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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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  • Do not undermine efforts to combat human trafficking from Reconciliation

    No Fast Track for Human Trafficking Amendment

    July 27, 2015 by

    Do not undermine efforts to combat human trafficking

    By Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson

    “I was locked up in a cage like the goats and chickens, and all the time, I was surrounded by death. Each day, five or six of us would die, either from illness or were beaten up and shot." These horrifying words come from a Rohingya man from Burma, who became a victim of human trafficking and fortunately managed to escape one of the 28 migrant camps recently uncovered in Wang Kelian, Malaysia.

    The conditions in the camps described by survivors and recent evidence of 139 ...

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  • TLC: Think Like a Christian from Reimagining the church

    Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds

    July 27, 2015 by Jeffrey A. Schooley

     

    Lessons in adoption
    How pet ownership is good training in discipleship

    by Jeffrey A. Schooley

    We Christians sometimes forget something: we are adopted. All of us. We have been redeemed and adopted by God through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Yes, yes, you say, but what does that mean?

    This is precisely where pet adoption comes in.

    According to the Humane Society, “In 2012, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet.” This means that pet ownership is the primary way most of us will come to understand adoption.

    These reflections come—in part—from the wonderful ...

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  • The ADA at 25 from In Spirit and Truth

    Pledge On! and become a part of the nationwide celebration and recommitment to the ADA

    July 26, 2015 by Molly Casteel

    The Presbyterian Church USA marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26th, 1990, President George H. W. Bush, signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Presbyterians have long been advocates for full inclusion of persons with disabilities and active in the national conversations regarding laws and protections.

    To mark this major milestone, there is a pledge we commend to you and your congregations and councils. This pledge is to continue supporting the ADA going forward.  To learn more and sign on go here  for the individual pledge (or follow other links for faith ...

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  • Worship, interfaith day camp, solar lighting, and international partnerships: Earth Care Congregation St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Portland from Eco-Journey

    July 24, 2015 by Rebecca Barnes

    Our newest PC(USA) certified Earth Care Congregation, St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR, already has a well-established and holistic earth care ministry. From working with a local farm to partnering with Bharati Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS) in India, this church is making a huge difference in individual lives and global witness. Involved in hunger and poverty alleviation, disaster response, environmental justice, and interfaith learning, St. Mark Presbyterian Church connects the issues that make social-ecological-economic justice work an important part of Christian discipleship.

     

    During the summer of 2014, the church spent 10 weeks worshipping around the theme of ...

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  • YoRocko Podcast from Reimagining the church

    Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter

    July 24, 2015 by Rocky Supinger

     

    Rocky Supinger talks with Mark Oestreicher
    Mark Oestreicher, a prominent leader in youth ministry and widely-published author, talks about new approaches to youth ministry, the science of adolescent development, coaching, and the Youth Cartel.

     

    <---- Mark Oestreicher has been involved in church ministry his whole life, particularly with tenagers and youth workers. Mark has had a broad experience working in churches in roles ranging from Junior High Pastor to Executive Pastor. For 11 years, Mark was at Youth Specialties in San Diego, an organization that trains and equips church youth workers—the last eight of those years as president. Concurrently, Mark ...

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