Over the past 16 years, the suicide rate in the U.S. has jumped by more than 30%. Churches today play a pivotal role in the nation’s suicide epidemic, creating safe spaces for those walking in darkness to talk openly and heal. The PC(USA)’s 2018 General Assembly urged congregations to get involved in the important work of suicide prevention. This issue of Presbyterians Today examines what some of our churches are doing to make a difference and shows what you can do to help.
Although summer is not a liturgical season, it is a holy time for sabbath, introspection and listening for where God and the world is calling us next. Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty of the Theological Education Fund at the Presbyterian Foundation writes a lectionary preview for July that invites pastors and their congregations to consider their baptism.