The Supreme Court announced Nov. 26 that it will decide whether for-profit businesses can be treated like religious entities in a politically and constitutionally freighted test of the Obama administration’s mandate that employers include free contraception coverage as part of their health plans.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela ― a modern-day Moses who led his people, his nation and the world out of the racist captivity of apartheid in South Africa ― is being remembered by Presbyterians as a charismatic leader who literally gave his life for justice and equality. Mandela died today (Dec. 5) at age 95.
Kathy Francis, a public relations professional with over 25 years of journalism and communications experience, has accepted the position of Senior Director of Communications for the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Office of Interfaith Relations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency partnered with Interfaith Paths to Peace, a local nonprofit interfaith organization, to host the first interfaith celebration at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. The celebration was held Oct. 2, purposely on the same day as Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, to honor the world’s peacemakers.
It’s a tale of twinned journeys: one taken by the pastor; the other, by his congregation. And the path that first led them into their neighborhood to learn what it means to love one’s neighbor eventually landed pastor Mike McClenahan in the Oval Office for a consultation on immigration reform—with President Barack Obama.
News from theological institutions related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
After the mass shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, some members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta were inspired to learn more and speak out against gun violence.
One of the newest 1001 worshiping communities in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a history of life, death and resurrection. Built 100 years ago as a mission church in a beautiful remote corner of southwestern Virginia, it has never had more than 50 members. Several times it has had to close its doors because the congregation got too small.
But each time, someone fell in love with the tiny brick church in the Appalachians and gathered a new congregation to worship and serve the community in Floyd County, Virginia.
The Office of the General Assembly (“OGA”) has been receiving inquiries and questions regarding the November 21, 2013 decision of a federal district court (Western District of Wisconsin) judge in Madison, Wisconsin which held that a portion of Section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code is unconstitutional. Section 107 is the provision dealing with tax-favored housing benefits for “ministers of the gospel.” Specifically, the court held that Section 107(2), which permits ministers to receive tax-free cash “housing allowance,” is unconstitutional because it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Section 107(1), which allows ministers to reside tax-free in a church-provided manse, was not affected by the court’s decision.
On a dark, damp and expensive Tuesday night at Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan, one of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book (and the first book of Scripture) printed in English in America, was sold for the highest price ever recorded for a print book in open sale.