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Friday's Religion News Roundup: Franciscan style * Girls Football * Dirty Wars - Religion News Service

Friday's Religion News Roundup: Franciscan style * Girls Football * Dirty Wars - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The pope settles up his hotel tab, Cardinal Dolan's mother thinks he should smile more, and a megachurch pastor tells a minor that Jesus wanted them to get a motel room.
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Morning Jew * Nienstedt doubles down * Papal politics : Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Morning Jew * Nienstedt doubles down * Papal politics : Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Pope Francis is the latest victim of Washington's political dysfunction. New York City can't seem to get it together (maybe that explains Mika's misstep), and St. Marianne is back in Hawaii. All that and more in today's Roundup.
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House and Senate Border and Immigration Bills

House and Senate Border and Immigration Bills (House and Senate Border and Immigration Bills http://t.co/T4EQ1nC4JI Office of the General Assembly)
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United Methodists, faith leaders arrested - The United Methodist Church

United Methodists, faith leaders arrested - The United Methodist Church | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Faith leaders and immigration activists arrested in protest of deportation of 1,100 people daily by President Obama's administration.
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Holy Poverty and The Seminary

Holy Poverty and The Seminary | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I am not your employee. I am your pastor. I am poor. Any wealth I may posses comes directly from the pockets of others.
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On Gaza: If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

On Gaza: If you wrong us, shall we not revenge? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
When Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in response to cross-border terrorist rocket-fire, European (see here and here) and US leaders endorsed their claim to have just cause. But were they right to do so?
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Company of New Pastors announces expansion plans

Company of New Pastors announces expansion plans | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

With more than 400 current participants and 500 alumni/ae, the Company of New Pastors (CNP) is setting its sights even higher.  

The Rev. Karen Russell, who provides oversight for CNP — a transition-into-ministry program centered in helping seminary students develop a deeply theological core as they enter pastoral ministry — says the program is seeking to broaden its availability. 


“I think a program like this is even more important today,” said Russell. “Providing for the support and formation of new pastors and pastors-to-be seems to be a no-brainer

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Reordering our ordered ministry - The Presbyterian Outlook

Reordering our ordered ministry - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
When the store or online retailer cancels your order, what do you do? You reorder the item there or elsewhere. When graduating seniors seated in alphabetical order fall out of sequence, the monitors do their best to reorder them. When the ministry ordained and structured by God goes awry, ecclesiastical leaders reorder the company of leaders. Given the awkward way that divine inspiration and intentions mix with the ever-creative ways human agents prove to be so undivine, the need to reorder ministries has always been with us. So last Sunday, when floating in the neighborhood pool and conversing with a …
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Columbia president affirms faith despite spreading cancer - The Presbyterian Outlook

Columbia president affirms faith despite spreading cancer - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The news was not what anyone wanted to hear: despite aggressive treatment, the pancreatic cancer has spread in the body of Steve Hayner, the beloved, gifted president of Columbia Theological Seminary. The board of Columbia seminary will meet Aug. 7 to determine whether Deborah Flemister Mullen, the executive vice-president and dean of faculty, will remain as acting president as she has been since early June while Hayner received treatment, or whether other arrangements need to be made as the start of the fall semester approaches. The board also is expected to appoint a search committee to consider candidates for an …
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Office of Public Witness: Federal Jobs Lead the Marketplace

Office of Public Witness:  Federal Jobs Lead the Marketplace | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Reverend J. Herbert Nelson Joins Workers and Faith Leaders in Demanding Better Jobs for Federal Workers Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not...
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Grace for refugees from Central America

Grace for refugees from Central America | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Two years ago, Grace Presbyterian Church didn’t exist. In its place were three congregations—all worried they might not survive.


Now, after merging in November 2012, they are together and engaged in a much larger survival story of some 2,000 refugees from Central America.


How they and Grace ended up together—and what they did for each other—is remarkable.


“You don’t forget seeing the children’s mouths,” says Grace member Ruth Aguirre. “Full of sores from dehydration. They’d had no food and water for days at time in getting here.”

