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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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with eyes wide open...a reading list for Presbyterians & more...
Curated by Jim Collie
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The Slingshot: Weary pope; Muhammad cartoons; GOP culture warriors - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: Weary pope; Muhammad cartoons; GOP culture warriors - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Everyone's riled up: Gunman shoot at an art exhibit; Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson jump in the 2016 election ring; and Kung Fu nuns take action. At least the pope is making jokes -- sort of.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterians join hundreds in protest to end family detention

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Presbyterians join hundreds in protest to end family detention | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Presbyterians join hundreds in protest to end family detention
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Hundreds protest Obama's immigration policy in South Texas

Hundreds protest Obama's immigration policy in South Texas | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Hundreds of people began arriving in Dilley on Saturday to protest the Obama administration's policy of detaining immigrant families.

Buses from throughout Texas gradually delivered protestors to this community 75 miles south of San Antonio, where the American government in recent months opened a large camp to hold immigrant women and their children as they navigate the immigration processing system.

More than 500 protestors were to march from a park in downtown Dilley 2 miles to the Dilley Family Residential Center, a detention center operated for the Homeland Security Department and which can hold up to 2000 people.
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World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel — World Council of Churches

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel — World Council of Churches | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
During the week following the International Day of Prayer for Peace, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to make a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of advocacy in...
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First Presbyterian Church readies for replacement steeple - Hannibal Courier

First Presbyterian Church readies for replacement steeple - Hannibal Courier | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Members of the First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal know a thing or two about tribulation after being forced to remove the building's steeple after a
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▶ "All that Hath Life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord" (SINE NOMINE) - YouTube

The Sanctuary Choir with Mackenzie Crim, soloist Westminster Presbyterian Church (USA), Greenville, SC April 26, 2015 Conducted by Mark Kemp Nancy Smith, organ
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Prepared coments (sic) to Lehigh Presbytery regarding the marriage amendment - The Layman Online

Prepared coments (sic) to Lehigh Presbytery regarding the marriage amendment - The Layman Online | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I rise to speak against the amendment offered which would redefine marriage in the Book of Order.
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Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool.’

Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool.’ | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
We’re not looking for upscale coffee and pastors in skinny jeans.
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David Brooks on morality, theology, and his personal religious journey - On Faith & Culture

David Brooks on morality, theology, and his personal religious journey - On Faith & Culture | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
On sensitive moral and theological matters, the "New York Times" columnist is ready to share his thinking. But not completely.
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Statement Made by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Executive Board Members regarding the brutal slaughter of Ethiopians living in Libya and South Africa

Statement Made by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Executive Board Members regarding the brutal slaughter of Ethiopians living in Libya and South Africa | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The detestable act committed by the terrorist group had a religious cover; nevertheless, it does not represent any religious belief. As the original purpose of human creation is to do only the good and constructive deeds, almost every religion teaches that human beings should live in peace and harmony by striving together for mutual benefits and contribute to betterment of others. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself...” (Mark 13:31) is the commandment of the Lord to do whatever is good for a neighbor that one does for his own.

Thus, the butchering of the Ethiopian citizens in Libya by this terrorist group under religious veil is to attain their demonic agenda and create hatred and destroy the peaceful relationship between people from different religious backgrounds. Therefore, we denounce their act and the objective they stand for.
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Church of Scotland Statistical Report (And Comparison to the PC(USA) ) - The GA Junkie

Church of Scotland Statistical Report (And Comparison to the PC(USA) ) - The GA Junkie | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
As I was looking through the reports to the Church of Scotland General Assembly 2015 I found the most recent statistical report at the end of the Legal Questions Committee Report. The numbers in the report help to quantify the comments about the declining number of adherents in the Kirk. For example, over the last …
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Rainbow jihad * Sex church * iSwap: April’s Religious Freedom Recap - On Freedom

Rainbow jihad * Sex church * iSwap: April’s Religious Freedom Recap - On Freedom | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Same-sex marriage heads back to SCOTUS. A Tennessee sex club becomes a church to skirt zoning restrictions. And Boko Haram rebrands as iSwap, aligning not with Apple but with the Islamic State. All this and more in April’s global religious freedom recap.
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‘GO’ is the focus for 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium

‘GO’ is the focus for 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Organizers for Presbyterian Youth Triennium have announced their theme for the 2016 event, with one word—“GO.” “We felt God leading us to help some 5,000 young people take their next steps of faith,” says Gina Yeager-Buckley,...
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'Responding to School Violence' conference expands healing camp ministry

