“Mrs. McGill, I am sorry to call and tell you that the student you called me about earlier died during third term last school year. She [became] pregnant and left school. I just found out she died.”
This news was from the headmaster of one of the schools through which the Scholarship Fund had supported a student. I had called to confirm her enrollment for this academic year before the fund administrator authorized payment for term 1 fees.
In order to take some-much needed time off and to allow readers to focus on family and congregation during the Christmas holiday, the Presbyterian News Service (PNS) will be closed, except for breaking news, from Dec. 20-Jan. 2.
Five of Alaska’s senior religious leaders, including the executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Yukon, are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to meet its goal in assessing the possible impacts of mining in the area.
He’s a man with a ton of titles — Prince of Peace, Son of God, Shepherd of Souls — but now Jesus has one more: the biggest name in human history. Ever.
When the youth group of First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Ill., decided to take a mission trip to Joplin, Mo., its first call was to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Group members never imagined the devastation that they would see in Joplin. Four of them were so inspired by the experience that they, along with the group’s leader, wrote a song, “Turn Us Into Miracles (Song for Joplin),”which stood out as something special even from its debut performance.
A group of bishops (Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran and United Methodist) and a Presbyterian mission co-worker, all based along the U.S.-Mexico border, found common ground to jointly address some key immigration issues, especially those being played out in Arizona.
When theologian, professor and writer William Placher died in 2008, he left behind a legacy of generosity, education and mission — and books. Lots of books.
That legacy — and those books — will live on at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt (ETSC). Placher posthumously donated a large portion of his library to the seminary, making his gift the largest gift of books from overseas the seminary has received in the past 15 years. And because the library came from a working theologian, the books received are current, relevant and fill a significant deficit in the library’s holdings.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) deeply grieves the deaths of more than 500 people in the Republic of South Sudan and stands in prayer for the over 800 wounded there following recent outbreaks of violence in Africa’s newest country. The denomination is actively responding through World Mission, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and its partners, and is also calling for prayer for our mission co-workers, our South Sudanese church and ecumenical partners, and all South Sudanese people.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Presbyterian World Mission are compelled to help more than 90,000 displaced people, mostly Murle, in South Sudan who fled inter-ethnic conflict and gross human rights violations by the South Sudanese military. Our goal is to provide food, emergency supplies, trauma recovery and peace building support.
When Silumesii Mubiana’s 86-year-old uncle fell ill with hypertension, Mubiana bypassed closer government-run hospitals, traveling instead to the church-run Macha Mission Hospital 25 miles away.