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Stated Clerk announces creation of new leadership position

PC(USA) News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 1:38pm

Experienced OGA staffer appointed to role

May 19, 2017

Ruling elder Kerry Rice

Office of the General Assembly Communications

Louisville, Ky.

The Reverend J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), announced today that Kerry Rice, director of vocational ministries for the Office of the General Assembly (OGA), will transition to a new leadership role within OGA as Deputy Stated Clerk beginning in June 2017. 

쿠바와 미국에 있는 장로교인들이 모여 상호 선교 협약 갱신을 논의함

PC(USA) News - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:19pm

넬슨(Nelson)은 공서기로서 처음으로 쿠바에 출두하다

May 17, 2017

José Luis Casal 이 쿠바에서 열린 모임을 인도함 —Randy Hobson

총회 사무국 통신부

랜디 합슨Randy Hobson

멀티미디어 및 디자인 매니저

"우리는 힘든 때와 좋은 때 언제나 파트너입니다. 힘든 때에 파트너가 된다는 것은 무엇을 의미합니까?" 미국장로교회 지도자들과 La Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Cuba (IPRC)간의 회담에서 세계선교부 디렉터인 호세 루이스 카살(José Luis Casal)이 말문을 열었습니다.

Presbyterians in Cuba and U.S. meet to discuss renewal of Mutual Mission Agreement

PC(USA) News - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:04pm

Nelson makes first trip to Cuba as Stated Clerk

May 17, 2017

José Luis Casal (right) leads the opening devotional for a gathering in Cuba. —Randy Hobson

Office of the General Assembly Communications

Randy Hobson

Manager of Design and Multimedia

“We are partners in hard times but also in good times. What does it mean to be partners in hard times?” began José Luis Casal, director of World Mission, at the opening devotional of a meeting between leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and La Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Cuba (IPRC).

어느 쿠바 목사의 회고록

PC(USA) News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 5:26pm

May 15, 2017

장로교 역사학회(Presbyterian Historical Society)

By 제나퍼 바Jennifer Barr

기술 서비스 및 참고 기록 보관자, 장로교 역사 소사이티

쿠바 혁명 이후 4년 만인 1963년 1월, 전국 선교부 히스파노 아메리카노(Hispano Americano)의 이사회 의장인 도널드 해리스(Donald Harris)는 쿠바로 2주 간의 여행을 가졌으며 섬 전체의 회중을 방문하고 많은 목회자, 직원, 및 교회 교인들과 대화를 나누었다.

해리스는 쿠바의 장로교회 교인들의 교회와 선교 사업이 번성함을 보고하며 그들이 "심오하고 두려움이 없는 영적 삶"[1]을 찾았으며, 출국 허가를 얻었으나 교회를 위해 계속 일하기 위해 쿠바에 남을 계획이었던 많은 장로교인들을 소개하였다.

미국장로교회가 쿠바장로교회에 대한 오랜 지지를 유지하겠다는 약속을 반영하는 상황에 대한 이 스냅 샷은 수천 명의 장로교인들이 직면한 복잡하고 열악한 결정을 전달하지는 못하였다. 이는 바티스타 독재 정권, 혁명, 카스트로 정부의 ...

Memoirs of a Cuban pastor

PC(USA) News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:24pm

May 15, 2017

Manuel Rodríguez with students, Presbytery of Cuba Scrapbook, 1949 —Presbyterian Historical Society

Presbyterian Historical Society

Jennifer Barr

Technical Services and Reference Archivist

In “Memoirs of a Nightmare,” completed in 1968, Rodríguez recounts his experiences during the revolution and his initial optimism—even enthusiasm—about the possibilities for a Cuba newly freed from the depredations of the Fulgencio Batista regime that Castro toppled. In June 1959, Rodríguez left Cuba with his family for a year of study at Princeton Theological Seminary. Friends in Cuba and the United States advised him to remain in the U.S.A. after finishing his Master’s Degree in Theology, but Rodriguez felt his place was in Cuba.

Over the next two years, he watched with growing alarm and dismay as the revolution’s reforms encroached on the work of the Cuban church, and as ideological divisions among church leaders deepened. He gradually became convinced that he could continue serving the church “only at the expense of surrendering … to the will of the regime.”[i] At the April 1962 meeting of the Presbytery of Cuba, Rodríguez requested and was granted dismissal. With the assistance of U.S. friends and the Board of National Missions, he and his family left Havana in September 1962 and were met in Miami by the Reverend Ernest Sosa, pastor of the First Spanish Presbyterian Church.

