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Tensions flare over women’s prayers at sacred Western Wall

Tensions flare over women’s prayers at sacred Western Wall | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (RNS) The ultra-Orthodox rabbi in charge of the sacred Western Wall assured a government emissary on Thursday (April 4) that Jewish women will not be arrested if they try to recite the mourner’s prayer at the holy site, despite a warning...
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This Week in God, 4.25.15

This Week in God, 4.25.15 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
One Republican candidate raised the idea of an American theocracy under a "secular church" -- which seems like a brazen oxymoron.
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Presbyterian Historical Society: The Presbyterian Beginnings of Fundamentalism

Presbyterian Historical Society:  The Presbyterian Beginnings of Fundamentalism | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Note: The following blog post is the first of three that will run this year on Fundamentalism and Presbyterians. The second, on the Scopes Monkey Trial, will run in June and the third in September--DK
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First Presbyterian Theater's 'Nunsense' finds hilarity among the holy - News Sentinel

First Presbyterian Theater's 'Nunsense' finds hilarity among the holy - News Sentinel | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
First Presbyterian Theater's 'Nunsense' finds hilarity among the holy News Sentinel WHAT: In this funny musical, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 sisters with the vichyssoise she prepared, and the remaining sisters are in...
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An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale... - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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J. Herbert Nelson Stands with Striking workers, remarks as prepared

J. Herbert Nelson Stands with Striking workers, remarks as prepared | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Opening Speech given by Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Rally for a Good Jobs NationWednesday, April 22, 2015 (remarks as prepared) Today, I am happy to represent the faith community in affirming that all work matters and that all workers...
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Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Fighting mass incarceration and systems of exploitation

Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Fighting mass incarceration and systems of exploitation | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Fighting mass incarceration and systems of exploitation
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Stated Clerk: Confession of Belhar approved by presbyteries

Stated Clerk:  Confession of Belhar approved by presbyteries | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Affirming our commitment to unity, reconciliation, and justice, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted through our presbyteries to add the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions. The final step will be a vote at the next General Assembly. Done in a spirit of shalom and with a desire for wholeness, the church has said we acknowledge this confession to be relevant for such a time as this in the life of this denomination, and that we diligently desire to live into it as part of the body of Christ.

We recognize our need to confess the ways this denomination has contributed to racism historically and even still today, and mourn all the ways we have fallen short. We believe this Confession, appropriated for this time and place, can bring about reconciliation and justice, and allow us to more fully follow Jesus in ministry and mission.

I commend each presbytery and congregation that took time to carefully study Belhar, and invite the whole church now to find unique and contextual ways to incorporate it into your journey. Various resources are available at pcusa.org/belhar.

Grace and Peace!
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Confession of Belhar approved by presbyteries

Confession of Belhar approved by presbyteries | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted through its presbyteries to add the Confession of Belhar to The Book of Confessions.
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Stated Clerk advert from Elizabeth Presbytery

Stated Clerk advert from Elizabeth Presbytery | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
As Elizabeth Presbytery moves from ‘regulatory’ to ‘relational,’ we’re looking for a Stated Clerk who will bring creativity and flexibility to the implementation of our polity.
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GA committee reviewing the Presbyterian Mission Agency performs considerable work, anticipates more to do

GA committee reviewing the Presbyterian Mission Agency performs considerable work, anticipates more to do | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“We fully expect to present a comprehensive and timely report with specific recommendations to the General Assembly by February 19, 2016, the deadline for submitting General Assembly reports,” Maxim said.

Joining Maxim on the committee are Debra Avery; Eric Beene; Tacey Braithwaite; Nancy Muth; Kenneth G. Page; Stephen Proctor; Chris Rhodes; Barbara G. Sarjeant; Elizabeth Swee; James N. Tse; and J. Perry Wootten.

