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January 31, 2015DECATUR, GA.—
The Rev. Dr. Stephen (Steve) A. Hayner, president emeritus of Columbia Theological Seminary, passed away today at the age of 66 surrounded by family and friends in the Columbia community. Known by many throughout the world with love, affection, and gratitude, Steve was a person of many honors and degrees who refused to categorize others or himself by achievements. His goal was to always live to and for an audience of One, and his hope was to live life with wide open arms and relational integrity. His life was imbued with joy and freedom, which touched and changed many people along the way.Full Story
January 31, 2015Agua Prieta, Mexico—
There is a common perception that many United States immigrants—documented and undocumented—come to the U.S. chasing the “American Dream.” Ask some of the people who formed and maintain the Mexico-based coffee company Café Justo and they’ll tell you otherwise.
“Unification of the family, I think that’s the dream,” said Daniel Cifuentes, a manager at Café Justo in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, and one of the founders. “I think that’s the dream of all of us, to be united with our families.”Full Story
January 30, 2015Matanzas, Cuba —
The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), presented the following resolution during a gathering in Matanzas, Cuba of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba.
January 30, 2015
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
It is with great joy and deep gratitude to God that I greet you in the name of your sisters and brothers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
As you gather for your first National Synod since the governments of Cuba and the United States began to ease the restrictions under which we have labored for the last 55 years, I give ...Full Story
January 30, 2015
February 22 designated as ‘Wear your blue T-shirt to church Sunday.’
January 30, 2015
National Presbyterian College Scholarship helps put student’s dream of higher education within reach.
January 29, 2015
Complex issues inspire refugees’ journeys—and reactions to them.
Published February 1, 2015
There is this space between the Baptism of the Lord and Ash Wednesday when we return to ordinary time in the church calendar. In ordinary time there are still plenty of extraordinary occasions. There is this general sense of leaning into the New Year. We get a lot of ordinary questions during these days. Questions such as “what is the proper order for committee reports at a congregational meeting?” Questions like “which is better, a pipe organ or electric?” Or, “can I count the Smiths on our statistical report even though they never joined?”
In a season where the church ...Full Story
Published January 29, 2015
Trisha Tull has recently published a workbook and leader's guide that work with her fabulous book "Inhabiting Eden," published in 2013. For over a year now, I have highly recommended the book for individual, small group, and congregational study. That activity will be made even easier with this new workbook and leader's guide. The spiral-bound workbook allows readers to write their own ecological story as they learn. The Leader's Guide offers help for discussing the book in Bible study groups, adult Vacation Bible School, retreat, and book clubs.
For sample chapters, to learn more, and to order ...
Published January 28, 2015
Observe World Interfaith Harmony Week We live in an interfaith world. This brings challenges and opportunities. Respectful Presence: An Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, a document commended to congregations and governing bodies of the...Full Story