Gita, a toddler, sits on her mother’s lap, her head lying on the table in front of them so quietly she might be napping. It is as if she is willing her mother, Hiromis, to concentrate on her studies in the Superior Ecumenical Institute of Religious Sciences (ISECRE), a weekly interfaith academic program of the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Theological Seminary (SET) in nearby Matanzas.
미국의 종교 지도자 500여명과 종교 단체 111곳이 국회에 가족 수감이나 별거확대 제안을 거부할 것을 촉구하는 공개 서한을 보냈다. 망명 신청자, 비 동반 소아 및 기타 취약 계층을 보호하기 위하여 부당한 구금과 추방을 조장하는 자금을 삭감했다. 믿음을 가지고 있다고 주장하는 국회의원들은 부모에게서 강제로 나뉘어진 어린이들에 대한 염려 이상의 표현을 해야 한다.
Ministry candidates talk about them. Moderators share them with session members during meetings. Pastors do sermon series on them. “They” are the Great Ends of the Church — statements crafted in the early 20th century to guide the vision and mission of the Presbyterian Church. But who can recite all six Great Ends? (Be honest.) And what do these Great Ends look like when lived out? Presbyterians Today explores how congregations embrace these guiding principles in ways that show their communities the power of love in action.
Denise Anderson, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has accepted a new position with the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Anderson has been called as the new coordinator for racial and intercultural justice, working in connection with the agency’s Compassion, Peace & Justice and Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries.
More than 500 religious leaders and 111 faith-based organizations have sent an open letter urging Congress to reject proposals to expand family incarceration or separation; uphold protections for asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable populations; and cut funding that fuels immoral detention and deportations. Members of Congress who claim to have faith must do more than express concern for children forcibly taken from their parents.
Presbyterian signers of the letter included the Reverend J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) General Assembly; the Reverend Jimmie Hawkins, director of the denomination’s Office of Public Witness; former General Assembly Moderator the Reverend Fahed Abu-Akel; and nearly forty Presbyterian leaders of congregations, presbyteries, and seminaries.
The plaque describing the shared history of two Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churches is on prominent display for everyone to see as they exit the sanctuary of the 3,000-member First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.
When the people of Zimbabwe go to the polls on Monday, July 30, it will be the first time since the country gained independence in 1980 that Robert Mugabe’s name will not appear on the presidential ballot.
At the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) one of the Middle East resolutions that was approved in record time was a Commissioners Resolution (12-10) “On Gaza Violence,” expressing “profound grief and sorrow for the families of all Palestinians killed in the Great March of Return protests at the Gaza border.”
Too often we hear about something that is successful for another church and, when we look into it, our immediate thought is “that won’t work here.” We often reject what it is before understanding why it works. Why it works is about inner connection, not surface trappings.
En su libro en inglés, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (Deje que su vida hable: escuchar una voz para la vocación), Parker J. Palmer escribe sobre el ateísmo funcional, la creencia de que Dios está distante y la responsabilidad final de todo depende de nosotros. El ateísmo funcional confiesa durante el domingo por la mañana de que Dios es el soberano Señor de la creación, mientras durante el resto de la semana actúa como si realmente se tratara de nosotros y de lo que hacemos. Si en lo más profundo de nuestro corazón realmente creemos que estamos solos en el universo para valernos por nosotros mismos, las iglesias tenderán a funcionar como proyectos religiosos de bricolaje en lugar de ser avanzadas del Reino de Dios.