'Responding to School Violence' conference expands healing camp ministry | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
'Responding to School Violence' conference expands healing camp ministry
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Associated Church Press awards Presbyterian publications top prizes

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Associated Church Press awards Presbyterian publications top prizes | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Associated Church Press awards Presbyterian publications top prizes
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▶ The new moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon is Rt. Rev. samuel FONKI - YouTube

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Best and worst graduate degrees for jobs

Best and worst graduate degrees for jobs | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
PayScale crunched the numbers and identified the 15 worst and best graduate degrees for job satisfaction, salary and career prospects.
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St. Andrews Presbyterian welcomes the Rev. Robin Reilly - Lebanon Daily News

St. Andrews Presbyterian welcomes the Rev. Robin Reilly - Lebanon Daily News | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Lebanon recently called Reverend Robin Reilly to be its new Pastor and Head of Staff.
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Letter to the Episcopal Cafe Editor: the saga at General Seminary

Letter to the Episcopal Cafe Editor: the saga at General Seminary | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I was completely shocked. But the firing was not what shocked me most. What I found more alarming was that there appeared to be no sense of outrage from the larger Episcopal Church. I kept looking for statements from the office at “815”. I watched for articles from Episcopal News Service. An Episcopal institution of the stature and significance of GTS was hurtling into chaos and no one in authority raised an alarm.

We demand justice for others; yet, we sit by and allow them to fire eight tenured faculty members. We expect and call for transparency and accountability, but when the Board of Trustees (BoT) of this institution was questioned by the faculty and subsequently by other groups, as to their practices, the BoT shut down communication and the questions were re-directed to lawyers. We, TEC, pass multiple resolutions about injustice everywhere yet are very slow to live into it within our own church.
Jim Collie's insight:


from the curator:

You may read the entirety of this column by  clicking on the title.  The Rev. M. Sylvia O. Vásquez, Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Walnut Creek, California writes to a popular blog, the Episcopal Cafe, concerning matters at the Episcopal Church's General Theological Seminary in New York City.  Cogently she protests the situation which came about when the Trustees secretly changed the Operating Procedures of the Seminary removing any faculty voice in the academic affairs of the School, and the firing of eight tenured faculty members.


But her major issue is the silence of denominational leaders and their acceptance of wrongs and injustices - without protest.  There are some similarities to recent PMA matters in the PCUSA and the painful silence of our church leaders. While the situation relating to employees is quite different the similarities of corporate behavior, its silence and the failure of accountability are unhappily alike.

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Jim Collie's curator insight, May 2, 6:52 PM


The Rev. M. Sylvia O. Vásquez, Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Walnut Creek, California

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General Assembly Season 2015 - The GA Junkie

General Assembly Season 2015 - The GA Junkie | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
It is the First of May, the day I have traditionally used to mark the start of the General Assembly Season. (Although you will see it started a bit before that.) There is lots of excitement ahead this year so get ready. Here is this year’s line-up as I know it now. I will update …
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Reasonable Revenue for Responsible Programs: J. Herbert's Remarks on A Faithful Budget

Reasonable Revenue for Responsible Programs: J. Herbert's Remarks on A Faithful Budget | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Tax Justice is Essential to a Faithful Federal BudgetRemarks as prepared by J. Herbert NelsonFaithful Budget Congressional Budget BriefingApril 28, 2015
My name is J.
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This Week in God, 5.2.15

This Week in God, 5.2.15 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
With Pope Francis' spirited remarks on pay equity for women, is he "driving a wedge between conservatives and the Catholic Church"?
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Do the holy work required to end racism (stated clerk's column) - The Presbyterian Outlook

Do the holy work required to end racism (stated clerk's column) - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
If you go to a university that is known for the song “Rocky Top,” then it would seem likely that you might study geology. Geology met my science requirement. So I have some understanding of how the earthquake in Nepal happened. The Indian subcontinent plate pushed against and under the Eurasian plate. The constant crashing of the two plates formed and continues to form the Himalayan mountain range. There is already Internet speculation on how the earthquake might have changed the height of Mount
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The Slingshot: Mixing faith and presidential politics - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: Mixing faith and presidential politics - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Republicans are playing up faith – Democrats playing it down? Pope Francis will speak frankly to Congress. Is John Kasich ‘hiding behind Jesus’? Plus: Feminist hipster Muslims (yeah, Brooklyn) and online tithing for Mormons
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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - May 1 - Religion Press Release Services

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - May 1 - Religion Press Release Services | 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 #1835 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on May 1 (check local listings). Baltimore Tensions – Tensions remain high in Baltimore in the wake of protests—sometimes violent—over the death of an African-American man Freddie Gray, …
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