 

사역장로와 관련하여: 영적 지도자를 위한 월간 시리즈

PC(USA) News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 8:27am

하나님과 가까이 걷기를 찾아서

May 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

다이애나 하이페츠 Diana Cheifetz

어느 한 사려 깊은 90 세의 노인이 하나님에 관해 당신에게 질문하는 것은 매우 고무적인 일입니다. 저에게는 흥미로웠습니다. 그녀의 이름은 매리온이었고, 그녀는 차와 쿠키를 준비하여 새로이 부임한 목회자의 아내인 저를 초대했습니다. 우리가 이야기할 때, 그녀는 그녀의 커피 테이블 아래에 위치한 높게 쌓아 둔 책들, 주로 신학 서적들을 가리켰습니다. 이전의 목회자들은 그녀에게 그것들을 추천했고 그녀는 그 책들 모든 것을 읽었습니다.

Respecto a los/as ancianos/as gobernantes: una serie mensual para líderes espirituales

PC(USA) News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 8:27am

Tratar de caminar más cerca de Dios

May 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

Hay algo tan cautivador acerca de una persona pensativa de noventa años haciendo preguntas acerca de Dios. Estaba intrigada. Su nombre era Marion y por ser la esposa del nuevo pastor, me había invitado para tomar té y comer galletas. Mientras conversábamos, señaló una pila de libros bajo su mesa de centro, sobre todo libros de teología. Los pastores anteriores se los habían recomendado y ella los había leído todos.

Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leaders

PC(USA) News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 8:26am

Finding a Closer Walk with God

May 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

<한국어><Espaňol> There is something so compelling about a thoughtful ninety-year-old asking you questions about God. I was intrigued. Her name was Marion, and she had invited me, the new pastor’s wife, over for tea and cookies. As we chatted, she pointed to a tall stack of books under her coffee table, mostly theology books. Previous pastors had recommended them to her and she had read all of them.

Dirty hands, tired feet, and elevated spirits in St. Louis

PC(USA) News - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:17am

First “Hands and Feet” group comes to town from MSU

May 12, 2017

“Hands and Feet” participants work on a landscaping project as part of their week of service and learning in St. Louis. —Jerry Van Marter

Office of the General Assembly Communications

Jerry Van Marter

St. Louis, Mo.

When General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II, began touting his “Hands and Feet” initiative at last winter’s Montreat College Conference and “Hands and Feet” Manager Andrew Yeager-Buckley talked up the service/learning opportunities of the initiative, the UKirk campus ministry at Michigan State University (MSU) immediately signed on.

A group of MSU students and their campus minister, Neil Myer, traveled to St. Louis this week—the first of what Nelson hopes will be many groups to go to the host city for the 223rd General Assembly (2018) to engage in-depth with communities in need through Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) community outreach ministries in Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery.

Presbyterian Historical Society Presents “Taste of History”

PC(USA) News - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:58pm

May 11, 2017

Presbyterian Historical Society

Fred Tangeman

Communications & Marketing Director

Philadelphia

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) hosted its first outdoor fundraiser Thursday evening, May 4, welcoming more than 200 friends, visitors, and volunteers to its newly renovated courtyard in Society Hill.

“Taste of History: The Boys Are Back in Town” featured food, drinks, and fellowship in front of a building familiar to many church historians and other Presbyterian history enthusiasts—the society’s 50-year-old headquarters at 425 Lombard Street.

PC(USA) leaders decry alleged persecution of gays in Chechnya

PC(USA) News - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:37am

Nelson, De La Rosa appeal based on international law, church policy

May 10, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Communications

Louisville, Ky.

Amid disturbing reports from U.N. human rights officials and others that gay men are being targeted for elimination in Chechnya, top leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have issued a statement expressing “grave concern” for the LGBTQI community in that southern Russian republic.

J. Herbert Nelson, II, to speak at LPTS commencement

PC(USA) News - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 1:30pm

Stated Clerk will be joined by J. Bradley Wigger as baccalaureate preacher

May 4, 2017

Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II

Office of the General Assembly Communications

Jerry Van Marter

Louisville, Ky.

The Reverend J. Herbert Nelson, II, General Assembly Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will be the featured speaker at the 163rd commencement ceremony at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS). The commencement celebration will be Sunday, May 14, at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville.

PC(USA) journalists reap 24 Associated Church Press Awards

PC(USA) News - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 2:08pm

Honors include seven prestigious “Best in Class”

May 1, 2017

Gregg Brekke (left) accepts ACP Award of Excellence for PNS. —Photo by Randy Hobson

Special at Presbyterian News Service

Jerry Van Marter

Chicago

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) journalists won twenty-four awards from the Associated Church Press (ACP) as the oldest and largest Christian press organization presented its “Best of the Christian Press” awards for work published in 2016 at its annual convention April 28.

The honors received by Presbyterian journalists—from nearly 1,000 entries—included seven “Best in Class” awards, the ACP’s highest honors.

