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'Death cafes' normalize a difficult, not morbid, topic - Religion News Service

'Death cafes' normalize a difficult, not morbid, topic - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) No one wants to talk about death at the dinner table, says Lizzy Miles, a social worker in Columbus, Ohio. But sometimes people need to talk about the "taboo'' topic.
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The Slingshot: Catholic girls hope school says yes to the dress - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: Catholic girls hope school says yes to the dress - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Richard III is rehab'd and reburied, Catholic school girls hope the principal says yes to the dress, and a flock of adoring nuns mob the pope. All that and more in today's Slingshot.
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – March 27

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – March 27 | 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 #1830 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on March 27 (check local listings).
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Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

The new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum is succeeding the long-standing denominational curriculum We Believe: God’s Word for God’s People.


Growing in Grace & Gratitude will help transform the lives of children and those who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude. This new quarterly curriculum, coming fall 2015, is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship. The curriculum extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love, and it reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.

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How bad is Indiana’s religious freedom bill?

How bad is Indiana’s religious freedom bill? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Not as bad as its opponents fear.
The post How bad is Indiana’s religious freedom bill? appeared first on Spiritual Politics.
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The Slingshot: The mystery of evil, signs of hope

The Slingshot: The mystery of evil, signs of hope | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Germanwings crash and the mystery of evil. Pope Francis on joy. That & more at The Slingshot
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Justice Unbound: Paying Rent Through Service

Justice Unbound:  Paying Rent Through Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Freedom Schools with the Children’s Defense Fund The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools program is a summer literacy program that mostly, but not exclusively, serves children of color in low-income communities.
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Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This Lenten season, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches to pray on Sunday 29 March for those affected by wars in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. The season of prayer is meant to revive hope from hopelessness, taking into account the vulnerability of minority communities and the threat of losing the diversity of the social fabric in this region.

“Many churches and Christians around the world have offered signs of solidarity and sympathy through prayer vigils, humanitarian assistance and advocacy for just peace. Despite these efforts, so many still feel powerless and incapable of making any impact and change,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, in a letter of invitation to prayer addressed to the churches, issued on 24 March.
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Mihee Kim-Kort on Pastoral Identity: Being Grateful

Mihee Kim-Kort on Pastoral Identity: Being Grateful | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Being Grateful An excerpt from...
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The Slingshot: A missing minister and Sunday school blues

The Slingshot: A missing minister and Sunday school blues | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
What’s changed since the Supreme Court took buffer zones away from abortion clinics

The Supreme Court has upheld the right to protest on public sidewalks, all the way up to a clinic’s front door. And for those who equate abortion with murder, showing up each day with signs, flyers, and rosary beads may feel like God’s work. But even the most dedicated among them know that true “saves” are few and far between.
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Celebrating African American History Month

Celebrating African American History Month | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
At the end of the Civil War, education was one of the primary needs of the emerging people, and African American women and men assisted in laying a firm foundation for knowledge. For the first time, many attended institutions and received degrees before going on to work in schools that were established by the Board of Freedmen, and later the Board of National Missions, of the Presbyterian Church.

African Americans have served as pastors, Christian educators, musicians, mid council executives and moderators of the General Assembly and in various leadership roles with Presbyterian Women and other ministries of the church. African American women and men continue to utilize their gifts and talents to serve God and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Our faith as Presbyterians calls us to walk alongside those who are oppressed and to create opportunities and change environments so that all who have gifts for ministry can fully live out their call.
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Dreaming of a church with no steeples, buildings

Dreaming of a church with no steeples, buildings | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

“I really get farms,” he says. “They make sense to me organizationally.” 

Over the months ahead, as the pastors continued to talk and pray together, they began to realize each had gifts the others didn’t—that together, they might bring to life the dream God had given Johnston-Krase. 

“Ben doesn’t have the farming background, but he’s a woo [winning others over] guy   with great charisma, he inspires people,” says Brimer. 

“Brandon has this wild-eyed justice community organizing sense about him, to transform the world.” 

The vision for Farm Church was taking form. It would be organized not around a steeple, building, or neighborhood, but around worship and the mission of food justice, food security, and sustainable living. 

New church in a new way for the spiritually hungry who are skeptical of religious institutions, that feeds people in the community together—physically, spiritually, and nutritionally. 

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Anne Lamott - Life is impossible. I wrote in Small... | Facebook

Life is impossible. I wrote in Small Victories that life is so lifey, but that is going too easy on it. One synonym for God, besides the big...
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Obama gives Birmingham pastor shout-out for work against payday lenders

Obama gives Birmingham pastor shout-out for work against payday lenders | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
One of Alabama's most outspoken opponents of payday lenders has been the Rev. Shannon Webster, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham. Obama lauded him during his speech.
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Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials ...

Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials ... | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Central American children find support from the church in their legal battle for political asylum Guardian Angel program holds court officials accountable
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Calif. AG asks judge to halt initiative to kill gays

Calif. AG asks judge to halt initiative to kill gays | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES --The ballot initiative is given no chance of becoming law, but it gives sponsors a means to attract attention to their proposal.
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Indianapolis mayor calls state’s ‘Religious freedom’ bill a ‘wrong signal’

Indianapolis mayor calls state’s ‘Religious freedom’ bill a ‘wrong signal’ | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Church leaders and the GOP mayor of Indianapolis want the Indiana governor to veto, not sign, a bill that gives legal protection to business owners who refuse to serve gay couples.
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Morning Buzz | Pope Francis Calls Death Penalty “Unacceptable”

In today's buzz, a small township in PA rejected an application for Islamic cemetery, and the last day to register for the release of our new survey.
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Grawemeyer Award winner Willie James Jennings to discuss race and theology at Louisville Seminary April 15

Grawemeyer Award winner Willie James Jennings to discuss race and theology at Louisville Seminary April 15 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Grawemeyer Award winner Willie James Jennings to discuss race and theology at Louisville Seminary April 15
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4 Heartland Presbyterian churches get threat

4 Heartland Presbyterian churches get threat | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
As many as four Presbyterian churches in southeast Missouri have received threats that their buildings will be burned to the ground.
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Mark Oestreicher on Pastoral Identity: Through the Lens of Belonging

Mark Oestreicher on Pastoral Identity: Through the Lens of Belonging | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Through the Lens of Belonging ...
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PMA Executive Committee Minutes Closed Session December 11, 2014 - released publicly December 23, 2014

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Student Opportunity Scholarship: Overcoming the Odds

Student Opportunity Scholarship:  Overcoming the Odds | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Growing up in West Anaheim, California, in a household with limited financial resources—and in a community with disproportionately low college enrollment rates—Botejue said “the odds seemed stacked against me.” 

“Through the encouragement of my parents, church family, and teachers, I knew I wanted to go to college and be the first person in my family to obtain a degree,” he said. “The problem was paying for it.” 

When Botejue learned about—and was subsequently awarded—a Student Opportunity Scholarship through the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Financial Aid for Service, he was overwhelmed with gratitude. 
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Chicago Presbytery: Presbyterians Travel Together on Mission Trip to Egypt

Chicago Presbytery:  Presbyterians Travel Together on Mission Trip to Egypt | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Witnessing Hope, Unity, and the Power of Prayer Submitted by Caryl Weinberg, Evanston First In November 2014, 7 of us from Evanston First, including our Senior Pastor Ray Hylton, visited Egypt.
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