U.S. officials praised a United Nations council for a new statement on religious freedom that sidestepped a divisive debate sponsored by Islamic countries over the “defamation of religions.”
Encouraging feedback continues to pour in as nearly two-thousand churches from all mainline denominations share their experiences with the new Feasting on the Word Curriculum: Teaching the Revised Common Lectionary.
Was America created to be an explicitly Christian nation? Messiah College professor John Fea closely examines both sides of this question — frequently debated by politicians, evangelicals, and historians — in Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction.
Keynote speaker Michael Jinkins, newly-inaugurated president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will be joined by more than a dozen nationally-renowned practitioners of virtually every style of writing when the Presbyterian Writers Guild (PWG) hosts its annual Writers Conference May 16-17 on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary here.
The teacher pulled aside the Tlingit boy, whose rapt attention he secured to deliver an indelible message.
He said to young Walter Soboleff: “Take care of the old person you are going to become.”
“I never forgot that,” Soboleff says. “At first I thought it was a very strange talk. But it just remained with me. I remember that through grade school, through high school, through college, through graduate school.
“I can’t forget that day. He just kept saying it to me: ‘Take care of the old person you are going to become.’”
The 10-year-old became an Alaska icon who in November turned 102 years old, extending an unfinished legacy founded on peace ― a voice of quiet power that would fight racism while trying to stem the methodical erosion of Alaska Native culture.
Today, Walter Soboleff Sr. sits a regal man, whose expressions of rumination produce thoughtful comments, reflecting a sharp memory, an engaged mind and a refusal to hold a grudge.
Don’t confuse the seemingly tired eyes for fatigue or disinterest. Soboleff leads anything but an idle life.
The number of Catholics in the world edged up by one percent in 2009, the Vatican said, bringing to 1.18 billion the number of adherents of the world’s largest church.
Charities are seeing improvements in fundraising, with fewer charities reporting declines in 2010 compared with 2009, according to a report released March 22.
In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami catastrophe on March 11, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s global partners and mission co-workers have been buoyed by the transformative power and solidarity of prayer.
The Presbyterian World Mission ministry area has been in contact with several of its partner organizations and churches and with all of its mission workers in Japan since the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Messages from PC(USA) mission partners and institutions have expressed thanks and provided information about specific situations and responses. “[Your] encouragement makes us realize in Christ we are not alone,” wrote the Korean Christian Church in Japan Many tell about churches and members suffering from the disaster, refugees living in shelters, and the shortage of food, relief supplies, and fuel. But they are organizing to assess the needs and help get aid to those in the greatest need. A spokesman for the Reformed Church of Japan wrote: “We would like to be effective witnesses to the Lord in the midst of devastation.”
Leaders of the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at the University of Arizona in Tucson have sent a letter to supporters describing the March 16 assault on a PCM student group in La Oroya, Peru, and thanking them for their prayerful response to the attack.
How the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) relates to public policy was the theme of the March 23-24 meeting here of the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns as the group came to the nation’s capital.