When Mark Zaineddin was a seminary student, he had no idea he’d wind up working at a Presbyterian conference center, much less working with youth. In fact, when he received a call asking him to consider serving as summer chaplain at Ghost Ranch, he had never heard of the conference center.
“I said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ but wound up coming out as a seminary intern to be a summer chaplain,” Zaineddin said. In the three years since, he’s helped Ghost Ranch develop the Youth Service Corps, which gives junior and senior high schoolers opportunities for service at the ranch and surrounding communities.
The Jews of old wandered the wilderness for 40 years before entering the Promised Land. For the exiled Jews of Libya, it’s already been 44.
The struggle to reopen a synagogue in Libya, 44 years after the forced departure of the country’s last Jews, is emerging as a high-profile test of the new Libyan government’s commitment to freedom in the post-Moammar Gadhafi era.
Two meetings are scheduled in mid-October for members of the presbyteries of Santa Fe and Sierra Blanca to hear a report from and provide input into the Joint Task Presbytery Task Force of the two presbyteries that is exploring merger.
Sierra Blanca Presbytery will have a called meeting on Oct. 14 at Second Presbyterian Church of Alburquerque. The two presbyteries will have their stated meetings together Oct. 15-16 at Ghost Ranch.
The task force was formed at the request of both presbyteries to “begin exploration of the formation of a new presbytery, says the Rev. Sallie Watson, who serves as ...
Despite its protracted and often obstacle-ridden peace processes, the Philippines is seen as a “model” for peace building in the region, says an Asian ecumenical leader.
The Presbytery of Charlotte has endorsed the Rev. Robert Austell as the third candidate for moderator of next year’s 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
At 6:45 on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1, Charlie Richardson, building and grounds supervisor of First Presbyterian Church in Madison, SD, was awakened by a phone call from local police. The church building had been broken into overnight. The vandals stole nothing, but left a swath of destruction in their wake.
As police helicopters hovered overhead, seminarian Rix Thorsell, wearing a clerical collar, marched on Oct. 5 with other members of Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Reformed Church in an “Occupy Wall Street” protest that has captured national and international attention.
Social deals are going spiritual.
Inspired by their religious callings ― and the $713 million in revenue that social deal pioneer Groupon took in last year ― a growing number of entrepreneurs are making a go of the fast-growing social coupon space with sites specifically targeting religious groups.
The Rev. Susan Davis Krummel, executive/general presbyter and stated clerk of the Presbytery of Great Rivers, has been endorsed by that presbytery to stand for moderator of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The 11 religious leaders arrested in the Capitol Rotunda on July 28 while praying on behalf of the nation’s most vulnerable during the debt ceiling debate in Congress were in court Oct. 11.
Three of the 11 are Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministers.
The U.S. Attorney agreed to dismiss the misdemeanor charge ― “Intention to Disrupt Congress” ― if each religious official stays out of the Capitol Building for next six months. If that and a few other conditions are met, all charges will be dropped in April 2012.