The Rev. Homer T. Rickabaugh, 80, died unexpectedly at his home in Statesville, N.C., on Dec. 28. During his illustrious career, he served as a pastor, educator and missionary before concluding his career with the Worldwide Ministries Division of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) developing and nurturing relationships between U.S. Presbyterians and partner churches overseas.
Despite the recent turmoil in much of the Middle East, a group of Presbyterian young adults, primarily from Syria, gathered in fellowship at the Dhour Choueir Conference Center, a ministry of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, from Oct. 31-Nov. 3.
More than a third of Americans believe the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in the “end times” described in the New Testament — a period of turmoil preceding Jesus’ Second Coming and the end of the world.
Most Americans who file income tax returns won’t be affected by proposed changes in how charitable contributions are deducted because they don’t itemize their deductions, federal income tax records show.
While the situation in Guatemala represents a clear setback for communication rights in the region, two other more positive events took place in Latin America to mark 2012 as the year of Indigenous communication.
Gabrielle Douglas, who walked away with the gymnastic gold at the London Olympics, is out with her first book: “Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith.” Douglas, who turns 17 on New Year’s Eve, talked with Religion News Service about her prayer life, her love of matzo ball soup and overcoming homesickness to make it to the Olympics.
Outdoor Christmas Eve services might not be out of the ordinary for congregations in some areas, but they don’t happen every year in Minnesota. After all, this is December and it is Minnesota ― not the most conducive to outdoor anything save for skiing or ice fishing. But conducting an outdoor Christmas Eve service is just what Chain of Lakes Church, a new Presbyterian congregation forming here and in the Lino Lakes area, plans to do today at 4:30 p.m.
On a frosty Saturday afternoon, three days before Christmas, the doors of the Presbyterian Center here opened for a most unusual holiday gathering.
A new production from Odyssey Networks focuses on the power of community during the Christmas season.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a partner of Odyssey Networks. CBS will air the one-hour program, without commercials, starting at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Christmas Eve.
In the wake of historic victories for gay rights supporters in last month's elections, a pair of USA Today/Gallup Polls find growing acceptance among Americans toward gay men and lesbians ― and soaring optimism among gay Americans that issues involving homosexuality will one day no longer divide the nation.