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$385,000 award enables preservation of historic baptism, marriage, bar mitzvah and burial information

January 9, 2018

Presbyterian Historical Society

Fred Tangeman

PHILADELPHIA

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded a prestigious Digitizing Hidden Collections grant to an interdenominational consortium of institutions holding historic records of Philadelphia congregations.

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), the national archives of the PC(USA), is one of the consortium’s 11 collecting groups. The project was one of 14 recommended for funding in 2017 out of 118 applicants.

January 9, 2018

In the coming weeks, government leaders from several countries around the world will begin receiving mail from Presbyterian churches containing prints or paper cut-outs of red hands. It’s part of the Red Hand Campaign, an initiative to encourage countries to stop the practice of turning children into armed soldiers.

January 8, 2018

We disembark from the taxi with the Rev. Philip Obang, General Secretary of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, at the checkpoint at the edge of the city. Private and public vehicles are not allowed beyond this point.

January 8, 2018

Twelve months ago, the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins packed his bags, said goodbye to his North Carolina congregation at Covenant Presbyterian Church in New Hope Presbytery, and made his way to the nation’s capital as the new director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Public Witness.

January 5, 2018

Nominations are being sought for the 2018 Women of Faith Awards sponsored by Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The 2018 theme is 'Clergywomen who Challenge Racism and Injustice.' 

January 5, 2018

What is a small, isolated Presbyterian church to do if it can’t afford to hire an ordained pastor? As that dilemma becomes more common, several Midwestern presbyteries and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies are collaborating on coursework to train elders for greater responsibilities.

January 5, 2018

The word “epiphany” (from the Greek epiphaneia or theophaneia) means “appearance” or “manifestation” of God, and has roots in the word for sunrise or dawn. For Christians, Christmas marks the coming of God to us; Epiphany celebrates the appearance of the Lord in the midst of humanity. Epiphany not only reveals the Savior to the world but also calls the world to show forth Christ — to be witnesses to God’s true light.

January 4, 2018

The Rev. Charles Leo Stanford, Jr. died December 18, 2017, after nearly 60 years of ministry with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) He was 83 years old.

January 4, 2018

The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) is encouraging Presbyterians to join other religious leaders this month in an action against the Wendy’s Restaurant chain. On January 18, faith leaders around the country are planning a National Day of Fasting and Witness to protest the corporation’s refusal to join the Fair Food Program.

January 3, 2018

The Presbyterian Writers Guild (PWG) is accepting nominations now for its 2018 Best First Book Award, honoring the best first book by a Presbyterian author published during the calendar years of 2016-2017.

January 3, 2018

The collegiate ministry network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will launch new curriculum addressing gun violence at UKirk National Summit, a pre-event to the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis, June 16-23.

January 2, 2018

No one likes to lose a church member. Now imagine the prospect of losing 70 percent of a congregation. Marturia Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New Hampshire, is facing such a reality as its Indonesian members have fallen under the focus of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

December 29, 2017

When the news about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment became public, women flooded social media with the hashtag #MeToo. In solidarity with women who were harmed by Weinstein, women shared their personal stories of being emotionally and physically demeaned by men.

December 29, 2017

Not unlike many urban centers around the nation, Madison, Wisconsin is undergoing what can only be called a renaissance. Lured by work in the healthcare technology and other industries, hundreds of young adults are pouring into the downtown area to work and live in the transformed environment of housing, shopping and recreation.

December 28, 2017

The Rev. Peg Roy of First Presbyterian Church in Auburndale, Florida, is being recognized by the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle as a Game Changer in her community, as part of the organization’s #iamagamechanger campaign.

December 28, 2017

In January 2017, remembering his legacy and recalling the “Dr. King’s Unfinished Agenda” conference (PNS stories #1, #2 and #3) at the Montreat Conference Center, Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), urged the church to work to stand against “racism, poverty, war, and materialism” by issuing the “MLK Weekend: A Call to Action” letter.

December 27, 2017

The immigration conversation is nowhere close to being done. The political discourse around immigration continues to affect communities and the church — in both its witness and its membership. It’s a conversation that should compel leaders (including sessions and mid councils) to continue discerning the call of the church, especially when it comes to welcoming people who come to the United States in pursuit of a better life.

December 27, 2017

While most people are spending their Christmas break relaxing with family and friends, the cleanup work continues for people living across Florida, still recovering from this fall’s Hurricane Irma.

December 25, 2017

Pido en oración que actuemos y oremos para erradicar el clima global de opresión e indiferencia
entre nuestra gente.

December 25, 2017

It is my prayer that we will both act and pray to eradicate the global climate of oppression and indifference towards one another. May we be willing to declare the call to a peace that surpasses all understanding.

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