Gains in Asia and Africa are making up for losses in Europe among the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, according to Vatican statistics released May 13, signaling a shift of the church’s center of gravity toward the Global South that was heralded by the election of the first Latin American pope.
The Rev. Kyser Cowart (K.C.) Ptomey Jr., professor of pastoral ministry and leadership at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary died May 9 at his home in Nashville, Tenn., after battling cancer. A service of witness to the resurrection will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville on May 18. His life and witness will be celebrated at Austin Seminary on May 24.
Two French churches from Reformed and Lutheran traditions have united to become the United Protestant Church of France.
They have pledges. They have merit badges. And they may go camping. But they’re not the Boy Scouts.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has four Special Offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peacemaking and Christmas Joy) and for over a year, Sam Locke has been responsible for the information materials that support these offerings.
Pediatrician Grisel Navarro says she is “a different kind of retiree,” because she still practices her profession, goes out and about and refuses to be “at the beck and call of her family’s and everyone else’s needs,” something that diminishes quality of life for many Cuban women when they retire from work.
For 25 years, St. Louis University has been led by the Rev. Lawrence Biondi. And for nearly two centuries, it has been led by Biondi’s Roman Catholic order, the Jesuits.
Soon, it may be led by neither.
Ahead of its 2013 General Assembly, The Church of Scotland published a study of the contemporary situation in the Holy Lands, “The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on ‘The Promised Land.’”