As people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador continue to make their way to the Mexico-U.S. border, a delegation of Presbyterian ministers and leaders headed to McAllen, Texas this weekend as part of the Interfaith Caravan of Hope.
It’s been 15 months, but the mere mention of the devastation causes Lourdes Perez’s chin to tremble. Tears fill her eyes.
Day 2 of the A Corporation’s meetings Friday included the kinds of tasks you’d expect of the corporate body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — approving committee charters and recommendations, electing corporate officers to one-year terms and scheduling dates and places for the board’s 2019 meetings. It also included a plea from one of those officers, Mike Miller, the PC(USA)’s chief financial officer: err on the side of over-communicating, and work to allay anxiety over what the “new day” that the A Corporation will mean for the operation of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and, to a lesser degree, the Office of the General Assembly.
기도는 효과적인 영적 지도력을 위해 중요합니다. 우리 중 대부분은 이에 동의하지만, 우리 중 많은 사람들은 기도의 관행에 대해 마음이 편하지 않습니다. 한 가지 이유는 기도는 배우는 행동이며, 상당수의 그리스도인들은 영적으로 도움이 되는 기도 실천을 개발하고 유지하는 방법을 결코 배우지 못했다는 것입니다. 심지어 예수님의 제자들도 얼마 동안 그와 함께 있으면서 이 부적절함을 느꼈습니다.
Prayer is crucial for effective spiritual leadership. Most of us would agree with this, but many of us do not feel good about our practice of prayer. One reason is that prayer is learned behavior, and quite a few Christians have never been taught how to develop and maintain a spiritually nourishing prayer practice. Even Jesus’ disciples felt this inadequacy after being with him for some time.
La oración es crucial para un liderazgo espiritual efectivo. La mayoría de nosotros estaría de acuerdo con esto, pero varios de nosotros no nos sentimos bien con nuestra práctica de la oración. Una de las razones es que la oración es un comportamiento aprendido, y a muchas personas cristianas nunca se les ha enseñado cómo desarrollar y mantener una práctica de oración espiritualmente nutritiva. Incluso los discípulos de Jesús sintieron esta insuficiencia después de estar con él por algún tiempo.
What does peace sound like to the prisoner who writes about it? For the prisoner whose time stretches from months into years, one wonders if there are words of peace in thoughts, prayers and words exchanged between fellow prisoners and few visitors.
Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., has announced that author, scholar and renowned preacher Dr. Frank A. Thomas, the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, will be the 2019 Smyth lecturer.
Looking out at the A Corporation’s board Thursday, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II told the 10 directors his prayer is they’re not seated behind an ordinary corporate table. Make it a praying table, a hoping, dreaming, risk-taking table, the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly urged.
In her 15th year of teaching Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., Karen-Marie Yust had never received an invitation to be part of a conversation like this. She, along with faculty and staff representing seven of the 10 PC(USA) seminaries, gathered around a table last week to offer input on Christian formation — that is shifting its focus from age and stages ministry to intergenerational faith formation.