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April 20, 2018

More than 220 Presbyterians have gathered at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., for Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day, which kicks off Ecumenical Advocacy Days. The annual gathering brings Presbyterians together to engage in issues of national and international interest. The theme for this year’s event is “A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People.”

April 19, 2018

Presbyterians will be joining millions of people worldwide on April 22 to commemorate Earth Day, an annual awareness campaign focusing on earth care and the need to protect the planet from harmful pollution and degradation.

Educadores certificados ahora pueden administrar su información en línea

April 19, 2018

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Oficina de la Asamblea General

por Martha Miller

Gerente de Recursos para Ancianos(as) Gobernantes y Certificación para Educadores

LOUISVILLE

Nueve personas presbiterianas, quienes se convirtieron en educadores cristianos certificados en la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.) en el 2017, son el primer grupo de educadores certificados que ahora pueden administrar su información relacionada con la certificación en línea en vez de llenar formularios impresos.

A principios del 2018, se implementó un nuevo sistema de datos completamente electrónico para educadores que están trabajando hacia la certificación, para aquellas personas que son designadas por su presbiterio para servir como asesor(a) de certificación de educadores y aquellas que han completado el proceso de certificación de educadores.

공인교육사는 이제 온라인으로 정보를 관리 할 수 있다

April 19, 2018

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총회 사무국

마사 밀러Martha Miller

사역장로 자료 및 공인교육사 관리자

루이빌

2017년 미국장로교회에서 공인 기독교 교육사가 된 9명의 장로교인들은 서류 양식이 아닌 온라인으로 공인 관련 정보를 관리 할 수 있는 공인교육사 중 첫 번째 그룹이 된다.

2018년 초, 공인을 향한 노력을 하는 교육사, 노회가 공인교육사 고문으로 임명한 자, 공인교육사 과정을 완료한 자를 위해 새롭고 완전한 전자 데이터 시스템이 도입되었다.

Certified educators can now manage their information online

April 19, 2018

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Office of the General Assembly

Martha Miller

Manager of Ruling Elder Resources & Educator Certification

LOUISVILLE

Nine Presbyterians who became Certified Christian Educators in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2017 are the first group of certified educators who can now manage their certification-related information online rather than through paper forms.

At the beginning of 2018, a new and completely electronic data system was rolled out for educators who are working their way toward certification, those who are appointed by their presbytery to serve as an educator certification advisor, and those who have completed the educator certification process.

April 19, 2018

Not too long ago our presbytery meeting was held at a cathedral-like church with thick stone, intricate stained glass and a grand, high pulpit. As I climbed the steps to the pulpit, I swear the air got thinner. When I got to the top and behind the mic, I felt like I was commanding a starship. There was a smooth wooden shelf encircling the area, like an expansive console surrounding me, but without flashing computer screens. I felt like I could pilot the church straight to heaven. As I looked down upon my colleagues something inside me felt strange. Then I realized what it was. I had pulpit envy.

April 18, 2018

A group of 40 mid council leaders has written a statement urging the 2018 General Assembly to vote down a proposed General Assembly per capita increase– saying the proposed increase of 39 percent from 2018 to 2019 and another 7 percent from 2019 to 2020 feels like “taxation without representation.”

April 18, 2018

In response to a referral from the 222nd General Assembly (2016) directing the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns (ACREC) to work with the Office of Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries (RE&WM) of the Presbyterian Mission Agency to determine more appropriate terminology than “racial-ethnic,” ACREC has recommended that the 223rd General Assembly (2018): Direct all six agencies to the PC(USA) to move forward changing the “racial-ethnic people” to “people of color” in all documents, parlance and programs from this point forward; Direct ACREC to change its name to change its name to Racial Equity Advocacy Committee (REAC); and Direct the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and the Committee on the Office of General Assembly (COGA) to change ACREC to REAC in all documents, parlance and programs.

April 18, 2018

When First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, Illinois, celebrated 150 years of ministry in 2008, it wanted to both cherish the past and embrace the future.

April 17, 2018

Satoe Soga was 11 and miserable. She’d just moved from Taiwan to Japan with her parents, who were ordained Presbyterian ministers. Her father had been called to a Taiwanese congregation there.

April 17, 2018

What role does the church play in advocating for women’s equality? Pastor Erin Wathen argues it must play a much larger role than it historically has. While the rhetoric against women and their bodies has changed as women’s roles in public life have evolved, so too has misogyny.

April 16, 2018

Saying Palestinians have a right to demonstrate peacefully and with dignity in their decades-long conflict with Israel, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has joined 14 other Christian denominations and organizations in a joint statement, calling for an end to violence in the region.

April 16, 2018

Westminster John Knox Press is pleased to announce the release of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians. In this book, transgender advocate and Christian, Austen Hartke, guides readers through an introduction to gender theory and examines passages from Scripture to make the case for transgender inclusion in the church.

