자신의 저서 '삶의목소리를말해보자'에서 파커 J. 파머Parker J. Palmer는 기능적 무신론, 신은 먼데 있으며 모든 것에 대한 궁극적인 책임은 우리에게 있다는 신념에 대해 쓰고 있습니다. 기능적 무신론자는 일요일 아침에는 하나님께서 창조 주권자이심을 고백하지만, 나머지 일주일 동안은 그것이 정말로 우리와 우리에 관한 것처럼 행동한다고 고백합니다. 우리의 가장 깊은 마음 속에 우리가 우주에 남겨져 있어 우리 자신을 위해 스스로를 지키고 있다고 믿는다면, 교회는 하나님 왕국의 전초 기지가 아닌 종교적인 DIY 프로젝트처럼 기능하는 경향이 있습니다.
In his book, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, Parker J. Palmer writes about functional atheism, the belief that God is distant and the ultimate responsibility for everything rests on us. Functional atheism confesses on Sunday morning that God is the sovereign Lord of creation, while acting during the rest of the week as if it’s really all about us and what we do. If in our deepest heart we really believe we are pretty much left alone in the universe to fend for ourselves, churches will tend to function like religious do-it-yourself projects instead of being outposts of the Kingdom of God.
The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations has played host this week to a group of doctoral students from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. The ten students and faculty have been taking a week-long seminar course entitled 'The Church in a World of Displaced Persons.'
Congregants at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin are getting a snapshot of four countries around the world this month through the lens of Presbyterian mission work. The ministries of Presbyterian mission co-workers in Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia and South Sudan are being highlighted in worship during the first four Sundays in July.
On June 19, Antwon Rose was looking forward to his upcoming birthday. Until his life was cut short by police bullets fired into his back, as he ran unarmed, from police in East Pittsburgh.
Let’s paint the big picture. Pretrial detention is a key contributor to the ballooning incarcerated population over the last fifteen years. It accounts for 99 percent of jail growth. Every day an average of 700,000 people are condemned to local jails and separated from their families. About 62 percent of those in jail are not serving time; they are simply awaiting trial for what is typically a non-violent misdemeanor.
Applications are now being received for the new parent loan program through the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Available for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members, the parent loan, administered through Financial Aid for Service, offers a six percent interest rate.
More than a dozen wildfires have been burning across Colorado and parts of Utah and California in recent weeks, leaving a path of destruction that includes nearly 300 homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that firefighters appear to have gained the upper hand in most of the fires.
Two months ago, peaceful protestors in Nicaragua were brutally attacked by forces loyal to the government. The ensuing unrest has resulted in the death of nearly 300 people and many Nicaraguans won’t leave their homes for fear of being shot. A special commission of the Organization of American States is investigating the government’s involvement in the violence.
Mary Mikhael is a familiar face in Presbyterian circles. For years, she has met with churches, synods and seminaries about the ongoing crisis in Syria. This fall, she returns to the U.S. once again as an international peacemaker.