Each Christmas, Grandpa would give Jim Withers $50 to help with the holidays. It was an awkward gift because Withers is a fully employed adult—a medical doctor in little need of financial support.
As part of a weeklong celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence was shown to more than 100 attendees at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta last week. The hour-long documentary, which was developed with funds from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), aims to shift the conversation about gun violence prevention from the polarizing extremes that often dominate the debate and to frame the dialogue as a public health issue that needs to be addressed from various angles.
The news that President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27 brightened a snowy Tuesday morning for Catholics who see a broad overlap between the president’s agenda and the pontiff’s repeated denunciations of income inequality and “trickle down” economics, and his support for the poor and migrants.
Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather’s little boy is just an infant, but he’s already gained the attention of the media. That’s because Jordan is the first American baby ever born in South Sudan. It’s a joyful moment in a time of challenge.
A number of factors probably contribute to Cuban Christians’ fervent commitment to ecumenism.
I’m going to share some shocking news with you, so prepare yourself. Wait for it … here it comes. We have mission co-workers in Europe! I know, you’re shocked, aren’t you? So often in the church we think of mission work in Africa or Latin America. In many parts of the world people are flocking to the church and often our mission service involves helping to prepare and train people there to meet the spiritual needs in their own nations. Other mission work also involves medical assistance and support. So often we don’t think about Europe as a place that needs mission support. Everyone in Europe is like us, right? Why would they need mission support from the PC(USA)?
The Special Offerings Advisory Task Force is recommending that the current Peacemaking Offering be converted to a Peace and Global Witness Offering to be collected on World Communion Sunday, Oct. 5 of this year.
Global religious hostilities reached a six-year high in 2012 and affected more people than government curbs on religious freedom, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest report on religious restrictions around the world.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy spent three days last week—Jan. 16-18—refining several hefty reports to the upcoming 221st General Assembly next summer in Detroit.
Tony Campolo, a progressive evangelical leader who counseled President Bill Clinton through the Monica Lewinsky scandal, announced Jan. 14 that the organization he founded nearly 40 years ago will close on June 30.