More than 1,000 miles separate the work of Chris McReynolds and Rachel Anderson, but they share a common commitment to serving people in Christ’s name at the United States/Mexico border.
McReynolds and Anderson are two of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission workers who serve with Presbyterian Border Ministry (PBM), an organization jointly sponsored by the PC(USA) and the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico.
In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which is across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas, McReynolds works among people who have been besieged by the drug cartels. It’s a town where children grow up hearing the sounds of gunshots outside their bedroom windows. Carjackings are not uncommon and ricocheting bullets have struck innocent pedestrians as they walk the streets.
It looks like spring might finally come after a winter filled with snowstorms, ice, bitter winds and new records for low temperatures. Winter may have a last gasp or two, but in most places things are starting to warm up. On one hand, my irises are, as usual, trying to rush the growing season. On the other hand, my roses are wisely laying low until evidence of several sunny days in a row.
The Rev. Jennifer Leath is a member the World Council of Churches Joint Consultative Group with the Pentecostals and ECHOS, the WCC commission of youth. She is a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the USA and identifies herself as “a Black American who lives in solidarity with those in the African Diaspora and all those who experience oppression, these are they who capture my heart.”
Churches and church leaders have sent messages of support for the people of Japan after a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami rocked the country March 11.
Theologians, psychologists and sociologists agree about the benefits — spiritual, emotional and communal — of confession.
Although reserves for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Pension Plan continued to improve in 2010 after 2008’s global financial meltdown, the denomination’s Board of Pensions (BOP) decided at its March 3-5 meeting here not to grant an “experience apportionment” for 2011.
His faith inspires him, his training equips him, and his vision sustains him. Ehab El Kharrat, an Egyptian Presbyterian and psychiatrist, is a leader in transforming the attitudes of religious leaders in the Arab region toward people living with HIV and AIDS.
Churches are suffering after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan March 11. The National Police Agency announced that, as of March 14, about 1,800 people have died, and 2,400 are missing. More than 10,000 may have died, according to police and news reports.
by Hisashi Yukimoto
Art is maddeningly dynamic. It does not, and will not, mean the same thing to one person as it does to another.
While presbyteries across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) currently vote on whether to approve the addition of the Belhar Confession to The Book of Confessions, another confessional document already in the book has been studied in meticulous detail.
The General Assembly Special Committee on the Heidelberg Catechism concluded its meeting Wednesday after deciding unanimously to recommend that the PC(USA) replace the current translation of the nearly 450-year-old catechism with a new common translation.