The committee’s work stems from an action by the 213th General Assembly (2001) mandating that the agencies of the denomination be reviewed every six years to evaluate the relationship of the agencies’ individual ministries with the mission of the whole denomination. PMA was last reviewed in 2008.
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Faith Community Stands with Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers

Faith Community Stands with Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
wAmerican Friends Service Committee w Bread for the World w Office of Social Justice of the Christian Reformed Church w Church World Service wDisciples Center for Public Witness (Disciples of Christ) wEcumenical Poverty Initiative w Evangelical...
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Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) and school wants its own police force

Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) and school wants its own police force | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
But lawyer Eric Johnston, who advertised the bill for Briarwood, said Briarwood is unique because it has a church, a seminary, an elementary school and a high school. There is activity on the property almost 24 hours a day and a police force, he said, would be cheaper than hired security.
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PC(USA) calls on Indonesian government to halt execution of Mary Jane Veloso - The Presbyterian Outlook

PC(USA) calls on Indonesian government to halt execution of Mary Jane Veloso - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Mary Jane Veloso, a 30-year-old Filipino woman convicted of alleged drug trafficking, has been transferred to a detention center on Indonesia’s Nusakambangan Island, where she awaits execution by firing squad pending an appeal process. “Mary Jane’s lawyers were planning to submit an appeal on Monday [April 27] based on new evidence, specifically that she was a victim of human trafficking. They hurriedly submitted their appeal, a mere 10 minutes before the courts closed on Friday
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Oakmont Presbyterian Church to celebrate 50th anniversary - Hoover Sun

Oakmont Presbyterian Church to celebrate 50th anniversary - Hoover Sun | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Oakmont Presbyterian Church, at 1817 Patton Chapel Road in Hoover, celebrates its 50th anniversary as a church this year. The celebration will be on Sunday, May 17. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m.
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Mary Robinson arrives at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) - Black Mountain News

Black Mountain News Mary Robinson arrives at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church Black Mountain News Mary Katherine Robinson has been called a senior minister at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church and began her ministry April 20 as the 19th head of...
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Rhashell Hunter receives life membership award from Presbyterian Women

Rhashell Hunter receives life membership award from Presbyterian Women | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) The Rev. Rhashell Hunter, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)’s Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, was honored with the Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership Award during the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board meeting...
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Presbyterian Mission Agency Board affirms Purdue as location for 2016 Youth Triennium

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board affirms Purdue as location for 2016 Youth Triennium | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterian Mission Agency Board affirms Purdue as location for 2016 Youth Triennium
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Huffington Post: The United Church Of Bacon Accuses Wells Fargo Of Religious Discrimination

Huffington Post:  The United Church Of Bacon Accuses Wells Fargo Of Religious Discrimination | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Plenty of people of all stripes have been known to greet bacon with a firm "hallelujah," especially on hungover Sundays. But one group in particular means their praise quite literally: adherents of The United Church of Bacon.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) representatives commemorate tragedy in Bangladesh

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) representatives commemorate tragedy in Bangladesh | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Representatives of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) are joining an international delegation in Bangladesh today to commemorate the two year anniversary of a factory collapse that left more than 1,100 people dead and 2,500...
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Church Women United marks 100th year of helping others - Columbus Dispatch

Church Women United marks 100th year of helping others - Columbus Dispatch | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A women’s organization known for providing clothes to newborns, skills to women in prison and help to families in need celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – April 24

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – April 24 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1834 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on April 24 (check local listings).
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New PC(USA) denominational children’s curriculum includes children with disabilities and special needs

New PC(USA) denominational children’s curriculum includes children with disabilities and special needs | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) The new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum, Growing in Grace & Gratitude, supports an environment that helps children of all abilities experience God’s grace.
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Churches in six states honored for inspiring ministries

Churches in six states honored for inspiring ministries | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
RICHMOND, Va. – Seven churches in six states have received Congregational Leadership Awards from Union Presbyterian Seminary (Union) for their innovative ministry programs. Each church will receive $1,000 to support the congregation in its ministry.
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The Slingshot: Bioethics and elected exegetes, and a halal sex shop - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: Bioethics and elected exegetes, and a halal sex shop - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Bobby Jindal is standing firm on gay marriage and religious freedom, a North Carolina bishop bars a nun from a parish LGBT workshop, and the NFL accommodates Pope Francis -- but not Rosh Hashanah. Plus: editing the human genome
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