Climate change in Asia is falling hardest on poor and indigenous communities and Christian communicators should adopt the concept of “climate justice” as they advocate for solutions that do not reinforce corporate control and consumerism, delegates at a conference on communications said.
No sooner had 29-year-old Graham Messier joined a small group at his church earlier this year than he found himself breaking an American taboo: talking about how much he earns, and where it all goes.
Like a massive ocean-liner on a vast sea, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Middle Governing Body Commission began the long slow turn from gathering data from the church to formulating recommendations for the mission and function of presbyteries and synods in a rapidly changing church and world.
Imagine moving your family to a strange land where you don’t speak the language and don’t know the customs. And then imagine not being able to find a friendly face.
Saying that lay people need a greater voice in the church, India’s national Catholic lay network is preparing to hold the first synod, or national meeting, of lay Catholics in early 2012.
The great American clergyman and social reformer Henry Ward Beecher described summer as “a temperate zone in the mind ... just between laziness and labor.” It was to this season, Beecher said, that “summer reading belongs.”
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.” Isaiah 35:1-2
The Church of Scotland, which has been threatened with schism since it confirmed the appointment of an openly homosexual minister two years ago, voted at its general assembly yesterday to move toward the acceptance of gay and lesbian candidates for ordination.
A Methodist hurricane-recovery ministry that funneled nearly 68,000 hammer-wielding volunteers into metro New Orleans until it essentially ran out of money has reinvented itself ― by asking volunteers to pitch in $225 to spend a week repairing houses.
The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), wonders what wisdom is possessed by Presbyterians who may not travel in the movers and shakers crowd at General Assembly or keynote national conferences, or even lead a regionally influential congregation.