Presbyterians expect pastors to be competent, emotionally healthy, genuinely spiritual people who are good listeners.
Nearly a year into her stint as the State Department’s point person on religious freedom, the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook has traveled to eight countries and seems to have moved beyond questions about her lack of diplomatic experience.
In South Sudan, clashes among nomadic cattle-raising tribes in Jonglei state have killed thousands, but an evangelical Christian leader says encouraging the communities’ permanent settlement will end the bloody circle of conflicts.
People from all over the U.S., along with international representatives of organizations supporting the “Cuban Five,” will gather here April 17-21.
Reacting to some of the worst fighting between Sudan and South Sudan since the southern country achieved independence last July, two international church groups on April 17 expressed “grave concern” and called for an immediate ceasefire.
At this point in 2011, 22 state legislatures had either passed or were considering bills to prohibit judges from considering either Islamic law, known as Shariah, or foreign law in their decisions.
What a difference a year can make.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, millions of dollars, thousands of aid workers, and hundreds of nonprofits poured into the country in an effort to help those affected by the disaster. But, as we’ve learned in the years since, not all disaster aid is created equal.
Some projects failed. Monies sent for Haitians were not necessarily making it to those with the greatest need. The international community began to notice and asked what was really happening to improve the lives of the most marginalized.
The Rev. Janet Edwards, a member of Pittsburgh Presbytery who is standing for moderator of the upcoming 220th General Assembly, has announced that the Rev. Jeffrey Krehbiel, pastor of Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, DC, is her running mate for vice-moderator.
Church bowling alleys are disappearing fast. There are probably fewer than 200 left, said Neil Stremmel, of the U.S. Bowling Congress.
Pilgrims in Jerusalem interested in the city’s numerous holy sites can see them from a unique vantage point: a rooftop where a Catholic priest mixes humor and Biblical history to bring the city to life.