In 2010, the 219th General Assembly called for the creation of several special committees and one commission to study vital areas in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and bring back to this year’s assembly their findings and recommendations.
Each of the reports is now available on PC-biz, the electronic system through which all business coming to the General Assembly can be accessed.
The call for a fast in Isaiah 58 is not a subtle tap on the shoulder — it’s a trumpet blast that demands attention, said the Rev. Margaret Aymer, speaking at Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) here March 23.
Participants in the World Council of Churches' Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) pre-assembly event bring conconcerns of the marginalized, including women, young people, Dalits, indigenous peoples and other minorities into the heart of the debate about mission and evangelism.
Even as membership remains relatively stable in U.S. churches, the effects of the recession have caused contributions to drop by $1.2 billion.
Religious minorities imprisoned for their beliefs have been subject to torture and other cruel treatment in Iran, Afghanistan, China, Egypt among other countries, according to a report by the U.N. independent expert on torture.
As a pastor — especially as a woman pastor — the Rev. Kristine Holmgren is used to being in the public eye. In addition to speaking from the pulpit, Holmgren has reached people across the country through the informally syndicated column she wrote for the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune and as a commentator for National Public Radio. That exposure has perhaps helped prepare her for her newest venture as a playwright.
When the Rev. Karina García Carmona was installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Mexico City in 2011, her congregation posed a simple question: do you want to be called “Pastor”?
As delegates to a World Council of Churches (WCC) gathering noted Christianity’s growth in the global South, church leaders from Africa and Asia stressed that partnership in mission and evangelism is needed more than ever.
Pinched by the global recession and tough-love budget demands of the European Union, the Italian government is looking for extra revenue, and has its eyes set on commercial properties owned by the Roman Catholic Church.
It’s no secret that many Presbyterian congregations have a difficult time keeping their young adult members active in the church. The problem is even more complicated for Korean-American Presbyterians.