Jesus’ words to his followers in John 14:1-7 ― “Don’t be afraid” ― “may be the most important words we hear,” said the Rev. Stan Wood of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Wednesday’s (July 17) at the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium PYT) here.
The Rev. Alan C. Thomson, 82, died May 25 after a brief illness. He was a retired Presbyterian minister, overseas missionary and lifelong peace activist.
A graduate of Union Theological Seminary and member of New York City Presbytery, Thomson served pastorates in all five New York boroughs and as a missionary in Iran, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong under the auspices of the National Council of Churches. He was expelled from Singapore in 1973 after leading an anti-Vietnam War protest outside the U.S. Embassy there.
Thomson also served as executive director of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship.
Supporting racial ethnic, multicultural and new immigrant church growth doesn’t come down to one or two groups – but it’s a charge for the whole church.
Nearly half of all Americans — 48 percent — say the growing number of nonreligious people is “bad for society,” according to a poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
Participants in the Compassion, Peace and Justice conference at this summer’s Big Tent shouldn’t expect to sit passively and listen to well-known speakers. Instead, they should be prepared to learn, reflect and act.
Undaunted by temperatures that soared above 100 degrees on the Purdue University campus, more than 5,200 participants at the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium rocked the house at opening worship Tuesday night (July 16).
Jenny and I had been waiting in the coffee shop across the street from the United States Embassy in Lima for nearly three hours before Milagros finally emerged. Jenny jumped up from the table and ran outside to give her a hug.
The LDS church is moving further into the digital age, unveiling plans to do less door-to-door missionary “tracting” and more social media networking to find potential converts.
The fairly commonplace hall where a variety of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) programs, services and wares are on display for the Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) has been transformed into a magical forest of balloon trees.
What has always been an “exhibit hall” is thus the “PYT Treehouse.”
Seminary interns are nothing new. Established churches and new churches alike serve as valuable training grounds for seminary students as they advance in their studies.
“What those (internships) don’t do is give you a taste of what it is like to start something from scratch,” said the Rev. Shannon Kiser, East Coast director for the Presbyterian Centers for New Church Innovation.