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Debunking Israel's 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes

Debunking Israel's 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
From 'Gaza isn't occupied' to 'Hamas doesn't want a ceasefire' to 'Israel doesn't target civilians', it's time to rebut the key talking points of Israeli spokespersons such as Mark Regev. After all, you're entitled to your own opinions, but not your ...
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New Name for CEP

New Name for CEP | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
On June 18, 2014, the 42nd General Assembly approved a name change for the Committee on Christian Education and Publications (CEP), which will now be known as the Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM).
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Ebola outbreak * Eid Mubarak * Wedding decline: Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Ebola outbreak * Eid Mubarak * Wedding decline: Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A doctor working with Samaritan's Purse in Liberia tested positively for Ebola. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr ending Ramadan has begun. And Catholic Church weddings have declined 40% between 2000 and 2012.
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WCC to hold seminar on migration and theological education — World Council of Churches

How should the growing phenomenon of migration affect training for ministry?
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Unaccompanied Children Crisis — Presbyterian Disaster Assistance — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency

Unaccompanied Children Crisis — Presbyterian Disaster Assistance — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Unaccompanied Children Crisis (Please take a moment to read how you can help:
Unaccompanied Children Crisis — Presbyterian Disaster Assistance http://t.co/muMcYC7IgB)...
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One in mission — Presbyterians Today Magazine — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency

One in mission — Presbyterians Today Magazine — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“New approaches to theological education open doors for more ‘shepherd servants.’ (RT @LindaBValentine: Read about new approaches to theological education in the August issue of @presby_today http://t.co/LEJ2WrYiZV...”;
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Low Wages, Student Debt, and 'The Call:' Financing Seminary Education

Low Wages, Student Debt, and 'The Call:' Financing Seminary Education | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The average Master of Divinity student (the degree for pastoral training) graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans — sometimes entering into the six-digit category. According to the U.S. department of labor, the median wage for a pastor is $43,800 — not a salary that lends itself to paying off high-end loans.
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Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA

Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has adjourned in Houston, Texas. There w...
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Justice Unbound: The Presbyterian Pre-Occupation with the Occupation of Palestine

Justice Unbound:  The Presbyterian Pre-Occupation with the Occupation of Palestine | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Construing and Misconstruing the “Divestment” Vote The Middle East is full of bad news these days. Whether the Presbyterian vote to divest from three U.S.
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Grace Presbytey provides Resources to help you understand the actions of the 221st General Assembly

Grace Presbytey provides Resources to help you understand the actions of the 221st General Assembly | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The following documents are provided to help you understand the actions of the 221st General Assembly that met in June, 2014.
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Treasure in Churches * Abortion Euphemisms * Nienstedt Report: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Treasure in Churches * Abortion Euphemisms * Nienstedt Report: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Yes, "Sharknado 2" is out tonight, but we have the rest of the religion news, including word that the report on Archbishop Nienstedt is done. Plus: Nuns build a house of straw. And Grover Norquist goes to Burning Man. Would you?
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God's laundry * Zen obit * Pentecostal apology : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

God's laundry * Zen obit * Pentecostal apology : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presenting the wonderful ministry of the laundromat. At 107, a revered and reviled Zen master is dead. Pope Francis offers an apology to Pentecostals.
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Where refugees to the U.S. come from

Where refugees to the U.S. come from | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

A look at the makeup of where refugees come from and their number provides a glimpse into global events and the U.S.’s role in providing a safe haven for people around the world. Most of today’s refugees are from Burma (Myanmar) and Iraq. The U.S. admitted fewer refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in 2001, but the total annual number of refugees has trended upward since then.


The U.S. Code defines a refugee as any person outside of the U.S. that is of special humanitarian concern to the U.S. and “has a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Refugees are different from asylum seekers, who meet the same definition but are already residing in the U.S. or pursuing admission at a port of entry (like the U.S.-Mexican border), according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Carol Howard Merritt: Pastors in poverty | The Christian Century

Carol Howard Merritt:  Pastors in poverty | The Christian Century | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Most of us have seen this coming for a decade, but it’s still startling to read the headlines in theAtlanticThe Vanishing of Middle Class Clergy.


None of this is news. We know pastors who feed their children with food stamps.


When disastrous things happen, clergy have learned to give one another money because sometimes we’re the only ones in the church (or the neighborhood) who can’t go to the church with a financial problem.

Jim Collie's insight:


Carol Howard Merritt is author of Tribal Church and cohost of God Complex RadioHer blog is hosted by the Century.

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New, approved translation of the Heidelberg Catechism explored in Being Reformed study

New, approved translation of the Heidelberg Catechism explored in Being Reformed study | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
New, approved translation of the Heidelberg Catechism explored in Being Reformed study
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