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  • Gender Inequality, Non-communicable Diseases, and the SDGs

    Published May 22, 2015

    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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    From Swords into plowshares

  • Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge!

    Published May 21, 2015

    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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    From Eco-Journey

  • Preaching toward "Next to Normal" Lives

    Published May 21, 2015

    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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    From Comings and Goings

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