“We offer our apology. We are sorry. We ask for your forgiveness.” These words were part of a larger statement approved Tuesday by the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations for Candidates (PCC) during its annual meeting at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. The statement is in response to strong reaction from across the denomination on the selection of scripture for the Winter 2023 Bible Exegesis Exam.
Gone now more than four years, the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, one of the foremost educators in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the first Black woman ever ordained by a forebear denomination, lives on in the lives of the scholars whose work relies in no small part on what they learned from her.
Twenty churches and faith-based organizations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have sent a joint letter asking the United States to change its policy toward Cuba to reduce hardships on the Cuban people and to remove hindrances to providing humanitarian assistance.
Speaking to a Presbyterians for Earth Care audience during a webinar last week, the Rev. Dr. Paul Galbreath was able to help viewers read biblical texts — especially those describing the events of Holy Week — from the perspective of the Earth.
In March 1933, a group huddled together to watch the cornerstone laying of a new building for the American Junior College for Women in Lebanon.
The photographs that document this momentous occasion are housed in the personal papers of Frances Pryor Irwin. Irwin was appointed by the Board of Foreign Missions to the Syria Mission in 1921 and taught at the American School for Girls in Beirut. In 1924, she assumed the principalship for the newly formed American Junior College for Women and remained in that position until her resignation from missionary service in 1937.
As many as 10 Christian denominations and church-based organizations are urging President Joe Biden to actively seek peace between Palestinians and Israelis by ending military aid to the Israeli government. In a letter sent to the president over the weekend, the group described the deteriorating human rights situation and rise in violence in both the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.
When Jesus assures the woman who’d suffered 12 years from a flow of blood that “your faith has made you well,” he was stating a truth that applies to people of faith today as well, according to the Rev. Drew Rick-Miller. Rick-Miller, project co-director for Science for the Church, led a webinar last week for the Synod of the Covenant on how faith and faith practices contribute to people’s well-being.
For 12 days in February, 10 travelers came together in the Philippines and Hong Kong to learn about the root causes and current challenges of forced migration and labor trafficking. Both the group’s itinerary and the combination of participants made for a unique and uniquely powerful experience.
The Unification Commission spent the bulk of its Saturday morning together divided into the four teams that will do much of the commission’s work over the coming months.
It took commissioners all day Friday, but by the end of the second day of Unification Commission meetings, the 12-member group had spread the considerable work it must complete over four teams: Governance, Financials, Common Mission and Consultations. Two or three commissioners volunteered themselves for each of the four teams.