In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastating path, humanitarian agency Church World Service has said its initial response is targeting those in immediate need in New Jersey and, in the Caribbean, in Cuba. An expansion of the agency’s responses is anticipated, as CWS assesses immediate and projected long-term recovery needs, in tandem with partners.
Iman Shati is a Shiite Muslim who wears the hijab and was a housewife in Iraq. Ayfer Abed Aljabar is a Sunni Muslim who doesn’t wear the hijab and worked as a lawyer in Iraq.
On this Reformation Day, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) launches its first smart phone application—an iPhone/iPad app for daily prayer.
Concerns about Asian countries doing less to protect the rights of migrant workers and the reality that most countries have not ratified United Nations and International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions on the rights of migrant workers were high on the agenda of a recent ecumenical workshop here on migrant workers.
Aaron and Jackie Frisch had more than their 15 minutes of fame when ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” blew into town and built them a dream home four years ago. Ever since, they’ve been carrying out an extreme makeover of their own.
In a rapidly changing denominational landscape – faced with both financial and ecclesiastical challenges – Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons is committed to helping the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) envision a new future in service to Christ’s church.
Driven by the current economic climate and the larger context of the 21st century church’s leadership needs, members of the OGA staff and its board – the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) – have initiated a proactive process to redefine the agency’s vision, mission, and strategic direction.
For Diakonie, the social service arm of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB) ― the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s partner church in this former Soviet bloc country ― the challenges of social ministry are two-fold: meeting prodigious need and creating a cultural climate in which the human dignity of those in need is respected.
Orthodox churches have reaffirmed their commitment to “unity, justice and peace” saying that the “supreme act of God’s love is the economy of salvation.” This and other theological reflections were shared in an inter-Orthodox consultation in Kos, Greece, Oct. 11-17.
Is it a sin not to vote? Or perhaps a virtue?
As Hurricane Sandy prepares for imminent landfall in the Northeast, the storm has already wrought devastation and death along its path.
Together we call the church to pray for those affected by the superstorm, and for those who will be among the first to respond:
God of all time and place,
We thank you for your sustaining grace when our fears are large and our faith is small.
Storms have brought destruction to our sisters and brothers.
We grieve the loss of lives, homes and work.
Please send your Spirit to the broken and bruised places in their lives.