A senior Turkish Protestant has said his country’s small Christian churches still face severe hardships, despite recent pledges by the government to improve protection of religious rights.
A Smithsonian museum is restoring the “Jefferson Bible,” a unique volume the third president cut and pasted himself ― omitting lots of theology ― from portions of the New Testament.
Last month, the General Assembly’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) committee concluded a successful engagement with Time Warner, ensuring that the company is dedicated to following its own ethical sourcing policy with its suppliers.
“This is a glowing example of the potential for the work of MRTI,” said the Rev. Brian Ellison, chairman of the committee. “This is what MRTI is for.”
Katharina Kunter came upon the World Council of Churches (WCC) as an object of research through the discipline of Cold War studies, analyzing the encounter of Christian bodies in East and West from the end of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
What happens when the contested legacy of America’s most famous 20th-century theologian meets the harsh political realities of the 21st?
The Russian Orthodox Church has formalized its work in prisons across Russia by signing a formal agreement with the country’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) that emphasizes not only spiritual support to prisoners, but to prison staff as well.
After years of downsizings and organizational changes, the office of Collegiate Ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is back — and a newly assembled task force is working to discern the state and future of collegiate ministry within the church.
The 219th General Assembly (2010) re-established the office and called for a strategy for collegiate ministry to be presented to the 220th GA (2012).
To that end, a task force will study, consult and highlight the need for collegiate ministry while working to come to an understanding of the state of the PC(USA)’s collegiate ministries.
Where is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) headed?
I wish I knew.
Serious, engaged, and exciting discussion about what our future will, or should, look like is going on all around the church.
The discussion is taking many forms. Presbyteries are talking about what a “missional polity” really means as they debate the merits of the proposed new Form of Government. The Commission on Middle Governing Bodies is actively seeking input on how presbyteries and synods can best help us proclaim the gospel effectively (check out commission moderator Tod Bolsinger’s engaging blog posts.
U.S. anti-poverty advocates have launched a 40-day Lenten campaign to put the issue of global poverty into sharper focus.
When uncounted thousands have died in a disaster such as last week’s earthquake and tsunami, where will the Japanese people find spiritual strength?