The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a Baptist minister and early white civil rights activist, as well as best-selling writer and folksy raconteur, died June 3 in Nashville, Tenn. He was 88.
A new grant program from the Presbyterian Mission Agency provides supplemental funding to partner congregations and/or presbyteries in support of new worshiping community leaders who would otherwise not be able to afford health insurance.
A Nigerian theology student has won the top honor for the 2013 Lombard Prize for his paper on how the biblical concept of “paradise” affects contemporary attitudes towards the earth’s human and natural resources.
During the last attempt to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws in 2007, the Southern Baptist Convention never fully embraced a bipartisan bill that died in the face of conservative opposition. But in a sign of how differently the 2013 immigration debate is playing out, the convention is joining other evangelical organizations in a $250,000 media blitz to push members of Congress to pass a bill.
The noise level is deafening on a Tuesday afternoon at Ezequiel Torres Presbyterian Church here. People of all ages pack the tiny sanctuary and spill into adjoining rooms, which are still under construction. There are no pews, and what’s going on is not exactly a worship service. The pastor, Joel Dopico, calls it community outreach.
It’s a Pentecost thing.
Even though it was the book of Esther that inspired and named the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s small-church residency program, For Such a Time as This, the members of its class of 2011 now find themselves instead living in—and into—the miracle recorded in the book of Acts.
One year ago, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church here launched a concept called “Micro Mission Trip.” The idea was simple ― engage more members in service by offering short service opportunities during the typical Sunday worship time slot four times a year.
Steps from the immense colonnade of St. Peter’s Square, Sarwar Jahan stood next to his souvenir stand. A dark, clean-shaven man wearing a navy blue jacket and a black knit cap, Jahan is one of the legions of peddlers selling trinkets of the new Pope Francis to tourists and pilgrims.
Some 40 years ago, the Rev. Raimundo Garcia Franco, a Presbyterian pastor here, saw a need and began thinking about how to meet it. The result of his ponderings, an inviting and well-maintained facility called the Christian Center for Reflection and Dialogue, now serves as a launching pad for projects designed to improve the lives of ordinary Cubans.
HOUSTON — This summer, nine youth groups from the Presbytery of New Covenant will gather in Austin, Texas, for a week of mission with hungry, homeless and impoverished people.