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Through the Bible, the cornerstone of our faith, we know the stories of God's efforts to communicate with creation and of creation's response. God communicates through rainbows and burning bush, through earthquakes and fire, and through the still small voice. We pray that God will speak through us as we tell new stories of the faith, life and mission found in Christ's church.

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  • July 2015 - Walk toward a new day from Stated Clerk's Column

    July 1, 2015 by Gradye Parsons

    As I look over the monthly columns that I have written in the past twelve months, I realize that a fourth of them have been about racism. The latest public incident is the murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church (Mother Emanuel) in Charleston, South Carolina. Mother Emanuel is another in a long tragic list of African American churches that have been bombed, burned, shot up, and defaced.

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  • Human rights are for everyone from Swords into plowshares

    June 30, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    by Amelie Clemot

    Human rights are for everyone, no matter who you are or whom you love.

    - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, this year's recipient of the Harvey Milk Medal

    On Friday, June 26, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon welcomed the United States Supreme Court ruling that the US Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. He called this decision a “great step forward for human rights.”

    In the past, the UN has conducted several studies that show that denying couples legal recognition of their relationship leads to widespread discrimination. LGBTI young people are often exposed to stigma, discrimination and violence ...

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  • Protecting children in armed conflict from Swords into plowshares

    June 30, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    by Madeline Bacchus, Sarah Hoyle, and Willa Van Camp

    The 7466th Security Council Meeting focused on children and armed conflict. The primary goal of the meeting was to vote on Resolution 2225 which would recognize child abduction, one of the six grave violations of children's rights, as a criteria for inclusion in  the annex of the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict. The report discusses grave violations that are being committed against children in various parts of the world and includes a list of all the parties cited for committing violations against children in the ...

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  • One Earth! One Family! Celebrations on Papal Encyclical from Eco-Journey

    June 30, 2015 by Rebecca Barnes

    Last Sunday, in appreciation of the papal encyclical on the environment, local churches rang bells while other people of faith gathered in Rome for a global march. These efforts came under an umbrella called "One Earth! One Family!" and came from diverse people.

     

    Members of Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church (IL), a PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregation, gathered to ring their church bell Sunday.

     

    The folks at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian (IL) ringing the bell to celebrate One Earth! One Family! (photo: Rick Johnson)

     

    Meanwhile, Presbyterian minister Neddy Astudillo and others gathered in Rome for a solidarity march. See photos of the ...

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  • justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates from Reimagining the church

    A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates

    June 30, 2015 by Magdalena I. Garcia

     

    Experiential exegesis
    A reflection and confession based on Mark 6:1–6

    by Magdalena I. García

    He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his ...

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