Does it matter where you pray, or with whom you pray?
Yes it does, Claudio Carvalhaes, a professor at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, told participants gathered under the Big Tent for the National Multicultural Conference and the Theology, Worship, and Education Conference here.
A program that sends U.S. Presbyterians to Colombia to accompany people displaced by a 62-year civil war received high praise from a Colombian church leader Aug. 2.
What is the biggest question facing the church? The answer from the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Ray Jones may surprise you. “How do we make disciples?” Jones asked at an Evangelism & Church Growth plenary at Big Tent (Saturday 8/3). “If we are making disciples we get church. If we start with structures it won’t necessarily happen.”
Against a background of chants, signs and supportive car honks from passersby, about 40 Presbyterians demonstrated in front of a Wendy’s restaurant here, demanding that the fast-food chain sign onto the Fair Food Program to establish more humane farm labor standards and fairer wages for farmworkers in its tomato suppliers’ operations.
In light of George Zimmerman’s acquittal last month of the murder of Trayvon Martin, a panel of Presbyterian leaders talked race matters Saturday (Aug. 3) at Big Tent.
The gathering of the Presbyterian Seminary Support Network Friday afternoon (Aug. 2) focused on quality of ministry, not mere mechanics of practice.
Think about someone you know who really lives the Christian faith. What does that look like?
This opening exercise sparked lively discussions around tables at 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday (Aug. 3) morning in a plenary session under the Big Tent led by the Rev. Cynthia Campbell, pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville and former president of McCormick Theological Seminary.
By the way they live, other Christians “can call us to a higher and deeper faith,” Campbell explained at the end of the table discussions.
Shelvis Smith-Mather grabs eight volunteers from the audience at the World Mission conference Saturday morning (Aug. 3) plenary at Big Tent. Eight reluctant souls on this sleepy morning come forward, seeming a little apprehensive ― much like Shelvis was when he first entered the mission field in 2008 as a Young Adult Volunteer.
Relationships, collaboration and education are key tools in community organizing, local leaders said at this morning’s (Aug. 3) Compassion, Peace and Justice Big Tent workshop — How to Turn Tables for Jesus: Community Organizing Training.
Jack Haberer, editor of The Presbyterian Outlook magazine and a strong advocate for holding together the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), told those gathered for the Presbyterian Communicators Network luncheon under the Big Tent Aug. 2 that it’s time for the PC(USA) to retune, respond and re-present itself.