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Managing editor hired for Christian social justice journal, Unbound

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:57pm

May 26, 2017

Unbound, the online social justice journal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is getting a new editor. Henry Koenig Stone has been selected to helm the award-winning journal, sponsored by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP).

Ukrainian peacemaker devotes life to helping at-risk youth

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:37am

May 26, 2017

Although she never planned it as her life’s vocation, Alla Soroka has been actively working with at-risk children since 2005. She found her passion, and her trust in God, working with teenage prisoners, children and orphans living in the streets of her native Odessa, Ukraine. She will be sharing some of her experiences this fall as a 2017 International Peacemaker.

My Faith at Work: My ministry? Eating school lunches

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:00am

May 26, 2017

When I retired from teaching in an inner city high school in Fresno I thought I was done with being involved with the local school district. Twenty-one years as a teacher was enough for me. My retirement plan was to move to San Francisco and get a job with a nonprofit.

Big Tent music director attracts local talent as worship leaders

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:37pm

May 25, 2017

Worship planning is well underway for this year’s Big Tent gathering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis, and musician Paul Vasile has something special in store for attendees. The multitalented musician and worship leader is bringing together a community choir and a host of local musicians to collaborate for services on the campus of Washington University, July 6–8.

Refugee women learn independence, sewing one STITCH at a time

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:37pm

May 25, 2017

Peals of laughter and lively chatter mingled with the whirring and humming of busy sewing machines in the small, makeshift classroom that STITCH volunteers and students now call their temporary hom

German Protestant Kirchentag opens to call for renewal of global order

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:48am

May 25, 2017

Former United States president Barack Obama joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in front of tens of thousands of people on 25 May, the first full day of Germany’s biggest Protestant gathering, the Kirchentag, or church festival.'

Gen-On Ministries curriculum now available from Congregational Ministries Publishing

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:00am

May 25, 2017

The complete series of GenOn’s Faith for Life Bible study curriculum for ages Kindergarten through 8th grade is now available from the PC (USA) Store. Each 25-session course is downloadable and includes the teacher’s guide, student handouts, and ideas for furthering faith formation at home.

Presbyterians join Coalition of Immokalee Workers at Wendy’s shareholders meeting

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 2:01pm

May 24, 2017

As many as 27 supporters of the Fair Food Program (FFP) appeared at the Wendy’s Company annual shareholders’ meeting in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday. The group was hoping to convince the restaurant chain to support the FFP’s efforts to improve human rights and eliminate the exploitation of farmworkers.

Following God’s detour

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:14am

May 24, 2017

One day, while taking a break from studying in the Duke Divinity School library, I got into a conversation that would change the course of my family’s life. As I talked with a stranger, I learned he was the only person in the world with a Ph.D. in New Testament, which is also my field of study, who could speak the particular language of the country where he was training Christians for ministry. This really struck me.

«No estamos muriendo, nos estamos reformando»

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:54am

Aspectos significativos del reporte estadístico del 2017

May 24, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly


Estamos dirigiéndonos hacia un nuevo futuro como denominación.

"우린 죽지 않았습니다. 우리는 개혁하고 있습니다."

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:46am

2017 통계 보고서의 중요한 측면

May 24, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly


우리는 하나의 교단으로서 새로운 미래로 나아가고 있습니다.

‘We are not dying. We are Reforming.”

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:29am

Significant Aspects of the 2016 Statistical Report

May 24, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly


We are moving towards a new future as a denomination.

New incentive loan offered to help churches make campuses more accessible

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:00am

May 24, 2017

Congregations wishing to make their facilities more accessible and inclusive of people living with disabilities have a new option for funding related enhancements to their campuses: The Accessibility Loan from the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program.

Stated Clerk announces creation of new leadership position

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.