For a long weekend this fall, 28 seminarians from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined with other church leaders to explore the changing landscape of ministry.
For many of us, Dec. 26, 2004, was the day after Christmas. But as thousands in the United States headed for shopping centers to return gifts, people living along the coast of Indonesia were about to experience one of the deadliest natural disasters in history.
For many of the police officers, fire fighters, health care workers and other employees called to work on Christmas Eve in two small northwest Kansas towns, a silent night need no longer be a lonely night.
“What would you like to do for Christmas this year?” the new worshiping community leaders asked their children.
Pastor Gad Mpoyo of Shalom International Ministry in Clarkston, Georgia, still remembers the immigrant and refugee children pondering the question.
Their answer blew him away.
The film Exodus: Gods and Kings is upon us. Released Dec. 12, it is bound to be a blockbuster with director Ridley Scott at the helm, so now is a good time to look back and see how in the past Hollywood has turned Moses into a movie star. Click here for part one of this series.
Presbyterian pastor B.J. Woodworth understands how terrifying silence can be.
En el día de hoy presenciamos las intervenciones televisadas de los presidentes de Cuba y los Estados Unidos en las que ambos mandatarios reconocieron la necesidad de poner fin a la hostilidad de más de medio siglo y restablecer las relaciones diplomáticas entre nuestros dos países para ir dando pasos que conduzcan a la normalización de las relaciones. También fue divulgada la grata noticia de la liberación del Sr. Alan Gross y otros encarcelados en Cuba, así como de los tres prisioneros cubanos en territorio norteamericano, que permite su ansiada reunificación familiar.
Today, we witnessed the televised intercessions of the presidents of Cuba and of the
United States in which both recognized the necessity of putting to an end the hostility of
more than half a century and of reestablishing diplomatic relations between our two
countries that will lead to normalizing our relationship. We also heard the welcome news
that Mr. Alan Gross and some others imprisoned in Cuba, as well as the three Cuban
prisoners being held in North American territory, have been freed, permitting their
reunification with their families.
This is the time of year when we give thanks for what we have and when we think of giving gifts to others. Mary Kay Gentry-Bartko found a way to do both through her gift to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Financial Aid for Service office. This gift will go to scholarships that help today’s students succeed.
The Office of Public Witness of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) rejoices in the news of the release of U.S. citizen Alan Gross from prison in Cuba, along with the release of Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, and Ramón Labañino, three Cubans being held in prison in the United States. The release of these prisoners has opened the way for historic changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba.