The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of Communication Ministries, The Presbyterian Outlook, the Presbyterian Writers Guild and the Pittsburgh-based Presbyterian Media Mission are joining forces to sponsor the Presbyterian Communicators Network Conference (PCN) ― one of 10 constituent conferences that comprise Big Tent, Aug. 1-3 here.
The Rev. Christine Coy Fohr will serve primarily as a liaison between local mission leaders in the United States and Presbyterian World Mission.
As a child, the Rev. Bob Wollenberg once got to sit in Mister Rogers’ lap.
He didn’t watch “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on TV much in those days. “In my memory, the show was kind of slow,” he told a classroom full of Mister Rogers fans during a class at Synod of Lakes and Prairies Synod School, held July 21-26 at Buena Vista College.
With his open and easygoing manner, Pope Francis charmed the media as much as the faithful during his successful visit to Brazil, the first international pilgrimage of his pontificate.
Since 1997, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Church Leadership Connection (CLC) has served as the denomination’s online matching and referral system, bringing together call seekers and calling organizations with complementary skills and interests to serve the leadership needs of Christ’s church.
A lot has changed in the past 16 years.
“The needs of today’s church are more complex than when the system was first launched,” said the Reverend SanDawna Gaulman Ashley, coordinator for Leadership Development and Church Leadership Connection in Vocational Ministries, part of the newly formed Mid Council Ministries team in the Office of the General Assembly. “We are attempting to make the call process more efficient as we aim to address the needs of a changing denomination.”
A conference organizer predicts that the National Elders Conference, part of the Big Tent Aug. 1-3, will be a chance for ruling elders “to connect, to explore issues that they encounter and to hear from others who have been called to serve.”
Theologian, liturgist, musician and artist Cláudio Carvalhaes, convocation speaker at the 60th Synod of Lakes and Prairies Synod School, had this message for the 616 people gathered July 21-27: “I know how you belong to God by the ways that you belong to each other.”
Every hour in Congo 2 women die in childbirth. 17 percent of these maternal deaths are adolescents. Every hour in Congo 29 children under 1 year of age die. 46 percent of those infants are newborns.
House lawmakers late July 23 approved an amendment to a Pentagon spending bill to prevent the appointment of nonreligious military chaplains.
Presbyterians from across the nation will gather in Louisville to celebrate the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Big Tent conference on August 1–3 at the Kentucky International Convention Center. The conference will culminate with a community-wide street party to commemorate the organization’s 25th year in Louisville and the 30th anniversary of the reunion that formed the PC(USA).
The street party will take place at the Presbyterian Center, located downtown at 100 Witherspoon Street and on 2nd Street (between Washington and Witherspoon Streets, on August 3 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.