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Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

Thinking, praying, and living the faith is at the core of ministry in the Office of Theology and Worship. In the following videos, learn more about what thinking, praying, and living the faith means to the leadership of the Office of Theology and Worship. Discover why it matters and what difference it makes in our lives, work, and worship.  

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March 13, 2013

Musings on the election of Francis

Like many of my fellow Presbyterians, I have been following the story of the resignation of Benedict the XVI and the election of Francis.  I was among the first to know of the election results thanks to having signed up with PopeAlarm.com (with the great tagline:  "When the smoke goes up, you'll know what's going down.").  

I am no expert on all things Vatican, and thus I don't know enough to know if Francis was the best choice or not, but I do have a few thoughts.  

I am impressed with his personal bearing:  the simplicity of his life and the priority of the poor in his discipleship, preaching, and church leadership.  I trust this will have a strong influence not only in the Roman Catholic Church but will also spill over into other churches, including my own.

I am particularly intrigued with his role in the "New Evangelization" movement.  According to a very interesting article by George Weigel, "The First American Pope" Francis was a central figure in formulating this approach to ministry in contemporary context:

We Presbyterians have been trying to figure out who we shall be and how we are to proclaim the Gospel for some time now, often without much success.  I wonder if we might learn a bit about evangelization from our Catholic brothers and sisters.  That would be a new kind of Reformation.

What do you think?


  1. Thanks to Bruce Gillette for reminding me of this paper: "THE SUCCESSOR TO PETER"--http://www.pcusa.org/media/uploads/oga/pdf/peter.pdf

    by Charles Wiley

    PC(USA) Staff

    March 14, 2013

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