Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding — a new curriculum of biblically based mini-courses published by Congregational Ministries Publishing of the PC(USA) — has released an introductory study for congregations discussing the Confession of Belhar.
The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), issued the following statement in response to the bombing in Jerusalem today.
A group of eight students and two advisors from the University of Arizona Presbyterian Campus Ministry (PCM) ― along with 13 Peruvian partners and youth and PC(USA) mission worker Jed Koball ― were attacked in La Oroya, Peru March 16 as they painted a mural near the troubled Doe Run Company smelter there.
Humanitarian and advocacy groups are marking the March 22 commemoration of World Water Day with renewed focus on the need for “water justice.”
The White House is hoping to recruit America’s college and seminary students in a nationwide interfaith service campaign that was launched on March 17.
The sudden spread of “democratic liberation” in the Middle East means that a discussion needs to begin on whether secularism has a future in Middle East democracies, said historian Simon Schama in a March 8 lecture at Cambridge University.
Sometimes being a pastor is a real pain.
A week after the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan, killing thousands the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continues to pray, solicit donations and work with partners to form a response to the disasters.
As of March 16, more than 11,500 people had been killed or are missing, with thousands more thought to be unaccounted for. Also a major concern is the threat of radiation exposure from multiple nuclear power plants.
The PC(USA) has nine mission workers living and working across Japan. By March 16, World Mission had confirmed that all are safe.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has sent $100,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds to partner Church World Service. PDA also set up a fund for donations to the Japan earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts. As of March 17, that fund had received about $70,000.
Old Stone Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Western Reserve is hosting its third annual Lenten Leadership Series on Wednesdays during Lent.
Church organizations on both sides of the Atlantic are urging NATO to remove all United States nuclear weapons still based in Europe and end their role in the alliance’s policy.