More Light celebrates the life of Rev. Dr. Jeff Krehbiel

More Light Presbyterian News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:47pm

Today, beloved More Light pastor and board member Rev. Dr. Jeff Krehbiel died surrounded by his family. Jeff has served as a board member at More Light since 2014, and as a pastor of More Light churches for many years. He shepherded the organization through our marriage ratification effort and into our vision for what’s next. His energy, passion, dedication, and organizing gifts will continue to influence our ministry at More Light for years to come. At our evening worship service at the More Light national conference in 2015 he used his gifts for Biblical Storytelling to share the Word in this video.

The message that night was from Romans 8: 18-25, and stands as a testament of Jeff’s spirit and a poignant reminder of the vision of hope beyond what we can see.

“I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us. The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters. Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice–it was the choice of the one who subjected it–but in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children. We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now. And it’s not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free. We were saved in hope. If we see what  we hope for, that isn’t hope. Who hopes for what they already see? But if we hope for what we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.”

Jeff’s body has been set free, but his spirit will dwell with all of those who are committed to organizing justice and inclusion. A celebration of his life will take place in Washington DC on May 6. More Light’s board and staff continue to hold Jeff’s wife Cheryl, his daughters and his family in our prayers.


Joyce Lieberman leaving OGA to lead Synod of South Atlantic

PC(USA) News - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:08pm

Associate Stated Clerk begins work as synod executive/stated clerk June 1

April 20, 2017

Office of the General Assembly Communications

Jerry Van Marter

The Reverend Joyce Lieberman, director of constitutional interpretation and Associate Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, has been chosen by the Synod of South Atlantic as its new executive/stated clerk. Lieberman will begin her new responsibilities on June 1, 2017, and will be formally elected by the synod at its stated meeting in September 2017. The synod is based in Jacksonville, Florida.

“We believe that the Holy Spirit actively and directly led us to an outstanding candidate to lead our synod into the future,” wrote the synod’s search committee in its announcement of Lieberman’s selection. “We feel confident that … Rev. Lieberman will serve our presbyteries, our leaders, and our churches exceedingly well.”

Mission Presbytery awards “Better Together” grants

PC(USA) News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:37am

April 18, 2017

Office of the General Assembly Communications

Special

San Antonio, Texas

Mission Presbytery, a mid-council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) based here, awarded special grants at its recent gathering to strengthen ties between Presbyterians.  At a time when some congregations have chosen to leave the denomination, the presbytery awarded the grants to reaffirm its belief that the presbytery and its member congregations are “Better Together.”  With funds received from the recent settlement agreement with First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, the Presbytery elected to strengthen the bonds between those who have chosen to stay and witness together to the grace and love of God in Jesus Christ.  

Respecto a los/as ancianos/as gobernantes: una serie mensual para líderes espirituales

PC(USA) News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:10pm

Hijos/as del Pacto

April 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

<English><한국어> Cuando nuestra hija e hijo eran jóvenes, al acostarlos a dormir en la noche, yo hacía la señal de la cruz en sus frentes. Quería que supieran que estaban sellados en Cristo. Muchos años más tarde, durante mi servicio de ordenación como Anciana Docente, nuestra hija, hablando junto a nuestro hijo a su lado, compartió acerca de ese ritual de la hora de acostarse en su niñez.

사역장로와 관련하여: 영적 지도자를 위한 월간 시리즈

PC(USA) News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:50am

언약의 자녀들

April 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

<English><Espaňol> 우리 딸과 아들이 어렸을 때 밤에 잠을 재우며, 저는 십자가의 표식을 그들의 이마에 그렸습니다. 저는 그들이 그리스도 안에서 인침 되었다는 것을 알기를 원했습니다. 몇 년 후, 목사로서의 안수 예식에서, 우리의 딸은 우리 아들과 함께 어린 시절의 취침 시간에 관한 예식에 관해 이야기했습니다. 그리고 나서 그녀는 저의 이마에 십자가의 표식을 그었습니다.

Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leaders

PC(USA) News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:25am

Children of the Covenant

April 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

<한국어><Espaňol> When our daughter and son were young, as we tucked them in at night, I would make the sign of the cross on their foreheads. I wanted them to know that they were sealed in Christ. Many years later, during my ordination service as a teaching elder, our daughter, speaking with our son by her side, shared about that bedtime ritual of their childhood.

Stated Clerk endorses new resource on immigration and sanctuary

PC(USA) News - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:52pm

“Welcome and the law” outlines legal issues for churches considering sanctuary, other activities

April 12, 2017

Office of the General Assembly Communications

As Presbyterians increasingly face legal and other issues around providing welcome and hospitality to immigrants, the Immigration Office of the Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has released a new resource for congregations titled, “Welcome and the Law.”

General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II, has issued a letter to the church, commending the new resource.

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