Three prophetic women have been named recipients of the 2014 Women of Faith Award by the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) during its board meeting here.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board recommends that this summer’s 221st General Assembly send a revised Directory of Worship to the larger church for comment and study. If approved, the revision would be added to the Book of Order at the 222nd Assembly (2016).
Being Reformed: The Confession of Belhar introduces Presbyterians to the major themes of the Belhar Confession: unity, reconciliation, and justice. It explores what it means to be a confessional church and confess faith in the face of racism in its various forms.
“We believe deeply that [the Confession of] Belhar is a word from God to our church at this time,” the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick told the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) and the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board in twin presentations here Feb. 6.
With no new nominations from the floor and a unanimous vote, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board elected its new chair and vice chair Feb. 5.
The Rev. Marilyn Gamm will serve a two-year term as the board’s chair, beginning with the adjournment of this summer’s 221st General Assembly and ending with the adjournment of the 222nd Assembly (2016).
Josephene Stewart will serve a two-year term as the board’s vice chair, with her term beginning and ending at the same time as Gamm’s.
Qadeer Abbasi is recovering from a broken arm in his two-room shanty home not far from the capital, Islamabad. On Nov. 15, Abbasi, 34, offered noontime Friday prayers at Madrassa Taleem ul Quran when the seminary was attacked by a procession of Shiite mourners. Besides the
Amid recommendations that the 221st General Assembly (2014) encourage and challenge mid-councils and congregations to get involved in the 1001 movement, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board members received good news about the number of new worshiping communities that have started.
“Right now at nearly 200, we are ahead of the curve, ” said Philip Lotspeich of the mission agency’s Evangelism and Church Growth Office-
After a similar recommendation was not approved by the 220th General Assembly (2012), the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board is recommending that this summer’s 221st Assembly vote to divest from three companies until “they have ceased profiting from non-peaceful pursuits in Israel-Palestine.”
The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation has started 2014 on a high note, coming off a year of record sales and moving in exciting new directions.
The abortion rate in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level since the procedure became legal in 1973, according to a new data analysis that reflects a 13