This Saturday, Dec. 17, you are invited to join with worshippers in Bethlehem, Washington and around the world for the fifth annual joint simulcast Christmas service.
GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich ignited an audience of Republican Jewish activists Dec. 7 by promising to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
But he was just getting started.
Muslim clergy in Arab villages in southern Israel are adding safe-driving messages to their sermons after taking a course in the town of Rahat that highlights the dangers of careless driving and rough local roads.
The National Council of Churches in the U.S.A. (NCC) will continue to press for normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, an end to the 53-year-old U.S. embargo of Cuba and release of the “Cuban Five” held in U.S. prisons, NCC General Secretary Michael Kinnamon told a packed press conference here Dec. 2.
Perched on Tel Kinrot, a hill above the Sea of Galilee, Winston Mah turned his face toward the warm sun and took in the tranquil view before him.
To his right, the Christian pilgrim from San Diego saw banana groves at the edge of the calm fresh-water lake; to his left, on the opposite hill, rose the majestic Mount of Beatitudes at Tabga, where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount.
“This is a unique experience,” Mah said, gazing at a lone fisherman on the water’s edge. “This is the view Jesus must have seen, the path he might have walked, the water he walked on. It’s a privilege to walk in his footsteps.”
In the two months since the “Occupy” movement spread around the world, protesters in several cities are setting up camp around cathedrals, with varying reactions from clergy and parishioners. In the United Kingdom, observers say the trend is forcing churches to reflect on their mission and demonstrates a search for values.
Congregational Ministries Publishing of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is highlighting several titles that are sound in the Reformed tradition as gifts for Christmas.
Beginning in October 2011, the “Give a Gift with Spirit” electronic campaign has reached out to hundreds of pastors and Christian educators subscribed to the Congregational Ministries Publishing and We Believe e-newsletter lists. Fans of the publisher’s Facebook pages also are keeping up with the season’s most popular sellers in Reformed theology.
Nearly a year after southern Sudanese citizens voted to split from northern Sudan and form a new country, the Sudan Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met here to worship, share stories and discuss mission in the two countries.
In a move to create an “opportunity for dialogue and depth,” the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and Sri Shruti Dharma Das Ji launched the Hindu Christian Forum Nov. 25 at Lambeth Palace, according to a Church of England news release.