together/Thinking About Our Systems and Structures. To receive these daily reflections by email (September 6 – October 4, 2015), please subscribe here (listed under advocacy and social justice).
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Some of you may have been lucky enough to meet me and Bryce at the recent Big Tent event, where we hosted a workshop with this title. For those of you who didn't make it to Big Tent, or had other workshops to attend that were not our workshop, never fear! We are posting the materials online just for you.
This resource will help answer questions such as:
It's almost time to start thinking about A Season of Peace and the Peace & Global Witness Offering again! As we embark on our second year of interpreting the Peace & Global Witness Offering, we reflect upon how this Offering supports some of the fundamental values of our faith. For generations, and to the ends of the earth, Presbyterians have borne witness to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Take a look at the resources below and ask your session to approve receiving this offering on October 4. Challenge your congregation to exceed last year's receipts!
While the Pentecost Offering sounds pretty straightforward - receive this offering on Pentecost Sunday - in reality, the spirit of the offering is to support our youth, and Pentecost is an entire season. Congregations are encouraged to receive this offering on Pentecost... or any other youth-focused Sunday. So if you think you missed an opportunity on May 24 this year, consider adding it to your Youth Sunday or Sunday School kickoff celebrations.
Any other great ideas? Share them in the comments!
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It breaks my heart when I read that more than 17 million children make up the most poverty stricken age group in the United States. To make matters worse, 6.5 million survive on income that is woefully below the poverty line.
National statistics would have us believe that these young people who drop out of school have only a 12 percent chance of ever holding a job with benefits and a pension.
Friends, Presbyterians have always stood firm on the importance of ...