Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), will give a preview of the upcoming 221st General Assembly at a luncheon sponsored by the Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) on Tuesday, March 25 at Cobo Center.
At the February 22 Presbytery Meeting, the Mission Interpretation Ministry Team is asking each congregation to make a pledge to Shared Mission of the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. Each of these councils conducts mission. The Presbytery trains and equips leaders for ministry. Your mission dollars also support ministry with youth and young adults on the college campus and in the city of Detroit (Barnabas Youth Opportunities and the Second Mile Center).
WHY YOUR CHURCH SHOULD SEND PEOPLE TO THE 3/22 WORKSHOP ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND CHILD PROTECTION POLICIES
The Pastoral Response Team of COM will conduct a workshop on writing sexual misconduct and child protection policies on Saturday, March 22 from 9 am-noon at Westminster Detroit.
It is very important that churches send people to this workshop for the following reasons:
Slideshow of the Installation Ceremony on January 28, 2014 at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Detroit. Photos by Bob Ponder.
Among the major actions taken at the January 28, 2014 meeting of the Detroit Presbytery was the installation of the new Moderator and Vice Moderator. During a worship service that included the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and the recognition of travelers to Thika Presbytery in Africa, Presbytery installed Ruling Elder Harold Ellis as Moderator and Teaching Elder Judy Shipman as Vice Moderator for 2014.
Presbyterian Today's Jan/Feb diversity and worshiping communities issue features an article about several Detroit congregations. It's a not-to-be-missed read! Article linked here.
Morning Psalm 43
1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
deliver me! 2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
because of the oppression of the enemy?
3 O send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
March 8, 2014
"Women are not the problem. Women are the solution."
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women’s Executive Director, reminded those gathered for Ecumenical Women at the United Nations orientation for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women of this reality.
She went on to note that "You cannot end poverty without empowering women." Her presentation focused on the theme of the Commission: "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls."
Noting the connection between ending violence against women and girls and achieving empowerment and
Originally posted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches by Anna Krueger
Dora Arce Valentín, the World Communion of Reformed Churches’ executive secretary for justice and partnership, will join a delegation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that will advocate for gender equity with the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This Commission is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Read the whole story
Dora Arce Valentín, the World Communion of Reformed Churches’ executive secretary for justice and partnership, will join a delegation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that will advocate for gender equity with the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This Commission is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.
Read the whole story
Arce Valentín will
Illinois church experiments with worshiping in ways familiar and new
March 7, 2014
Members of Winnetka Presbyterian Church took selfies, tweeted and engaged in other social media during worship Feb. 23. —Karen Bowen
Special to Presbyterian News Service
Though it was the seventh Sunday in ‘ordinary time,’ it was hardly an ordinary Sunday for the
Presbyterian News Service
Jerry L. Van Marter
A compilation of news from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related seminaries.
Led by Neal Presa, event includes presentations on race, gender, religious identities
Whitworth University News
Lucas J. Beechinor
Whitworth University will host the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s third Conversation on Unity with Difference March 12-14 in the Seeley Mudd Chapel. The three-day event, organized and led by PC(USA) General Assembly Moderator Neal Presa, will feature seven presentations on topics related to race, gender and religious identities.
Religion News Service
Sarah Pulliam Bailey
Members of one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to leave the denomination, despite facing an $8.89 million cost for leaving.
The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will meet from March 10 – 21, 2014 in New York. This functional commission will make recommendations on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.” Sources of information about the Commission include:
As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life.
Increase in church workers’ pensions is largest since 1999
March 6, 2014
Buoyed by a 17.1 percent return on its balanced investment portfolio in 2013, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Board of Pensions (BOP) voted here March 1 to approve a 4.6 percent experience apportionment, the largest such increase since 1999.
Latin American Council of Churches
distributed by Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency
In light of the current socio-political situation in Venezuela, the Central Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela (IPV) at its XXXIV Council, held from Feb. 14-16 in Valles del Tuy, made public a Pastoral Letter to the Venezuelan people, as “a modest contribution to peace and understanding between those of us who live in this land of grace.”