The recent sale of a historic South Dakota property, originally intended for a Native American Presbyterian congregation, has been designated as an unexpected gift to future generations of Native American Presbyterians.
The property, located in Bennett County, S.D., was deeded to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on May 27, 1913, by President Woodrow Wilson in order to encourage the development of a Native American Presbyterian church in the area.
Proceeds from the property’s sale in September will serve to fund the 2012 Native American Presbyterian Consultation, a churchwide initiative that was recommended in the Native American Supplemental Report received by the 219th General Assembly (2010). The consultation is scheduled for January 24-26, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz.
The cause of demonstrators involved in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement would have been supported by John Calvin, the 16th century church reformer who helped shape modern-day Protestantism, says the general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).
With rainfall, increased humanitarian aid and military operations inside Somalia, the movement of migrants into Dadaab, the world’s biggest refugee complex, has greatly declined, a Christian relief agency official said.
Walking across the tidy campus of Bob Jones University (BJU) here, there’s no obvious sign this bastion of Christian fundamentalism is also home to one of the nation’s largest collections of Renaissance and Baroque religious art from the heart of Catholic Europe.
The Presbyterian Church has been home to Minna Kara Pritchard since the first grade.
Today the college freshman – who is originally from College Park Ga. – is completing her first semester at Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) with the assistance of the National Presbyterian College Scholarship (NPCS) program. NPCS, which was started in partnership with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s related colleges and universities in the 1950s, is designed to assist Presbyterian students attending Presbyterian-related schools.
“It feels like it’s a good fit for me,” said Pritchard of her new school.
Pritchard’s Presbyterian family is incredibly important to her. Through the years, she has taken advantage of all that the connectional church community has to offer, discovering and exploring her own gifts and finding her voice.
Effective elders are humble elders, the Revs. Mark Martin and Gary Burnett told those elders attending Elder 102 training, sponsored by the Presbytery of East Iowa, at United Presbyterian Church in October.
The cash-strapped Crystal Cathedral’s pending transformation from a Protestant megachurch to a Roman Catholic cathedral should teach pastors not to spend millions on ornate buildings, a megachurch scholar says.
Mainline churches in India have prepared a suggested version of anti-corruption legislation and sent it to the government, which is drafting comprehensive anti-corruption legislation to be presented in Parliament in early December.
“Pray” and “beg for a miracle” that the U.S. embargo of Cuba will end, the leader of this island nation’s National Assembly told a visiting group of 15 U.S. church leaders here Nov. 28 at the beginning of their five-day visit.
Before electricity came to her village, Nihad Moor, 25, sometimes spent more than half the day doing housework. A set of solar panels installed two years ago in this small South Hebron Hills village made her life a bit easier.
Now she is afraid that if a final demolition order issued in October by the Israeli Civil Administration for the solar installation is carried out, the village will be without electricity again.