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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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  • Together in Christ from Daily Offerings

    Guest Post by Roberta Updegraff

    May 24, 2015 by Tricia McReynolds

    “Thank you, Jesus, for this gift of everlasting life in Community. And thank you for new wineskins—the youngest adults in our midst. Equip them to be the leaders you need. And empower us through prayer and finances to make that happen.”

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  • Prayer "Healthy Cleaning Matters" from Eco-Journey

    May 22, 2015 by Rebecca Barnes

    Healthy Cleaning Matters: Caring for Creation and Congregations

    Theological Reflection and Litany

     

    Introduction:

                I originally wrote this theological reflection and litany for the “healthy cleaning” seminar that we, the Healthy Seminarians – Healthy Church Initiative, held at Columbia Theological Seminary in March 2015.  Since we invited folks from the seminary community, local communities of faith, the neighbors living around the seminary, and some of the local schools, I tried to select a piece of scripture that both spoke to the magnificence of God’s creation and would also be sensitive to the potential religious diversity of those attending the seminar. 

                My ...

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  • Prayer service for people affected by violence or natural disaster from Swords into plowshares

    May 22, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    During an interfaith prayer service at the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations, participants prayed and lit candles for our sisters and brothers affected by violence and natural disasters. 

    For whom do you pray?

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  • Gender Inequality, Non-communicable Diseases, and the SDGs from Swords into plowshares

    May 22, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    by Nathan Jumper and Amelie Clemot

    The NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York and the NGO Committee on Mental Health recently held a panel session in the UN community on the relation between gender equality and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are currently divided into four categories: cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. (Interestingly, a recent Harvard study has listed Mental Health as a fifth category of NCD. However, this is not yet recognized in other official venues.) One of the central discussions at the panel was the economic impact of NCDs. Simply put, they are ...

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  • Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge! from Eco-Journey

    May 21, 2015 by Rebecca Barnes

    In April, dedicated Presbyterians from KS and AL came together to present a webinar on a new "Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge."

     

     

    What would your church do with the saved $ from reducing your utility bills by 10%? Most congregations can easily get to a 10% reduction in energy use, which is great for God's creation AND great for your church budget.

     

     

    If you missed the webinar, you can find the April 2015 webinar at the PHP Webinar page, and all the links: to the webinar itself, as well as to each of the congregations' powerpoints and to the overarching Presbyterian ...

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