Two Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Middle East advocacy groups have called for a halt to what they say is “the misuse of the grand jury process” by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI after nine federal grand jury subpeonas were served to Chicago-area Palestinian solidarity activists in December.
Food prices around the world are at record highs, leading to tension and violence reminiscent of 2008, when high prices led to dozens of food rebellions.
Church and ecumenical groups in Brazil are gathering resources to help the thousands affected by devastating floods and mudslides near Rio de Janeiro.
“I appreciate what he has done for not only the African-American community but for the white community, because he helped everything to change, even though he had to give his life for it,” Bentley said.
Presbyteries in Missouri, Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and West Virginia have been selected as the 2011 partner presbyteries for the second year of For Such a Time as This, an innovative pastoral residency program designed to serve underserved congregations and develop missional pastors.
What started out as a one-time holiday gesture for Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church in north Georgia has become an eagerly embraced ministry that serves the community and fuels growth for the church.
Members of a delegation of the Cuban Council of Churches (CIC) who recently visited the U.S. affirmed in a press conference upon their return that they perceived a more accepting attitude from that country toward the Caribbean islands and they see this as a hopeful signal that new channels of relationship may be opened between the countries.
As northern Australia suffers the worst flooding in more than 30 years, Australian churches have moved rapidly to respond to the community’s urgent needs.
The Civility Project, a two-year bipartisan attempt to get politicians and others to respect one another, is closing down after just three members of Congress agreed to the project’s pledge.
Elder Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has appointed the members of the final two special committees called for by last summer’s assembly.
The formation of both groups grew out of recommendations to the assembly by the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns. Both have mandates related to a 21st-century Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that is seeking the most faithful and effective way to do mission and ministry in the midst of “an increasingly diverse and culturally rich membership.” Both are also expected to bring reports to the next General Assembly in 2012.