그리스도의 몸

April 16, 2018

Office of the General Assembly

Joan Gray

너희는그리스도의몸이요지체의부분이라. (고린도전서 12:27) 

많은 면에서 교회는 대부분의 조직과 매우 흡사합니다. 그러나 한 가지 중요한 측면에서 우리는 본질적으로 다릅니다: 교회는 그리스도의 몸입니다. 교회는 예수님께서 죽으셨기 때문에 존재합니다. 14세기의 작가 줄리안 노르위치Julian of Norwich는 십자가 위에서 우리를 낳아주신 영적 어머니인 예수님에 관해 이야기 하면서 놀라운 관계를 포착합니다. 이것은 친밀감, 순종과 사랑의 유대감입니다. 그의 죽음과 부활을 통해 우리는 집합적으로 새로운 창조물인 그리스도의 몸이 됩니다. 이런 식으로 교회는 조직들 사이에서 독특합니다.

44 years ago, a young Presbyterian pastor stood on the floor of the Presbyterian General Assembly and held up a sign that read, “Is Anyone Else Out There Gay?”Four years later, after the 1978 Presbyterian ruling that openly LGBTQ people could not serve in official leadership of the church, several Presbyterian churches who took issue with the ruling, declared themselves to be “More Light” churches, believing there was “yet more light to shine forth on the scriptures,” regarding the place of LGBTQ people in the life and leadership of the church.

The courageous acts of Reverend Sindt and those earliest churches sparked the beginnings of More Light Presbyterians. They knew the Spirit was calling them to shine their light on the darkness of ignorance, of isolation, of the mistreatment of God’s beloved LGBTQ children by a denomination which, at the time, failed to recognize the myriad of gifts brought by LGBTQ people. They knew the Spirit was them, and they courageously followed.

In the years since its humble, yet daring beginning, More Light has been at the forefront of LGBTQ organizing and advocacy efforts in the PC(USA) and in the world. We provide resources, education, and tools for faith leaders to fully welcome LGBTQ individuals into the life of their congregations. In addition, we work with interfaith and secular partners to build opposition to discriminatory legislation like North Carolina’s HB2 or “bathroom bill.” By creating communities where LGBTQ individuals know they will be fully seen and affirmed as the beautiful children of God they truly are, the More Light family has broken through the barriers of isolation and prejudice LGBTQ people experienced at the hands of the church for far too long.

For 40 years, More Light has worked with congregations to set the table of welcome for all who are hungry. This Thursday, April 19th, is Give OUT Day, the ONLY national day of giving specifically for the LGBTQ community. On Give Out Day, your support will enable us to share the meal. Through our various programs, we help congregationsbuild their capacity and develop new skills to deepen their welcome to LGBTQ people within their churches and in their wider communities.

We hope you will give to More Light on ThursdayThe table is set. Help us share the meal.

El cuerpo de Cristo

April 16, 2018

Office of the General Assembly

Joan Gray

Cada uno de ustedes es parte de la iglesia, y todos juntos forman el cuerpo de Cristo. (I Corintios 12:27) 

En muchos sentidos, la iglesia se parece mucho a la mayoría de las organizaciones. Sin embargo, en un aspecto crucial, somos esencialmente diferentes: la iglesia es el cuerpo de Cristo. La iglesia existe porque Jesús murió y resucitó de la muerte por nosotros(as). Julián de Norwich, escritor del siglo XIV, captura algo de esta increíble relación al hablar de Jesús como nuestra madre espiritual, que nos dio a luz en la cruz. Este es un vínculo de intimidad, obediencia y amor. A través de su muerte y resurrección, somos colectivamente una nueva creación: el cuerpo de Cristo. De esta manera, la iglesia es única entre las organizaciones.

The Body of Christ

April 16, 2018

Office of the General Assembly

Joan Gray

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (I Corinthians 12:27)

In many ways the church looks pretty much like most organizations. However, in one crucial respect we are essentially different: the church is the body of Christ. The church exists because Jesus died and rose from death for us. The 14th century writer Julian of Norwich captures something of this amazing relationship in talking about Jesus as our spiritual mother, giving birth to us on the cross. This is a bond of intimacy, obedience, and love. Through his death and resurrection we are collectively a new creation: the body of Christ. In this way, the church is unique among organizations.

April 13, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Niles Reimer is an unassuming presence in any setting and that’s the way he likes it. For Reimer, a return visit in January to Gambella town in Western Ethiopia was the chance to see dear friends and make new memories with generations of young Christians. His many contributions include translating the Anywaa Bible, which made it possible for the Anywaa people to read the scriptures in their own language.

April 13, 2018

In just five months, Presbyterian churches across the U.S. will be hosting the 2018 International Peacemakers. This year, 10 peacemakers are expected to take part in the annual event, sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

April 12, 2018

Every March, goats hold a place of honor at Sherrill’s Ford Presbyterian Church. Inspired by the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, the North Carolina congregation highlights how goats improve people’s lives in the developing world. Then members are invited to give toward the congregation’s collective purchase of goats through the catalog.

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