After several hours of what Moderator Walter Altmann called “intense dialogue,” the World Council of Churches Central Committee decided Feb. 22 on a theme for the WCC’s 10th Assembly: “God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace.”
The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People has approved grants totaling $261, 255 to 14 self-help projects in the United States.
In their first meeting after the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Russia, Pope Benedict XVI and President Dimitry Medvedev expressed their desire to strengthen bilateral relations.
On a recent family trip to Africa, spotting locals wearing T-shirts and baseball caps bearing American brands or slogans became something of a parlor game — a way to pass long hours in the Land Rover driving from place to place.
“It’s absolutely joyful, but scary, too,” says Michael Davis, associate presbyter of congregational development for the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. He’s reflecting on the change happening in the church he serves. Glencliff Presbyterian, a congregation of fewer than 50, recently decided to allocate a percentage of its resources to join a “parallel start” for a Hispanic new church development (NCD).
A new book from Michael J. Gilmour examines the spiritual mystique of one of the most respected musicians of the last fifty years. In The Gospel according to Bob Dylan: The Old, Old Story for Modern Times (Westminster John Knox Press), Gilmour explores how and why Dylan’s music is spiritually meaningful to his fans, and how the musical legend has responded to the quasi-divine labels bestowed upon him.
Members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee took a fresh look at the ecumenical movement’s progress on gender justice issues and many members didn’t like what they saw.
In a city named after a place of faith, churches shattered by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake were yielding up their dead on Feb. 25 as clergy and parishioners grieved and searched for places to worship on Sunday.
For young adults who want to explore the connections between faith, environmentalism and community, the Eco-Stewards Program offers a chance to spend the summer doing just that.
Churches in India have been urged to stand up for indigenous peoples who have been affected by such development projects as dams and mines.